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Stormi's Review: Healed: Stone and Pepper (Cliffside Bay #7) by Tess Thompson


APC PUBLISHER: Tess Thompson RELEASED: June 24, 2019 GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE LENGTH: 307 pages FORMAT: EBOOK

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It's Cliffside Bay and beyond in this heartwarming enemies-to-lovers romantic adventure from USA Today bestselling author Tess Thompson.

Stone Hickman is the last of a dying breed. The former Marine believes in integrity, service to his country, a hard day's work, and taking care of his loved ones. When he meets the clever Pepper Griffin, their obvious attraction has him ready to count the stunning beauty among the people that he cares for. But Pepper doesn't share the instant connection. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. And for honest, straightforward Stone, not knowing why only makes the rejection worse. Pepper Griffin is the epitome of scrappy. For years she's struggled to make acting her career without any help at all from her famous father. While she's still accepting meager roles with little screen time, her best friend has steadily risen to the height of fame. To make matters worse, that very same friend is happily in love, newly engaged, and wants poor Pepper, whose love life is as sad and pathetic as her last film role, to serve as her maid-of-honor while Pepper's enemy, Stone Hickman, is sure to be the groom's best man. Though Pepper despises the best man, she loves the bride-to-be more. To keep the peace, Pepper willingly includes Stone in the wedding planning process. When the unlikely pair find themselves stranded in a snowstorm while searching for the perfect venue, they'll have to work together to survive the chill even if that means thawing Pepper's heart.

FIVE BOUNDLESS STARS

Stone, Kyle's brother, is ex-military and a contractor. Pepper is a friend of Lisa and Maggie's. Up until this point, Pepper has been rude to Stone because of his military background, but of course, he was already smitten. Pepper has a bad past with men after a tragedy left her shaken. This story gives her and Stone a new start. As friends or lovers? Read and find out. I have loved this series, and this book was no different. I loved it. This story gives you a better look at both Stone and Pepper. They both have been in previous books, but this book gave us a more in-depth look into their individual stories. I love Stone. For a tough ex-military guy he is such a great guy and big softy. He is a great character all around. Pepper, I'll be honest, was not my favorite before this. She just seemed snooty, but this book made me fall in love with her. Her tough outside hides a more fragile inside. She really is awesome. I loved this story. From the storyline, the settings, the drama, and yes you guessed it the romance I just loved it all. It was well written and an excellent read from start to finish. Now, I couldn't review this book without giving a bit of an honest author review as well. Tess has a way of putting characters on the page and making them so real. She writes about subjects that are usually very hard to talk, see, or read about. She does it in a way that makes each book a heartbreaking and heartwarming read all at once. Tess is one of my favorite new authors. She amazes me with every turn of a page and every new book that I read. Healed is another amazing book!


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