This is the sixth book in this series and can be read as a standalone but I would suggest reading them all as they are just as enjoyable as this one. This is a story about a woman who is hiding from her past and gets a job as a manager at a hotel. Then you have a baseball pitcher who has plans for his future. What will happen when their lives collide? I enjoyed these characters. They are connectable and I found myself relating to them easily. I highly recommend this book, love and suspense!
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The Changeup (A Resort Romance Novel Book 6) by Mary Billiter
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Genre – Women’s Detective/Romantic Mystery
Page Count – 253 Pages
Illustrator – Claire Smith
Publisher – Hot Tree Publishing
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A hot deputy, a woman in hiding, and a murder that changes it all. True love and the truth are often at odds in Mary Billiter’s latest installment in her resort romance series.
The Feds changed her name, occupation, and location, but Cupid and crime still found her. Both Witness Protection and her position as a hotel conference services manager require Rebel Roberts to maintain a low profile. But when she finds herself at the center of high crime and high romance at the high-rise Point Resort in Long Beach, even the best-laid plans are subject to change.
Former college baseball pitcher Ryan McHenry plans on becoming a deputy sheriff like his late uncle. But when Rebel literally stumbles on a dead body by her hotel, helping her change the narrative may throw a curve in his career plans.
Can Rebel and Ryan find true love and happiness with so many lies between them?
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Author Mary Billiter followed in the footsteps of her father, an award-winning journalist, by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University at Northridge. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Adult and Post-Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming.
Mary teaches fiction writing courses through the Life Enrichment program at Laramie County Community College. When school’s out, Mary can be found on a bike discovering new trails with her husband and children.
Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, Ron Gullberg, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.
Wine Thief by Mary Billiter is the fifth book in the Resort Romance series and follows the life choices of Chloe and what reasons has caused to her to rethink her life and move to the Napa Valley with her sister.
Chloe has had a hard year, but she decided to leave what she knew behind in Southern California and moved to the Napa Valley to work in the Wine Industry as a Wine Educator. Her sister decided they need a trip on the wine train to get Chloe into role before she starts her job for real, but all that changes when they arrive at the train and are welcomed by Tony and his group for his friends Bachelor party. Chloe realises she has a instant attraction to Tony and as they go forward on the train she becomes more attracted to him, but she royally embarrasses herself.
Tony is using the trip with his college brothers as a cover for the real job in hand, as Tony works in the world of Corporate Intelligence he needs to find the mother vine to be able to go back to his employer, but Chloe has thrown a curve ball into the mix as he is having strong feelings towards her and is feeling guilty dragging her into this mess.
I have read all the books in this series and I have to say this was my favourite book out of the series, the character of Chloe reminds me so much of myself, clumsy and awkward in certain conversations and situations. I always love the dual point of views which the story follows and the internal struggles both characters had with the relationship and partnership in the task ahead. The story is well written and is always a page turner, the characters are rich and you feel like you are part of the story which I always love to escape.
I can’t wait for the next book in this great series and I love that each book within this series is a different story with a different twist. Thank you Mary for these great stories.
Reviewed by @ashirley
Mary Billiter is a new author to me, but the title and blub had me, a book about Napa Valley and Wine, Yes Please! Chole and Tony are great characters and this was a good modern day romance with a little mystery mixed in, like keep me turning the pages. You will learn a lot about wine that I want to go on a wine train now. But unfortunately, there might have been too much information that it overpowered the story a little. Mary Billiter writing is well written but at times maybe a little too descriptive. I hate to say that because I wish some author were more descriptive in their writing. I am looking forward to going back and reading the other books in this series.
Wine Thief is the fifth book in the Resort Romances series by Mary Billiter and my favourite so far. Even though it is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoy reading Mary’s books as she is a natural storyteller and her words just flow from the page. The story is engaging and the characters are natural and you walk the walk with them every inch of the way. The Wine Thief is fun and witty, romantic and sweet with a good storyline. Who is the Wine Thief and can they unravel the mystery behind them? Find a quiet spot and enjoy the read. I know I did.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Spirited Away is the fourth book in the Resort Romances series by Mary Billiter that everything you need to make a great story. It is a romance with a healthy dose of mystery and suspense, action and intrigue. Mary is good at weaving a good story of crime and passion that leaves you wanting more and falling in love with her to life characters.
Reese is the new General Manager and can’t wait to get stuck in to the role. When she learns first hand of the mystery and intrigue that the old hotel holds, she finds herself drawn into a whole other world. Will Reese be able to put together all the pieces of the puzzle, of the mysterious presence at the hotel? Or will fate have other plans?
I enjoy reading Mary’s work, and the historical background that lays a great foundation to build the rest of the story. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and can’t wait for more.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Rules Breakers is the third book in the Resort Romances series by Mary Billiter and is a contemporary romance. I suggest you read these books in order so you have a full picture if the characters and their stories. Mary has heart and soul into these books and her characters and they make for a good read. This story has it all love and passion, mystery and intrigue, love and laughter and sadness which make for a really good read.
Carmen is working at a job she likes as a car valet at a hotel where she meets people from all walks of life. What she doesn’t expect is getting caught up in a web of deceit and lies much deeper than she ever though. What she didn’t expect was meeting someone who needs her just as much as she need them.
Mary has once again created another great story to in this series and suggest you pick them up and enjoy the read.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Escape Clause is the second book in the Resort Romances Series by Mary Billiter. It is a contemporary romance that is lighthearted, funny and refreshing read along with the right amount of drama and intrigue. Mary writes from dual POV and that is one thing I love when I am reading a story as it gives it so much more depth and and insight to who they are.
Kelsey is a young single mom who is relatively new to town after being cast aside from her family. When she is called upon and assigned to take part in a special night for the good of the town, who is she to say no. Little did she know that this one night would turn out to be the rest of her life. One night shared with a stranger that made her think there could be more to life. But will secrets and lies keep her from her HEA?
This is one book that you are rooting for the HEA from the get go and I liked how this story played out. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Reviewed by @jennadb
Do Not Disturb is the first book in the Resort Romances Series by Mary Billiter. It is a contemporary romance that was interesting and intriguing and is a light and refreshing read.
Katie Flanagan is not only sassy but she is also smart but lacks faith in herself. She is quick to jump in without thinking of the consequences. When she stumbles upon something she is not supposed to she is faced with a problem that she can not ignore and wants to do what she feels is right if only she can get others behind her. When she takes it to the one person she believes she can trust, her life is changed forever, now if only she can convince him she is not who he thinks she is.
I really enjoyed this story and the the characters that we meet along the way. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Reviewed by @jennadb