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More often than not, Clint Mason has his foot firmly wedged in his mouth, which tends to get him in plenty of hot water with the ladies. Although his laid back good ole' Southern charm does not fly far with the female population of Cedar Tree, the big burly contractor hides his dark side well.

The only one Beth Franklin allows herself to rely on is Beth, and so far that has served her well. Just when her son disappears after dropping his little guy off on her doorstep, her life seems to spiral out of control. For the first time ever, fearing for his safety, the fiercely independent waitress is forced to be on the receiving end of a helping hand.

That's not easy for her, especially since the shovel-sized hand belongs to a man whose approach has run hot and cold the last year, leaving her feeling off balance. With a steady and commanding force, he exposes her softer side, while doing everything he can to keep her and those close to her safe.

©2015 Margreet Asselbergs as Freya Barker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Upper Hand Hits All the Emotions

Upper Hand is one of my favorite Freya Barker books. Clint and Beth's story has a lot of suspense and action, but above all it's the emotions and love that shine through. Clint may be my favorite male character in the Cedar Tree series. He is a good man, but he cannot keep his foot out of his mouth to save his soul. And around Beth, he seems more apt to incite her anger than her passion. But when the passion between the couple ignites, it's explosive.
This audio narration hit the nail on the head as far as what these characters sounded like in my head when I read their story. The gruff, growly alpha that is Clint and the strong, snarky Beth make a heady combination. I can foresee me relistening to the this story again and again.

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  • Sue
  • 01-17-18

Cedar Tree Intrigue

Loved this audio! I really liked the narrators, well done. I adore the whole series.
This book is about a couple 46 yr olds who have both had some hard knocks in life and who are both trying to shield their hearts from more hurt. Beth is crusty & grumpy at times & quick to fly off the handle so their relationship develops with some sparks & bumps along the way, but I really liked her ornery butt LOL. She has raised a son and is now a grandmother.

Clint had a failed marriage in the worst possible way. He moved his business to Cedar Tree about a year prior and seems to put his foot in his mouth when speaking to women.

Most of the time I like to get away from reality when I read a book and with the drama & suspense that takes place after Beth's son goes missing, it certainly is a step outside and full of suspenseful moments. Gus' investigative are right on it, so we see all the other characters from the series.
But Beth & Clints' actual relationship sits hard and fast in reality & I found it refreshing to read about butt dimples & t*tts losing their fight with gravity and with all that, Freya creates a beautiful, believable man who appreciates the woman foremost & therefore whatever body shape she brings with her is beautiful, because it's his Beth.
Clint is the ultimate alpha-male and he walks atop a fine line that teeters into male chauvinist at times. But with the dual POV, you see into his heart and his struggle to verbalise what he feels, so I let him off with the "little woman" comments because you learn just how fiercely protective he is. I think I'm rambling LOL The short message to this story is that I really liked it, even more so after the second time around.