Welcome to our first Friday Fireside Reads–Romances you’ll want to curl up with! Once or twice a month, we’ll feature one of our wonderful romances, share why we fell in love with it, what other readers have thought of it, and encourage you to share your thoughts in our comments.


This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re featuring TESS IN BOOTS by Courtney Rice Gager. With a vineyard, weddings, and small town antics, it’s a fun read that will have you staying up late turning the pages. Our editors fell in love with this book the moment it landed in our inbox. Fun banter. A charming country boy. A sassy, down on her luck heroine. Gorgeous scenery. It was everything we wanted in a contemporary romance.

Check it out…

Tess in Boots Cover RevealTess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

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Here’s what readers are saying:

“Perfect book! I LOVED it! I loved the H, adored the h and can’t believe the sweetness of the slow-simmering romance. Must buy the hardback! And WOWZER, did not see that ending coming.”

~ P. Bothwell, Amazon Verified Purchase Reviewer

“What a fun read! The plot is full of some great twists and turns that kept me on my toes. I wasn’t planning to, but I read it all in one sitting because I was dying to see what happened next. I highly recommend it!”

~ Rachel, Amazon Verified Purchase Reviewer

Have you read it yet? What’s your favorite part? Share in the comments!



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