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WINNER UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who stopped by to talk about unique business names. There were a lot of VERY clever names!
Random.org chose ritabeat60@aol.com’s comment to win the print copy of More Than a Touch. Congrats, Rita! Check your email for details.
 
 

Lately, I have been very intrigued by military-themed romances. This is the third in as many books I have read that have fallen into this category, and I am excited to share a new-to-Kindles and Wine author Alexis Morgan’s take on this theme. Let’s start with the book’s deets.

More Than a Touch cover

Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Length: 336 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Snowberry Creek, Book 2
Publisher: Signet (Penguin)
Source & Format: Review copy provided by publisher; paperback
 
Official Summary
In the town of Snowberry Creek, there is always hope….
 
Wounded in combat, Leif Brevik is haunted by survivor’s guilt. For the first time in his life—unsure if he still has a military career in his future—he feels completely lost. So when a war buddy calls for help with restoration of their fallen brother’s house, he jumps at the chance to regain a sense of purpose.
 
Zoe Phillips is assigned to monitor Leif’s physical therapy while he’s in town. But she’s a former military nurse, and she senses that his wounds are more than just physical. As she pushes the handsome soldier to open up, the connection between them deepens beyond the professional facade she tries to maintain.
 
And as Leif begins to put down roots in her beloved hometown, Zoe realizes that maybe having him around is exactly what she needs to heal her own wounded heart as well….
 
 

Sunny‘s Review

I struggled a bit to get into More Than a Touch. The nicknames, characters, background, etc. were written as though they should be familiar. After a bit of difficulty grasping all of the nuances, I realized why: this is the second book in the new-to-me Snowberry Creek series. {BLUSHING} Once I got the people figured out, I found myself enjoying it much more. I do plan to go back and read the first book in the series. I would love to better understand how it all started.

Snowberry Creek is the type of setting I love! It has a true hometown feel where even new people are welcome and feel like they are surrounded by friends. Leif Brevik has no plans to get attached to this town, because he has a strong need to go back to war—being a soldier is the only life he has known and is where he feels he belongs. But he likes Snowberry Creek as he goes through rehabilitation of injuries from his recent tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has a great friend to stay with who has even given him a renovation job while he heals. All of the care he is surrounded with in this town is what I loved best about Snowberry Creek. As for Leif, I loved the strength he showed in certain aspects of his life, but even more than this, I loved his vulnerabilities and how they shaped him throughout the story.

Zoe Phillips has some issues of her own. Helping others as a nurse practitioner is definitely her focus in life, but I loved how she began to see how much her life lacked otherwise. She is the ultimate professional and never crosses any lines, especially since she has her own vulnerabilities due to her time at war. But that proves to be difficult when Leif becomes one of her patients. What I loved most about Zoe was how she handled herself as everything she was comfortable with in life changed and her focus began to waver. Some of my favorite elements of this story included what she discovers about herself while treating Leif and when she lets herself experience more of the life in Snowberry Creek.

The relationship aspect of More Than a Touch took a while to get off the ground due to the baggage that both Leif and Zoe kept so close, but their chemistry was immediate. I found it frustrating yet realistic how they evolved in their relationship. I felt like it took a bit too long for their relationship to develop, yet I did like them as a couple overall. The common ground of both serving in Afghanistan created some very well-written moments throughout the story.

Once I got into the story, I felt the pacing was excellent. The heart of the issues in More Than a Touch were a constant, yet built in to that main story were some other great characters and story lines. Nick and Callie were the reason Leif ended up in Snowberry Creek and their friendships were very special. Mooch, Nick’s dog, was AWESOME! His squirrel/bird-chasing antics had me laughing out loud, and he truly brought out the best in Leif and all others he came into contact with! I loved the physical therapist, Isaac, and Mitch, a fellow patient that Leif gets into some trouble with at BEERS, the bar in town. :)  Austin, who has had some trouble of his own, provides a very touching aspect to this story as well. I truly enjoyed the variety of characters and how they enhanced the story and made Snowberry Creek the special town it is.

Bottom Line

If you enjoy military-themed contemporary romance and stories with vulnerable characters who are in a town surrounded by those helping them, More Than a Touch would be a great book to pick up. If you like series set in a small town, Snowberry Creek is a great place to travel. I wish I would have read Book 1 in this series first, but if you are willing to work through a bit of confusion in the beginning, this can be read as a standalone.

Rating: B (4 stars)

Wine/Beverage Pairing: Beer in a bottle (what Leif always drank at the bar in Snowberry Creek called BEERS).

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More Than a Touch Giveaway

The lovely folks at Berkley/NAL have generously offered to give away a print copy of More Than a Touch to ONE lucky Kindles & Wine reader (U.S. residents only).

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  2. I was struck by the name of the bar, BEERS, in More Than a Touch. It reminded me of the mini-vacation I took to Las Vegas with my husband where one of the casinos had businesses named things like “The Hotel,” “The Lounge,” etc. Hit the comments and tell me: What is an interesting name of a business that struck you as funny?

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