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Chill Out --  Jana Richards

Chill Out

Renata Cabral needs to hide for the weekend. Her cousin’s Valentine’s Day wedding means she’ll face embarrassing questions from her large, extended family. Questions like “Why aren’t you married yet?” Since the breakup of her last relationship, she’s not ready to answer that question. She invents a work-related excuse and escapes to a friend’s lakeside cottage.

Noah Brownlee has been hiding for two years. But now he’s ready to come home and mend his broken relationship with his brother. When a friend offers the use of his lakeside cottage, Noah arrives in the middle of a blizzard with his English Mastiff, only to find the place is already occupied. With her big brown eyes and quirky sense of humor, Renata stirs feelings he thought long dead.

As the blizzard rages, the candy hearts predict love. Can Valentine’s Day work its magic between them?

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reviews

Talented author Jana Richards, with her gift for creating snappy dialogue, honest, loveable characters―human and canine―has given us another winner. Do not miss Chill Out. You'll be as entranced as I was.
Wild Woman Authors blog

There is just the perfect amount of sexiness and so much sexual tension between Renata and Noah. Watching them negotiate their relationship is so satisfying. A Great read!!! 
Romantic Fanatic

This is only a short story but is packed with humour, friendship, love, snow & a dog!... If you are after a quick romantic story that is easy to read & enjoy then this is for you.
Ali, The Dragon Slayer

Jana Richards does a wonderful job of endearing both of her main characters to the reader by the way they interact with a lovable animal….If romantic comedy is one of your reading vices, you’ll love this book!
Notes from a Romantic’s Heart

This novella is a fun read and a great kick off to the Candy Hearts series from The Wild Rose Press! Both Noah and Renata are likeable and rootable, and totally deserving of their happy ending.
And there’s an awesome dog. The dog factor gets me every time  ;-)
Doreen Knows It All

If a wonderfully crafted romance about two people, and a very large dog, trapped by a snow storm gets your attention, you’ll love Chill Out. I not only fell in love with the hero, but with the dog Spike as well.
Kayden Claremont Blog

Jana Richards is masterful at showing us the complex emotions simmering behind the words and actions of her characters… A quick, satisfying read, I totally recommend this Valentine story to anyone needing a pick-me-up, or a reminder that love heals all.
Katie O’Sullivan Blog

Chill out is a great title for this story. When you put a man and a woman hiding out together, and you add in a huge dog, Spike who seems to be fond of Renata, things get very interesting…
I really liked this story. I highly recommend it.

Mistress Mary, Goodreads reader

This is simply a fun, interesting, easy-to-read romance about two nice people, and I can recommend it to most romance fans.

Sensuous Reviews

Overall I really enjoyed this story. For the most part I liked both Renata and Noah’s characters and while I got a little frustrated with them both a time or two it was a real pleasure to read about them finding love together and filing the empty place in each other’s lives.

Fern, LASR reviews

Audiobook reviews for Chill Out:

This is a wonderful, fun, light listen! I really enjoyed this audio book from beginning to end. Steve Wojtas did an excellent job narrating. I will be recommending this audio book to all my friends.

Shannon G, Audible listener

Renata and Noah are so sweet. They drove me to growling at times, but once they got on the same page they became pure magic…This romance is very well written, and the narration is excellent as well.

Daniella Williams, Audible listener

Cute, sweet, lovable characters who get to know each other..a cute dog, sweet candies and enjoyable story you want to finish in one sitting.

Narrator was fantastic! His voice was absolutely perfect for Noah and each male character is different. He also did a nice job with Renata...I’ll look for his name in the future.

Recommend for a short and very enjoyable story.

Romance Junkie, Audible listener

This was such a heartwarming story with interesting characters. The story grabbed my attention from the beginning to the HEA conclusion.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

Although, this was a short story, it did not feel like pieces were missing or too rushed. The dog and heart candy with predicting abilities were an excellent touch to this story.

Adriana B, Audible listener

Short and sweet romance book with realistic and likable characters, a nice setting and a big lovable dog too! To top it off, the narration was also very good.

Rhonda, Audible listener

Sometime you need a sweet short story to cuddle up with in the winter…something to take your mind off things and just chill out with a cup of Tea. It’s good story, and fast paced, (and I feel in love with Spike.)

TinkerMel, Audible listener

This was a fun story with believable characters that acted like real human beings. It was fairly short, but it didn't feel rushed. I LOVED the narrator - he did a fantastic job with all the voices and didn't make anything feel cheesy or overdone. Would definitely read/listen to more by this author and/or narrator!

Eli, Audible listener

I really enjoyed this short, sweet, heartwarming story. This is the first story I have listened to by Jana Richards however I will definitely be looking for more by this author…Renata and Noah both had my heart right from the beginning… The addition of Spike, the English Mastiff, and the candy hearts predicting love was genius! It was easy to listen to this book in one sitting and I definitely didn’t want to put it down until I found out what would happen between this sweet pair, and Spike of course. Steve Wojtas did a wonderful job narrating, making it easy to differentiate between voices and emotions and giving a very entertaining listening experience. I highly recommend this heartwarming story.

Just My Opinion, Audible listener

 

excerpt

The bedroom door swung open and Renata stood in the opening wearing a short robe that revealed her lovely legs. A light floral fragrance drifted to his nose—he envisioned a field of flowers. Spike brushed past her and entered the room.

“Oh! I didn’t realize you were with Spike.”

“I’m sorry. When he gets a notion, he’s pretty hard to stop. I’ll get him out.”

“No, that’s okay. I don’t mind having him in my room. Besides, I doubt you could make him leave if he doesn’t want to.”

She was probably right. “You’re sure? He snores something awful. And did I mention the drool?”

She smiled. “Yes, I discovered the delights of sleeping with Spike last night. But I have to admit, I kind of like having the big lug around.”

“You’re sure you don’t mind?”

“I’m sure.” She took a step backward into her room, holding the door between them. “I should get some sleep.”

“Yeah.”

She hesitated, as if waiting for him to speak. For a moment he thought she was going to invite him into her room. But then she swallowed and lowered her gaze.

“Goodnight, Noah. Sleep well.”

“Goodnight.”

She quietly closed the door. Noah’s heart beat frantically as he stood outside. He wanted her in a way he hadn’t felt in a very long time, a deep primal urge, an overwhelming desire. Should he knock, ask to come in, ask to spend the night with her? Should he throw caution to the wind and let her know how he felt?
He raised his hand, ready to knock. What if he’d misread the way she’d responded to his kiss? Were his feelings for her simply a product of their isolation together? If she made love with him tonight, would she later regret it?

Fear slapped him in the gut. He couldn’t face another rejection. He let his hand drop to his side and walked to his room.