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California Man (Salt Spring Island Friends Book 1) by [Sheedy, EC]
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Relationships don't come easy when you're too shy to love…

Bookstore owner Emily Welland is timid and deeply insecure—and she has her reasons. She’s read about Quinn Ramsay, the brilliantly successful celebrity entrepreneur, and she’s seen pictures of him in the tabloids— always with a stunning model or actress on his arm.

Quinn's glittering California life is the polar opposite to her quiet and reclusive days on Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest. So when Quinn comes to her island and shows an interest in her, her initial reactions are disbelief, fear—and panic attacks. None of which she can control.

All of which makes Quinn more interested than ever.

A couple of reviews:

"The slow steady, buildup of sensuality without being overly sexual made this book hard to put down." Affaire de Coeur

"An exquisitely sensitive love story featuring appealing characters with a wonderful chemistry between them." RT Magazine

If you enjoy this book, you might also like MAN FOR THE MORNING. I thought at least one of Emily's good friends deserved her own happily ever after. Grace's story coming soon.

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  • Print Length: 183 pages
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  • Language: English
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California Man, Quinn Ramsey comes to Salt Island for peace and quiet to make a life altering decision in peace and quiet. Instead he meets a beautiful silver-eyed shy beauty that rocks his world and a special young man, James that points him in a new direction. The love story is sweet, the emotional ups and downs between this couple of opposites keeps the readers interest as high as the mountain peaks of the Coastal Range of the West Coast. The beauty of Salt Island and surrounding area describes a paradise of the Pacific Northwest Coast. A happy ever after ending with a hit of how the next couple in the trilogy will meet and start a relationship makes this, another great story by Ms. Sheedy.

I purchased this manuscript at Amazon/US.
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Very good book, loved the story line.
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Very good and relaxing love story
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HASH(0x9bb673cc) out of 5 stars loved this book! Jan. 8 2012
By C. Williams - Published on
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I really loved this book - so much that I immediately started looking for the other books by this author.

Neither Emily and Quinn are looking for a relationship - Emily because she has had several bad experiences that convinced her she would never have a successful relationship, and Quinn because he was living a fast life, and didn't think he was ready to fall in love. They have an immediate connection, although Emily's nerves make it hard for her to allow anything to happen.

Emily helps Quinn, Quinn helps Emily. It's a great story, left me wanting more. Can't wait for the story of Lynn and Paul, along with any other books by this author.

Sex - just one, very sensual.
I remember no editing errors.

All around, a great, easy read.
I received a complimentary copy to review, and I am happy to heartily recommend it.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bba8030) out of 5 stars "California Man" April 30 2012
By Crystal Burns - Published on
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California man was AMAZING!!

Quinn Ramsay is a sexy, and confident man that is on the Island of Salt springs... on vacation from his fast paced life to make a decision to either sale is company Action Sports or not.On this island he meets a women named Emily.Emily is the typical shy girl that doesn't know she's beautiful and doesn't know her real worth because she's had bad experiences with guys in the past(Who were JERKS)But as soon as their eyes meet there is an instant attraction.

The Author does a great job of developing these character and their relationships and she makes you fall in love with both Quinn and Emily.Along the way we also fall in love with Emily's friend Grace,Lynn. and Lynn's son James.

Pros:No errors,well written,easy read,great humor,and it's based on a beautiful Island LOL what's not to like?
Cons: It had to end,but I look forward to Paul's Story and anything else this author publishes.

Hats off to EC Sheedy for writing such a great story
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb67300) out of 5 stars A quick escape March 29 2012
By Jennifer - Published on
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For those of us who love to escape our busy lives for a little bit, this piece of light reading is perfect. An easy read, this story was a lovely combination of innocent and dirty delights. The narration splits between our two protagonists which can sometimes happen in the middle of a scene without warning, but if you can keep up with it the insight into each character is a nice addition to the story. Also, the author allows for some potential follow-up/spin-off for those readers who don't want the story to end or love following a story and its characters past one book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bba8f3c) out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this... Jan. 26 2013
By Walter Donway - Published on
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and boy did it surprise me! I ended up reading the book in two days. You see, I haven't recently read a lot of romance novels, but, recently, I published a novel on Kindle that Amazon classified (in part) as a romance, so I figured: I will catch up on my romance reading. I downloaded perhaps a dozen samples. Couldn't get into them.

And then...I met Emily Welland, a beautiful, able, more-or-less contented young woman on a tiny resort island off Vancouver who has been sexually traumatized as a teenager and is terrified of men... and Quinn Ramsey from Malibu, CEO of Action Sports, dynamic, and, above all, a man with devastatingly good looks and the body of an Olympic athlete who comes to the island for a good "think" about whether there will be a life after he sells his business...

Well, I thought, I understand the premise. Okay, show me. And then they meet and in the most subtle, convincing way a fuse is lit that burns through the story building suspense, the fire of a relationship, the white-hot conflicts that stand in the way of that relationship... and this reader was flipping the pages and silently praying for this coming explosion in bed. And boy, it doesn't disappoint. When the bomb of kindling desire, postponement, frustration, and doubt goes off it is one beautiful fireworks display that explodes like--well, their orgasms, their joy, and Emily's pent passion, and Quinn's discovery of what sex is like when you LOVE.

Okay, that is the love story, but this romance has interwoven plots that ALL build at the same time in beautiful harmony: Emily's first play about to be produced by the island summer theater; Quinn's coaching of a developmentally delayed but wonderfully athletic and passionate young man who enters a race; Quinn's final decision about what that life after he sells Action Sports will be (and it's a great, great answer); a sizzlingly beautiful and manipulatively treacherous Italian actress who is pursuing Quinn against his desires...and, of course, the decision:

Quinn and Emily face the question: can the bomb-intensity sexual chemistry between them ever blow open the steel door between their worlds: her quiet island existence with her book store, her writing, her Rhodesian Ridgeback, and her girl friends...and her demons of insecurity...and his life in Hollywood and jet planes worldwide and Hollywood producer friends, and social pressures... In addressing this, the book, "The California Man," becomes intensely real, deeply perceptive, full of agonizing suspense and drama, and a very serious read...

You don't get many endings to romances that bring together so many engaging plots and subplots and so much weight of of the heart's lonely search for what it really wants...and dares to do...

I started off wondering if I would finish this book, I finished it wondering when I would ever find one as good.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bba80f0) out of 5 stars A great escape, perfect for lovers of romance Sept. 24 2012
By J. Jarman - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous romance and couldn't put it down. The characters sucked me right in, and I loved them, even the secondary characters - so much so that I'd like to read stories about those supporting characters. Emily and Quinn's friends added not only depth and believability, but more interest to the story.
Emily might not appeal to those who want heroines who are cocky and self-assured, but I found much to like about her and to identify with, as she is just a normal young woman whose bad experiences have turned into insecurities. Quinn is gallant and adorable and easy to fall head over heels for. The novel is well written, characters and plot nicely developed, and the setting is lovely. I will definitely look for more of EC Sheedy's work.