Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturdays With Sid: BENEATH The PALISADE

... like Tuesdays with Morrie But With More Kink!

Beneath the Palisade:  Reliance
by Joel Skelton

Rising star attorney Harper Callahan hires Ian Burke to landscape his backyard, but it’s his heart that gets the real makeover. Cautious at first, Ian is soon won over by Harper’s good looks and charm, and before they know it they’re on the fast track to romance.
Then a brush with death makes Harper and Ian reassess their plans for the future… and offers them an opportunity for adventure. What starts out as a casual fantasy of owning and operating a B&B on Lake Superior soon explodes into reality as Harper and Ian realize that when they rely on each other, they can accomplish great things.

I’ve got a bone to pick with you, Joel Skelton!  I stayed up LATE, like past 3 am late, to finish this book.  On a school night!  Y’all know I turn into a pumpkin at 10 every night so staying up that late for a book was a major event.    

I got sucked into “Beneath the Palisade:  Reliance” on the first page.  Mr. Skelton develops his characters so well that you have to take a minute and remember that these are characters on a page and not your real friends.  I felt an immediate kinship with both Ian and Harper.  The speed of their relationship is a little scary, but who am I to judge.  Lord knows I’ve jumped off into something that quickly before with decidedly different results, but I also know others who have had the same results as Ian and Harper.  Mr. Skelton does a phenomenal job of making everything so real, I just could not put it down.  

I’m also pretty enamored with the surrounding cast of characters.  I really want “Straight Cat” of my own and I want a cute little waiter to mentor.  But, really, can I marry an undercover millionaire too?  Where can I get one of those Joel Skelton? 

K’so, seriously folks.  Get off your couch, find your laptop, and buy Joel Skelton’s book.  It is truly a great read!
5 Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate for “Under the Palisade:  Reliance”  

And…Just so you know Joel, if there isn’t sequel in the very near future, I’m hunting you down! 
Bye Ya'll,
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