A SoCal State of Mind
by Christie Ridgway, author of Take My Breath Away (Harlequin HQN)
I’m a native Californian and most of my books are set somewhere in the state. The beach and ocean are often staples in my stories, but I’m excited to be taking readers to a new Southern California locale—the mountains! Yes, Virginia, there are seven-thousand-foot elevations that mean white winters, colorful autumns, spring thaws and summers alongside the many lakes in the region.
The Walker family came to the area one hundred fifty years ago, hardy pioneers ready to stake their claim in the beautiful wilderness. Today, there are alpine-inspired villages, posh resorts for sun and ski and luxury enclaves that are the mountain getaways for the rich and famous who live “down the hill” in places such as Hollywood and Malibu. But for locals like the Walker siblings (sisters Poppy, Shay and Mackenzie, as well as brother Brett), there’s no place like home—especially their last tract of family acreage. Restoring the cabins on the property as vacation rentals is just the recipe for keeping them together and keeping them in the land they love.
Poppy Walker came up with the plan, and puts one hundred percent into the project. She even takes on her first guest—a gorgeous but mysterious man of obvious wealth who puts her hackles up and sets her pulse to beating madly. He’s seeking solitude, but finds it oh-so-difficult to stay distant from his lovely landlady.
What else can you expect from the Cabin Fever series? A bit of laughter, a few tears and a lot of sexy, sunny romance. Clashes ensue when the flatlanders cross hearts with the mountain people, but the peaks and pines are the perfect dramatic backdrop for passion. Let your emotions climb as you follow the Walkers on their journeys to love—Southern California style!
About the Book
From USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway comes a sparkling new series set in the California mountains, where Hollywood glamour meets rustic charm, and the sparks fly among the unlikeliest of couples…
Poppy Walker has a plan to restore the family resort, and she’s sticking to it. So when a good-looking guy with plenty of cash rents one of her half-repaired vacation cabins, she figures he’s just what the handyman ordered. But when a storm blows through, it takes down some trees, her roof and then…her self-control. Even though she’s been burned before by a wealthy passer-through, she can’t stay away from the brooding but gorgeous stranger in the bungalow next door.
Former teen idol turned Hollywood exec Ryan Hamilton wants a private place in which to endure his very personal heartbreak. Finally, at this rustic mountain cabin, he has all the seclusion one man could want—until sparks begin to fly with his sexy, formerly chilly landlady. By the time the weather dies down, they’re both hot, bothered and certain they’re still wrong for each other. But there’s no telling how they’ll face the new storm brewing on the horizon….
Have you ever visited Southern California? What do you look for in a contemporary romance setting?