Traded: Brody and Kara

Traded: Brody and Kara

by Tess Thompson


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Brody Mullen is the best quarterback in the AFL, and his Super Bowl win only confirms what he's suspected his entire career: romantic entanglements are bad for his game. No women. No sex. No problems. But after hiring a beautiful nurse to care for his mother, his resolve begins to weaken.

The small coastal town of Cliffside Bay, California seems like the perfect place to start over for Kara Eaton. Shielded by her new identity from the Witness Protection Program, she takes a job as a nurse and commits to never speaking of her past, lest she risk losing her life. The only problem? Falling for the handsome, very public, football player who hires her.

The first installment of The Cliffside Bay Series by bestselling author Tess Thompson follows the interwoven stories of five best friends, the beach community they love, and the women who captivate them. Prepare to get lost in a wave of small town charm, men you would love to take home to your mother, and smart, resilient heroines you wished lived next door.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998583556
Publisher: Tess Thompson
Publication date: 04/26/2018
Series: Cliffside Bay Series , #1
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 643,532
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Tess Thompson writes small-town romances and historical fiction. Her female protagonists are strong women who face challenges with courage and dignity. Her heroes are loyal, smart and funny, even if a bit misguided at times. While her stories are character driven, she weaves suspenseful plots that keep readers turning pages long into the night.

Her desire is to inspire readers on their journey toward their best life, just as her characters are on the way to theirs. In her fiction, she celebrates friendships, community, motherhood, family, and how love can change the world. If you like happy endings that leave you with the glow of possibility, her books are for you.

Like her characters in the River Valley Collection, Tess Thompson hails from a small town in southern Oregon, and will always feel like a small town girl, despite the fact she's lived in Seattle for over twenty-five years. She loves music and dancing, books and bubble baths, cooking and wine, movies and snuggling. She cries at sappy commercials and thinks kissing in the rain should be done whenever possible. Although she tries to act like a lady, there may or may not have been a few times in the last several years when she's gotten slightly carried away watching the Seattle Seahawks play, but that could also just be a nasty rumor.

Her historical fiction novel, "Duet for Three Hands" won the first runner-up in the 2016 RONE awards. "Miller's Secret", her second historical, was released in 2017, as were the fourth and fifth River Valley Series books: Riversnow and Riverstorm. The sixth River Valley book will (hopefully) release in the latter part of 2018.

"Traded: Brody and Kara", the first in her new contemporary, small town romance series, Cliffside Bay, released on February 15th, 2018. The second in the series, "Deleted: Jackson and Maggie" releases May 7th, 2018. The subsequent three Cliffside Bay books will release in the latter part of 2018.

She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her recent groom, the hero of her own love story, and their Brady Bunch clan of two sons, two daughters and five cats, all of whom keep her too busy, often confused, but always amazed. Yes, that's four kids, three of whom are teenagers, and five cats. Pray for her.

