Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, July 31, 2016

My Valentine Adventure by Amber Daulton


Parker Townsend raised his children alone after he lost his beloved wife to cancer. When his two little hellions placed a “Mom Wanted” ad in the local paper, Parker found himself roped into an unwanted blind date.

Claire Lauer answered the want ad with few expectations, and met Parker on Valentine’s Day, a day she hated with a passion. As an animal rights activist and a divorcĂ©e, she felt more comfortable with a placard in her hand than in the company of a handsome man with emotional baggage.

After a protest takes a turn for the worse, she seeks shelter in her date’s arms and loses time in his bed. Will Parker and Claire find the courage to lay their fragile hearts on the chopping block by morning, or will they forever live in a world of gray?

About the Author:

Writing is the fruit to happiness.

Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen.

Author of several novellas, she published her first book in 2012 and hopes to publish countless more in the future. As a fan of contemporary, paranormal, and historical romance novels alike, she can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter, and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down. She probably wouldn’t be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when there are people jabbering away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.


Neither Parker nor Claire particularly wanted to go on a blind date on Valentine’s Day. Parker’s kids placed a “Mom Wanted” ad in his brother’s newspaper, and Claire’s daughter all but dialed the number to get her to reply. The only reason either showed up in the end was that it would be rude to leave someone sitting alone in a nice restaurant on Valentine’s Day. In fact, Claire never even spoke to Parker—his brother screened the calls and set up the whole thing, after which his sister-in-law and kids scoped Claire out at work, posing as customers.

But the date goes better than either expects. When Parker asks Claire why she keeps getting text messages, she confesses she planned to attend an animal rights protest at the circus to which he intended to take his kids. As Claire launches into a passionate explanation of the abuses to which the circus owners subject their animals, Parker calls for the check. I’ve driven another one away, Claire thinks. Nope. Parker escorts her to the protest, grabs a placard, and joins in the chant. It’s a perfect date until one of the protesters sneaks inside the circus and frees a tiger, the police show up, and chaos ensues. The couple manages to slip off to their car and even spends the night together, kids safely off spending the night with family.

My Valentine Adventure was a fun romp with kids doing most of the match-making for their respective reluctant parents. It’s another sweet romance, two in a row being a nice break from the sex scenes I’ve been reading in other books, and I confess, writing in my own work-in-progress.

The only reason I’m giving My Valentine Adventure four roses is that again, it could use better editing. I hate to do so, because Ms. Daulton is a fellow #GlassSlipperSister. But, I am nothing if not honest on this site, and anyone who follows this blog knows I’m a stickler for editing issues. It truly is a shame when an author suffers because of inadequate editing, and this is not an indie book. My Valentine Adventure presumably went through both a content and copy editor, who apparently lacked a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Heat Rating:  PG-13
Length:  65 Pages
Digital Price:  $2.99

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Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

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