Series: Calendar Girl, #12
Published by Waterhouse Press on December 29th, 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance
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Mountains, miracles, and marriage.
I had no idea what to expect when the producers of Dr. Hoffman sent me to the pristine white mountains of Aspen, Colorado. As the town of Aspen is known for being a winter haven for uber-rich Americans, I knew this desert cactus was going to be way out of her element. The ace up my sleeve however, was a high-class movie-making surfer whose family owned a cabin in those snowy hills. With him by my side, IÔÇÖd make the most out of the experience.
The job was assigned under unusual circumstances. An anonymous mountain man paid a hefty fee to persuade the producers of my show to send me out for a segment on local artisans. Suited up in my parka and Ugg boots, I put the warmth of the California sun in the rearview mirror and headed to a winter wonderland.With my newfound family in tow, I was prepared to celebrate the best month the year had to offerÔÇªuntil the one woman who drastically changed my life all those years ago appeared like a shadow out of pure frosted air, shattering my soul all over again.
In the twelfth and final book in the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is off to Aspen, Colorado to film a segment on local artists. Prepare to be wowed as MiaÔÇÖs journey merges into the ending everyone has been waiting for.
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.
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December is my favorite in this series and one my favorite series finale books from 2015. Reading it made me feel sentimental about the holidays ( something I lacked this year) and ushered forth some pent up tears and heavy sighs.
What happened? Well, something about Wes finally broke through in this one. ┬áSuddenly I saw what Mia (and most of the other CG series readers) must have been┬áseeing and┬áexperiencing. ┬áI donÔÇÖt think I felt his relaxed and playful side since the initial meeting in January. Things just got complicated and messy between them so maybe now that he feels that heÔÇÖs really got his girl, ┬áhis swagger and sexiness didnÔÇÖt feel staged. (Forgive me, I may overuse theatrical terms in this review – but heÔÇÖs a filmmaker and it feels right). ┬áAnyway, he felt soooo genuine. Wes bulldozed over and ┬áthrough my slightly indifferent heart and saidÔÇªÔÇØseeeeee, this is what I am made of!ÔÇØ
As for the storyline, I anticipated Mia’s reckoning. It was obvious she was going to come full circle and get some of the closure she needed. As it was, the Saunders girlsÔÇÖ ┬á”┬áÔÇÿrents┬á”┬áowed them that much. So, on the maternal side they got a plausible but not entirely forgivable explanation, and then withdrawal leading to disappointment on the paternal side. But with the new and expanded support system, the blows arenÔÇÖt too hard and they all make it through. ┬áWhat I loved is that it wasn’t all kitten and rainbows. They felt like real outcomes, the type that balanced them, in particularly Mia, with the upward spiral sheÔÇÖs been on and that 180 degrees change in lifestyle sheÔÇÖs experienced.
And then the EpilogueÔÇªwell deserving of a *squeeeeeee*. I didnÔÇÖt expect it when it hit ( Yes, I was watching the % to completion marker) and it was JUST WOW! Simply stunning ! Where Christmas made me sentimental and the wedding was lovely and beautiful (short and sweet), ┬áthe epilogue brought on the best happy feels & tears.┬áI felt that lightheaded and the *swooon* trance come over me. December is a 5 star read with my recommendation.┬á
~Review by Cyndi
Thank You Audrey for a stellar conclusion to this year long escape!
I’ve chosen a line or 2 from each of my reviews that I feels best sums up my take from that book
January: ┬á”What really makes this fun is the enterprise sheÔÇÖs using to get her family out of this mess; a year in the life of a high priced escort where sex with her customer(s) is an option , right? I think its a brilliant premise and has me giddy beyond belief”
February: “ In this case, she is there as a model and muse and she intends to make sure any potential sex or love-making isnÔÇÖt about money, but about choice and feelings.”
March: “Again Mia finds that love isnÔÇÖt neatly wrapped up in a box with conditions. In fact, IÔÇÖd say that Mia is getting a good dose of what its like to love and be loved unconditionally, which is already something she knows. But who couldnÔÇÖt use more affection in their world?”
April: “Mia learns early on in the month that she has to remain open about how she defines love and friendship. Had I been reading this in a buddy read, I KNOW I would have felt a collective gasp as Mia is ÔÇ£gentlyÔÇØ reminded about the status of her relationship with a ÔÇ£certain someoneÔÇØ.”
May: “Tai ┬átreats Mia with an intense amount of respect – he seems to read her heart and uses their time in Hawaii together to remind her of her strength and uniqueness. So while her time and experiences with Tai replenish her slightly bruised heart and soul, MiaÔÇÖs gift to Tai is to remind him that life works out the way its supposed to. She lightens the heaviness of his heart reminding him that ÔÇ£Things happen for a reason, we just might not know what the reason is.ÔÇØ Her lesson to Tai, keep your eyes and heart open to greatness.”
June:┬á”June may have had a few harder moments in it, but with adversity we grow. Now we are left to wonder what July in Florida will bring for Mia.”
July:┬á”MiaÔÇÖs on an accelerated path and as each month progresses her towards her ÔÇ£end gameÔÇØ, she defines and re-defines what that goal looks like. If IÔÇÖve learned anything, and IÔÇÖve learned a lot in reading this series, itÔÇÖs that being flexible (double meaning when it comes to Mia *snort*) and adapting to one’s surroundings is more than half the battle.”
August “Is┬ámy “Name Drop” month!” :┬á┬á “As if Mia’s life couldn’t get more complicated, if her emotions couldn’t go through more extremes, Audrey took us there. Her journey’s been exciting, passion filled, and one of discovery, but never would I have expected to what degree her life would be flipped on it’s ends.”
September: “September is a darker read, heck the series has gone it bit darker since MIaÔÇÖs assignment in June. ItÔÇÖs evolved into a story WAY beyond the angsty romance read I expected. Yes, there have been some times where Mia seemed more like the party girl I envisioned but MiaÔÇÖs been more contemplative of late and even with her positive attitude, thereÔÇÖs been this lingering sadness behind all her bravado.”
October: “┬áIÔÇÖm so impressed with how well Audrey writeÔÇÖs about a character struggling with PTSD (in both the Falling series and in the Trinity Trilogy), IÔÇÖve always felt she does a wonderful job with this. In this case, itÔÇÖs with Wes who is now a character that is front and center, not simply someone MiaÔÇÖs thinking about or a long distance conversation.”
November: “┬áAs November finds Mia on assignment in New York, with Wes at her side, she shines. I LOVED her escapades through the city and her story idea and the locations she used. SheÔÇÖs in┬áfor some major life changing events (YIPPEE)…”
Audrey Carlan is an Amazon Best Selling Author who writes erotic contemporary romances, such as the wildly popular “Falling Series.” She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the preciousÔÇªthe vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for over 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of ÔÇ£Monster MadnessÔÇØ on daily basis. When sheÔÇÖs not writing, sipping wine with her ÔÇ£soul sistersÔÇØ, or doing yoga, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!
In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to determine the purpose immediately.