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Traded: Brody and Kara (Cliffside Bay Series, #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it when a love story concentrates on the relationships and characters. Really enjoyed. CB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the different storyline. Kara is really great person and Brody isn't the typical jock, he's sensitive. The whole group are people you wish you had in your corner. Liked that the characters were well developed. This series is a must read, lots going on and you want to know about every person in the group. Can't wait to get started on the next book. Mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this. It was not silly and juvenile like most hometown stories.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Getting to know the characters in this book was really an experience and I’m looking forward to reading the series and getting to see how the rest of the dogs work out
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I love Tess's books. You fall in love with her characters and wish you lived in this little town where everyone takes care of each other. I love this series and always look forward to the next book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
KtLBLy 7 months ago
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* Brody Mullen is a quarterback whose team just won the last huge game of the season. Since he travels and works so much, he has a housekeeper named Flora that comes by sometimes, and helps take care of things. She’s been around since he was a little kid and is very protective of him. His father died a few years ago, so his mother moved in with him so he can help her out. One day Brody finds out that Flora has a brain tumor and will have to go into surgery. Soon after, his mother falls and breaks her leg. Since it’s the off season, Brody decides to hire someone to help take care of his mother and Flora, as well as do some housework. Flora is upset because she doesn’t want someone else to help out, but she finally agrees after telling Brody she gets to pick who it is. Kara’s life is in turmoil. She’s in the witness protection program because she had to turn her father in, because he’s a Columbian drug lord. Growing up, she always knew they were well off financially, but always assumed that he made his money in stock. However, after seeing her father kill a man, she put all the pieces together and knew she needed to take action. She’s terrified because she knows that if she’s ever found, then her father would not hesitate to have her killed and make it look like an accident. She’s put up in a small town in a very not so nice place to live, and finds out about the housekeeper position. It’s perfect for her because she has a degree in nursing and she will be able to stay there rent free, so she can save money to find someplace better to live. She knows that she can never tell Brody or his family about her past because she doesn’t want them involved in her drama. However, the longer she stays and helps out the family, the more everyone starts to love her and want her to stay. Kara can’t tell them about her past, but Brody seems to catch on to her that she is lying about something, and is unsure if he really wants someone he can’t trust taking care of his family. I loved this story. I had so much fun reading it, and I was so nervous that Kara would say something, or do something and be questioned about her past. There were some close moments of slip up for Kara but she handled herself very well. Of course Flora had taken care of the family for so long she was a little hesitant to hire Kara, but I loved how they all came to care about her in the end. There were laugh out loud moments, but there were also some sadder moments. There was a shocking moment during the last third of the book that I was really freaking out about. Overall, I highly enjoyed this book. It was so enjoyable and fun. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite:***
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Good read
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Traded: Brody And Kara is an outstanding contemporary romance by Tess Thompson. Ms. Thompson has delivered a well-written book. The characters are magnificent and my favorite part of the story. Witness Protection has hidden Kara away after she testified at her father's trial. Brody has just won the Super Bowl and is starting his offseason but finds his mother has broken her leg and his housekeeper/cook/second mom has a brain tumor. I love the way Ms. Thompson has woven the little side stories into the main story. I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Tess Thompson soon. Traded: Brody And Kara is book 1 of the Cliffside Bay Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book with some twists and turns. Better than the average free romance book with characters development an d a plot line
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line. It's easy to get caught up in the characters lives.
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thicks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and was over the moon when I realized I didn't have to deal with graphic sex to enjoy it. This author gives us not only the girl that wears blinders and gets a rude and sobering reality slap when her father's life comes out. When she finds herself with a new life and identity it's in a beautiful small town of her "arch football rival". I adored the supporting cast of women that kept Brody's life interesting and the friends that kept him grounded. It was a great story and I can't wait to enjoy more of the Cliffside Bay series. This author is new to me and had I not took a chance on this freebie I never would have missed a goodie. If you enjoy implied romance with a good story to go with it, a little angst/repairing of broken hearts and plenty of tension you will enjoy this author. I love being able to imagine what happens behind close doors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome great story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much loved this story!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Getting the rest of the series. I don't usually do that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Kept me interested & now I want the next ones!
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed taking a day off and read Traded by Tess Thompson. I loved everything that became of this story. When I read the blurb, I was sure this was a normal Sports Romance that I love. No way was that the case here. Yes the hero of the story is a football player. Yes it starts off with the sports, but wow it is so much more than the game! Traded is a story that I did not expect. You will get the romance and chemistry. It is mild when it comes to the Heat level, but I enjoyed it all the same. You get the same experience on a different level. Brody and Kara were a match made. Kara has a HUGE secret that she can never let get out. She fears it will ruin Brody before they start anything. He becomes everything that she needs. The family connection is amazing along with friendship between the dogs. This story has so much going on, but it intertwines within itself. You get second chance, lost loves, and new love. I could not put this book down! I am excited to start this series and have love for this little Bayside town that I am now fond off!
ssrosepetal More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet contemporary romance with a slow burn. I was intrigued when I read the blurb and am glad that I gave this book a chance. Kara's life has done a complete 360 and she has to start over. Brody has just won the super bowl but has also found out that someone he loves isn't doing so well. He doesn't like new people entering his circle but has no choice but to let someone new in. These two have an instant attraction (probably insta-love but neither of them are willing to admit it), however they try to fight it at all costs. This story had a unique secondary story and a ton of lovable secondary characters. I love down and dirty books but sometimes a sweet contemporary story is just what a person needs. OH and don't forget about Minnie. She just sounds so adorable. I love how she won over Brody's heart. *I voluntarily read an advanced copy for an honest review.*