Hale Maree by Misty Provencher

Posted November 27, 2012 | 35 Comments

Hale Maree by Misty ProvencherHale Maree
Author: Misty Provencher
Series: Crossed & Bared #1
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 314
Source: Purchased

Hale Simmons’s life is already bottoming out and she’s only eighteen. Struggling on welfare, while trying to keep her alcoholic father on track, her dreams of having a better life fade a little more each day.

But, when her dad witnesses a brutal accident at the bar one night, it changes the entire course of Hale’s future.

Thrust into an arranged marriage with Oscar Maree, the playboy son of a wealthy man, Hale must learn to trust a stranger to give her the life she’s always wanted.

First, Hale needs to figure out if love can ever happen by accident.

-sigh- Hale Maree is one of those books that is really hard for me to review.  Actually, it’s hard for me to even explain  why it’s hard for me to review.  Okay, here it is:  I loved this book, but I didn’t want to.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore Misty Provencher and know she’s a wonderful writer, but … well … it melted my icy heart, alright?  Happy now?  It made me feel all swoony and happy and lovey-dovey for a situation I didn’t necessarily want to feel all that stuff about.  So, well played, Misty.  Well played.

Hale’s dad comes home one night with a man she’s never seen before, they’re both drunk and talking total inappropriate craziness.  They are discussing her marriage to a guy she has never even heard of, but figures it must be the alcohol talking, so they won’t remember anything in the morning.  No such luck.  Hale is thrown into a marriage she wants no part of.  Or does she… ?

Hale is eighteen and lives with her drunken father in a rundown neighborhood.  She’s never had a boyfriend, but not because she doesn’t want one.  I found it kind of funny as to why she never has.   I felt bad for Hale, but I loved that she had her best friend Sher to make her laugh and be there for her.  Hale has an innocence about her that I liked, even though I expected her to be a little more rough around the edges, given how and where she was raised.  She’s also a lot more forgiving of her father who would bring home skuzzy drunk buddies, causing her to have to sometimes lock herself in her room.

Oscar is a total yum muffin!  He’s sweet, kind, caring, sexy, and stinkin’ rich!  Since the story is told from Hale’s point of view, we don’t get as much insight from him. However, the author does a good job showing what a great guy he is.  Sometimes he would irritate me, but then make me laugh two seconds later.  It was so easy to feel what Hale was feeling when it came to Oscar, and I loved feeling the walls come down to let him in.  This was such a sweet romance born out of a crazy situation, and had some smokin’ hot moments, too.  Loved it!

Hale Maree is a very quick read that will leave a smile on your face.  This is the perfect book if you want something sweet and totally swoony with some nice explicit content (always a bonus).  Read it.


35 responses to “Hale Maree by Misty Provencher

  1. Denise Z

    Favorite boy names, huuuuuummmmm (thinking cap on here LOL)
    1. Adam
    2. Dillon
    3. Logan

    Thank you for sharing the fun! Sorry you had to endure the mushy, but so glad you did because now I can look forward to it ;=D Definitely looking forward to reading Hale Maree.

  2. I love Ethan especially, Darlene, and I know a Brandon and a Hunter who I adore too!

    Denise, Adam is coming up in MERCY, A GARGOYLE STORY- well played! Dillon and Logan are good, strong names too!

    AND CHRISTY- you win for the prettiest posts ever!! You make the blurbs so beautiful and pretty to read, I wish you would do ALL my posts!! Thank you for such a great review and I’m glad Hale won you over- she’s a good girl! Thanks so much for reading and for the awesome review!

    Misty Provencher recently posted: HALE MAREE ~ THE TOUR
  3. Sam

    Oh I knew you were a big softie at heart! 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed this, Christy, despite not wanting to hah! 😀 I need to try something by this author one day. Great review!

    Also, I have to say it, that cover makes me cringe. I can’t look at those bones sticking out! Yuck.

    Sam recently posted: Waiting on Wednesday (#24)
    • Christy

      Lol. I had two cats (brother and sister) that I named Buffy and Xander after the characters. I still have Buffy, but Xander got ran over by a demon car.

  4. You guys are the best! I love all the names!!

    Kindlemom1~ I see you hanging around girl, go grab Cornerstone for free and let me know what you think! I’d love to get your thoughts!

    Thank you, Crystal! I’m glad you enjoyed the cover!

    Joy, there’s an Adam in Mercy, A Gargoyle Story! Great minds think alike!

    Sam, you and my husband are on the same page. He wanted the girl to be curvy (or at least to eat a sandwich). I would’ve loved that too, but there’s only so much I can do with stock photography. I still like the photo for the sexiness of it, but yes, if I met this girl, I’d buy her a burger!

    Hi Kristin! You picked some of my favorite hotties! I have a Will in one of my stories that I hope to put out in the future, so I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    Misty Provencher recently posted: HALE MAREE ~ THE TOUR
  5. It is so hard to think of a guys name that you like. I once tried thinking of guys names for a baby boy but couldn’t come up with anything that just struck me as perfect. However, I have read a lot of books with a lot of guys names that are pretty good. I suppose some of my favorite guys names would be: Braydon(or you could play with the spelling on these), Reighlyn, Lucas, Camon(said like Damon), Damien, or maybe something like Lord of the Ringish Theodin. A guys name should match his “character” so if you want it to be classic, biblical, or strong..it just all depends. I like Jordan/Jordon/Jordyn too. I think the spelling gives it personality too. Good Luck and Thank you for the giveaway! These are some great books listed for giveaway. wendyrailey(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Christy

    Oh, and I’m not entering, but want to put my names in the hat…

    1. Tyler (TJ) – my son
    2. Vaughan (like Stevie Ray Vaughan) – I just like this as a first name
    3. Vitali – My favorite Klitschko brother <3


  7. I just read Candace’s review of this book. From your review, it seems that this book is at the same time enjoyable and incredibly frustrating. I’m glad to hear that you liked the book! 🙂
    I honestly don’t think this is a book I would pick up just by looking at the cover. It’s terrible, in my opinion!

    Great review, Christy! 🙂

  8. krista grandstaff

    Gotta go with my sons 🙂

    Dylan-21, after Dylan Thomas
    Griffin-17,after a character in a book I read when I was a kid
    Ethan-14, after Ethan Fromme

    I’ll throw in my daughter too, because she has a “boy” name..
    Barret-12, after Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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