Thursday, May 4, 2017

Release Blitz- A Change in Tide by Freya Barker

Title: A Change in Tide
Series: Northern Lights #1
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2017
What impact would it have when everything suddenly faded to black? For Mia, a crowded subway ride changes her entire life. Retreating to the wilderness helps her cope with a world that is suddenly too loud, too turbulent. Her existence safely contained to the small cottage on the lake, she is unprepared for the neighbor that moves across the bay A career-ending injury has Jared permanently benched. His reputation as The Enforcer won’t survive the unanticipated responsibilities awaiting him. Away from the public eye, he adjust to his new reality, under the quiet observation of the intriguing hermit on the other side of the water.

Our 4-Star Reviews:

Amy’s Review:

Mia lives in a secluded area, living a mostly reclusive lifestyle. Jared moves in across the bay from her cottage and his first impression leaves Mia just a bit curious about her new neighbor. Jared has moved to the lake after a career-ending injury. He's just looking for some peace and is also trying to help out his sister.

Jared and Mia's first encounters are somewhat standoff-ish, but all that changes when Mia helps Jared's sister Jordy when she goes into labor. He sees how she was able to take charge of the situation and wonders what caused her to pull away from that life. They soon learn that all of their lives where affected in different ways from the same event, albeit in different ways. Mia struggles with the fact that Jordy and Jared have been able to move forward, while she seems stuck, but wants to make herself better.

Jared was an alpha-type male, but with his sister's help, he learns when he needs to let Mia fend for herself, and it also helps Mia to grow. I liked that Mia recognized that she needed to make herself stronger and that she shouldn't depend on anyone else to do it for her. I loved her strength and courage. Jordy was a great side character, as was little Ole. 

I liked that the drama was light and I absolutely adored that the characters were older (late 30's/early 40's). This was my first book by Freya Barker, but I'll definitely be reading more of her work.

Shanda’s Review:

Mia has been living in seclusion after an event left her in fear. She is now basically battling PTSD and is lonely and just taking it day to day. Her career as a mid-wife is all but gone because she can’t leave her home. Jared has now moved in across the lake. He is trying to adjust to life after an injury has ended his hockey career. 

Mia and Jared’s first encounter was pretty cute. She witness’s him screwing some girl and the next day his pregnant sister shows up. So Mia watching from her window is convinced Jared is quite the player. Soon Jared becomes intrigued by Mia. Mia’s impression is skewed but once she discovers he is helping his pregnant sister her view changes. 

These two start to develop a relationship but Mia is convinced that she can’t ever have a normal life. As she helps Jared’s sister she starts to miss her career. Then falling for Jared makes her long for things she could have. Jared is awed by Mia and just wants to help her as he starts to learn why she is scared.

I have enjoyed all of Freya Barker’s books so I am not surprised at how much I liked this. Jared was a great protective alpha character but not over the top. Mia was a strong character she just needed a reminder of that. I liked the setting, the side characters, and the slow burn romance. Well done!

Freya Barker inspires with her stories about 'real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy. She is the author of the Cedar Tree Series and the Portland, ME, novels.
Freya is the recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None,” and is a finalist for the 2016 Kindle Book Awards for “From Dust”. She currently has two complete series and three anthologies published, and is working on two new series; La Plata County FBI—ROCK POINT, and Northern Lights. She continues to spin story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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