Thursday, September 2, 2021

Starlight by Christine DePetrillo Release Blitz

He doesn’t trust women. She only trusts dogs. Why can’t they keep their paws off each other?

He doesn’t trust women. She only trusts dogs. Why can’t they keep their paws off each other?

Darren Reade builds stone walls in Vermont—and around his heart. Women don’t stick around, so it’s better to put up No Trespassing signs and focus on raising his adopted son. Darren is willing to do whatever it takes to help the boy cope with his mother’s death. But doing it alone is a challenge.

Grace Hollings indulges her love of old-school jazz by singing nights at the Speakeasy Taproom, and spends her days training service dogs, connecting small humans with smart pooches. Of course she’d planned to be married already, but a failed engagement has taught her that dogs make better company than men.

One evening, Grace and Darren don’t exchange names, but they do engage in a single night neither of them will forget. Is once all there is? Or can they train their hearts to trust what they’ve built under the starlight?

Starlight is a stand-alone novel set in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Welcome to Speakeasy, where the beer is handcrafted, the patrons wear flannel, and the romance is steamier than the gourmet kitchen out back. The Speakeasy Taproom books are standalone romances set in small-town Vermont. Jump in anywhere!

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Speakeasy Taproom series!
For book one, Touchstone, click HERE.
For book two, Heartwood, click HERE.
For book three, Homecoming, click HERE.
For book four, Sideways, click HERE.
For book five, Wildflower, click HERE.
For book six, Firefly, click HERE.


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Starlight by Christine DePetrillo

Book 7
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“So what will you do then?”

In the mirror, I caught Kolton’s confused scowl. How did one explain the purpose of a date to a ten-year-old boy? With all of his difficulties, Kolton hadn’t noticed girls yet. Not that I wanted to rush into that territory, but he was oblivious to them.

“I imagine we’ll talk, eat, and enjoy a nice evening together.” I rinsed off my razor and stowed it in the vanity drawer then splashed a few handfuls of water on my face.

“Will you kiss Grace?”

Okay. Maybe he wasn’t as oblivious as I’d thought. “Umm... I don’t know.” I didn’t want to lie to him, but I didn’t want to admit that kissing was at the top of my agenda either. I blushed a little thinking about what else was on that agenda.

“Grace is pretty and nice.” Kolton angled his head as he met my gaze in the mirror.

“She is.” I rubbed a towel over my face.

“So wouldn’t you want to kiss someone who is pretty and nice?”

Where is Mrs. Lilly? I needed a bedtime story intervention. Quickly.

“It’s a bit more complicated than that,” I said.

“Do you know how to kiss?”

I turned to face him now, my manhood in question. “Of course I know how to kiss.” I certainly knew how wonderful it was to kiss Grace.



His eyes told me what he was feeling. Deep green danced with golden amber, and I was fairly certain Darren was the first person to ever see my soul.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the seventh book in the series. I recommend all the books in the Sarina Bowen True North World – whether at the Speakeasy, Vino & Veritas, or the Busy Bean – you are in for a treat if you haven't started them yet.

I really enjoyed this story, which brings together so many lovely elements – Darren is a special man who is bringing up a very traumatised boy, Kolton, as his own. Grace is a very talented jazz singer, continuing her grandmother's legacy on a few evenings a week at the Speakeasy, as well as working as a trainer of support dogs.

It is impossible not to be drawn into the growing attraction of Grace and Darren, even if they both are very reluctant to get involved due to their previous poor experiences. The care with which both of them work to help Kolton to grow in confidence, and how they do that is working, until a huge spanner is thrown into all their lives. I will say no more, but it is an engaging storyline.

A really good addition to the series.



I was left wondering if anyone ever actually got lucky in love or did we all get our teeth kicked in when it came to that topic?


Author Bio

CHRISTINE DEPETRILLO can often be found hugging trees, conversing with dragonflies, and walking barefoot through sun-warmed soil. She finds joy in listening to the wind, bathing in moonlight, and breathing in the fragrances of things that bloom. If she had her way, the sky would be the only roof over her head.

Her love of nature seeps into every story she tells. As does her obsession with bearded mountain men who build, often smell like sawdust, and know how to cherish the women they love. Today she writes tales meant to make you laugh, maybe make you sweat, and definitely make you believe in the power of love.

She lives in Vermont with her husband and cat who defend her fiercely from all evils.

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Facebook Group: Small Town Hearts



This connection was something you didn’t walk away from. It was something you dug your fingernails into and never let go.


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Heart Eyes Press.

Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Starlight (Speakeasy Taproom #7) by Christine DePetrillo to read and review for this tour.

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