Under an Adirondack Sky - Karen Rock

4.5 Stars!

Can he juggle everything…including her? 
After raising his siblings and running the family pub for more than a decade, Aiden Walsh has set his own dreams aside. Until the most beautiful woman he's ever seen stumbles into his bar, and his arms. Too bad Rebecca Day is the school psychologist in charge of his brother's future. Who's he kidding? He doesn't have room in his full life for romance anyway. But forced to join Rebecca and her group of troubled teens on an Adirondack retreat, he realizes keeping his family afloat isn't enough for him…not by a long shot.

"I'm an award-winning author of both YA and adult contemporary romance.  When I'm not busy writing, I enjoy watching romantic comedies, cooking my nona's Italian recipes and playing with my King Charles Cavalier cocker spaniels who haven't learned how to 'fetch' but have taught me a lot about love." 

Visit Karen's website - HERE

What attracted me to this book in the first place is that - My husband and I own a cabin in the Adirondacks! So I love reading stories that take place there. We have owned the cabin for about 25 yrs. so we know our way around the area. This book takes place at Tupper Lake and of course I know right where that is and have been there. I love it when there is something like that to really connect you to a book personally.

I really liked this book right from the beginning! I liked the characters, the interaction between them seemed real. I loved Rebecca. I liked that she knew what she wanted, was not easily deterred and stood her ground. It took me a while to warm up to Aiden, he was quite the jerk in the beginning. But once you realized everything he was going through and everything he had given up for his family, you begin to understand. Maybe he was going about it in the wrong way but he was a super hero of sorts. 
I really loved all the banter between the teens. The author did a fantastic job with their characters. They really did seem like real teens. This is sometimes hard to get right in a book. Teens either end up seeming too young or adult like, but Karen Rock got it "right".

Karen also got the visualization right. As an Adirondacker I had no trouble picturing everything. I am sure others who are not familiar with the area will love the descriptions.

Blue, green, yellow, brown. The world in color. Real color. Not the artificial kind he saw in his regular life. Neon lights. Painted signs. Sidewalks crowded with brightly dressed New Yorkers and tourists. He loved the pulse of the city. His family and home were there. But this... He angled his neck in every direction, taking in the white cloud puffs skittering across the azure sky, the treetops below that undulated like a vast green ocean, and the dark water surfaces that looked cool and mysterious. Everything. These surroundings. This moment. It soaked into his skin. Fired his atoms. Curled in his lungs so that he expanded with every breath. This natural beauty made his eyes want to drink in everything, right to the last drop.

I read the whole last half of the book in one sitting. I am not going to give anything away - but fantastic ending!
 I wasn't sure I was going to like the author's writing style at first, it did take me a bit to warm up to it. It always amazes me how every author can definitely have their own unique writing style. When you start to read more books by the same author you get to know and welcome their style. I do think this is an author I would like to read more of! 

Thank you TLC Book Tours for sending me this book for my honest review!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE

I will be reviewing Sophie's Path on July 22nd, come back and check it out! 

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  1. Thank you so much for reviewing Under an Adirondack Sky and hosting me on Wall-to-Wall books! Next time you come up to Tupper, let me know and we'll get together :)


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