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Title: Hale Maree by Misty Provencher
Available formats: Paperback & Ebook
Details: Published November 19th 2012
Source: Gifted from author in exchange for honest review

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Hale Simmons dreams of climbing out of her impoverished life, going to college, and getting herself a titanium crash helmet, so she can eventually bust through the Plexiglas ceiling of her crappy life. But for now, she’s just a 18-year-old girl with a flimsy hope, barely getting by with her alcoholic father, Jerry.

But for Hale, ‘crappy’ suddenly takes a nosedive, when Jerry becomes the sole witness to a horrible accident. It is an event which means to effect everyone, especially Hale, who wasn’t even involved.

While the depth of the accident has just begun to unfold, Otto Maree, a prominent business man and old family friend, stands to lose everything because of it. Otto is desperate for Hale’s father to stay quiet about what occurred the night the two men met for a drink. Out of mutual moments of desperation, the two fathers forge a deal. Jerry is desperate to gain financial stability for both himself and Hale, and Otto Maree is more than willing to pay to keep his secret just that.

But deals like this need to be made of the strongest vows and bound with the most faithful of loyalties. Otto proposes a marriage between Hale and his playboy-son, Oscar, in order to assure that the secret remains ‘in the family’. The mystery surrounding the accident continues to grow and Hale struggles against her own mysterious feelings that begin to develop for Oscar, who turns out to less of a playboy, but just as fiercely loyal and dedicated as his father.

As the pressure around her continues to escalate, Hale realizes that she’s got to decide if this arranged marriage is really just a big mistake or an amazing twist of fate that has been waiting around for this particular accident to happen.



“Probably not a good idea Oscar,” I try to joke. “You are loyal, remember?” “I am,” he sighs, “but if you are going to be my wife, I guess that trumps any loyalty I have to a girlfriend, now doesn't it?”

This book was incredible. Absolutely incredible, Hale Maree has become one of my favorite books, and is hands down my favorite New Adult book! Hale Maree was a romantic, steamy, and funny read all in one! When I started this book I could NOT put it down, it had me hooked on the very first page and wouldn't let me go till I finished.

Hale Maree's story kicks right off on the first page, no slow beginning, right on the first page the story picks up! We follow Hale, who is a great main character; she’s very honest, and very likable. She is also spunky, which in my book is always a plus. The ONLY thing that I did not like in Hale Maree was one specific part in the book where Hale tells her best friend how Oscar said something was beautiful, it came off awkward to me personally, and semi cheesy. But besides that tiny part, everything else was amazing.

My favorite part HANDS DOWN about Hale Maree was the romance and our swoon worthy Oscar. Oscar is going to be a book boyfriend for anyone that reads this novel, he is just *swoon* perfect? He ALWAYS says the right thing that will have you reading this book, giggling to yourself over the cute-ness/romantic-ness of his words! This is basically how you will feel/look while reading Hale Maree..

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Yes he is THAT amazing! You are going to look like a giddy idiot over this book! I know I was, and I loved every minute of it! Oscar is caring, respectful, sexy, funny, and a freakin gentleman! What’s not to love?!

“I want you so much,” he says. “I've never felt this way about anyone else. Not even close. You have this way, Hale, I don’t know how to describe if, but you have this way about you that I can’t resist. When we’re apart, it’s like I find these holes in myself. Holes I can’t fill up on my own. Things are missing and the longer I’m away from you, the more clear and deep those holes become. But then you walk into the room, and everything comes back together for me again. All my emptiness is filled in. I can’t resist you, Hale, because I need you so much. Without you, I’m not even me.”

Besides Oscar being amazing the overall romance was really enjoyable. There is tension between Oscar and Hale, Hale is often trying to tell Oscar off or convince him the wedding is a crazy idea. While Oscar just keeps pushing her that it’s a great idea and it has to be done. I really just loved their romance, they were never once boring and did a great job at keeping my attention and making me laugh and look like a giddy idiot as shown above.

Apart from the romance and amazing characters, another aspect of Hale Maree that I quite enjoyed was just Misty’s writing in general. Hale Maree flowed perfectly from beginning to end, never did I feel the need to skim through parts of the story, nor did I ever feel I had to force myself to continue reading. I have since read Misty’s other novel Cornerstone (first book in the Cornerstone series) which also flowed amazingly and was very enjoyable.

Overall Hale Maree is a must read for anyone looking for an AMAZING new adult contemporary romance. This book has easily made my top 12 favorite books of 2012.

-sidenote: The author classifies this as an ‘adult’ novel due to the sex scenes. I personally would recommend this as a NEW ADULT novel though, the characters are all young 20’s or just out of high school and act their age. Sex scenes are also not immensely graphic like some adult novels I have read. Recommended for ages 18+

Other books by Misty Provencher
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For the blog tour Misty is holding TWO big giveaways the first one below is for a chance to win a bunch of awesome EBOOKS, and the second giveaway is to win this bunch of goodies..

winners will be picked December 10th!

Here is the list of prizes and the Rafflecopter form for the Best of the Best ebook giveaway..
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and here is the list of prizes and Rafflecopter form for the box of book goodies!
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Bwyatt said...

Top 3 boys names... well, since my husband and I are trying to have a baby, I've been thinking about this a lot. My favs are:

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Unknown said...

Bwyatt, I like all three! I knew a friend with a Maxwell, but Isaiah and Alexander- they could be in the running for a book!

Angel Snyder said...

Top three boy names:
1. Gabriel/Game
2. Landon
3. Garrett (though I don't like the nickname 'Gary', haha)
And I also LOVE the name Kennedy. My puppy's name is Brighten Kennedy. :)

Dinky said...

My favorite 3 boy names are: Peter, Ren and Jack :D
Thank you very, very much for this awesome giveaway!! :)

Unknown said...

I've already used Garrett in Cornerstone, Angel, if you haven't read it- it's free on Amzy and B&N, if you'd like to try it out! Landon's been used in Hale Maree--LOL And ohhhhh, I like the name Game. We like the same names it seems!

Dinky, very solid boy names! Niiiice! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

My three favorite boys' names . . . Michael, James and Nicholas.

Tammy said...

My favorite boy names are: Ryver, Able and Vaughn

Thank you for the great giveaway!

I hope you like my names.


Mary Preston said...

I like George, Charles & William.

Henry said...

Roman, Dominic and Victor

Sana said...

Wow, now I want to read Hale Maree! I am in love with the new adult genre and though, this is the first time I've seen Hale Maree I am definitely going to read it.

Great review, Haley!

My favorite boy names are Nicholas, Dylan and hmm... Noah.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

Hannah Mariska said...

Although romance/adult genres aren't normally my thing, this one sounds fab!! Thanks :)

Shadow said...

My three favorite: Aiden, Mathew (Matty) and Nicholas.

booksie said...

Hmmm three favourite boys name...
1) Zayden
2) Liam
3) Asher
I hope you like them :D

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