Stone and Pepper (Cliffside Bay, Book 7)
friendship fiction · contemporary romance · Cliffside Bay series · women's fiction · standalone series
“I simply could not stop reading this book once I started it. You just keep turning page after page to see what is going to happen next. [Tess Thompson] does a wonderful job of writing a great unique storyline for each addition to this series. This story is written with so much feeling and depth and brought about so many emotions in me…Once again Tess Thompson has pulled off another 5-star book.” —Joyce Steward Reviews
Stone Hickman is the last of a dying breed. The former Marine believes in integrity, service to his country, a hard day's work, and taking care of his loved ones. When he meets the clever Pepper Griffin, their obvious attraction has him ready to count the stunning beauty among the people that he cares for. But Pepper doesn't share the instant connection. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. And for honest, straightforward Stone, not knowing why only makes the rejection worse.
Pepper Griffin is the epitome of scrappy. For years she's struggled to make acting her career without any help at all from her famous father. While she's still accepting meager roles with little screen time, her best friend has steadily risen to the height of fame. To make matters worse, that very same friend is happily in love, newly engaged, and wants poor Pepper, whose love life is as sad and pathetic as her last film role, to serve as her maid-of-honor while Pepper's enemy, Stone Hickman, is sure to be the groom's best man.
Though Pepper despises the best man, she loves the bride-to-be more. To keep the peace, Pepper willingly includes Stone in the wedding planning process. When the unlikely pair find themselves stranded in a snowstorm while searching for the perfect venue, they'll have to work together to survive the chill even if that means thawing Pepper's heart.
*** Each book in the Cliffside Bay Series is intended to be read and enjoyed as a sweet standalone, but for maximum enjoyment read this binge-worthy series in order. ***
“Once again Tess Thompson brings an amazing story to life and I'm already excited for the next book…” —Book Nerd Anonymous
“I have loved this series, and this book was no different. I loved it. This story gives you a better look at both Stone and Pepper...It was well written and an excellent read from start to finish…Tess has a way of putting characters on the page and making them so real. She writes about subjects that are usually very hard to talk, see, or read about. She does it in a way that makes each book a heartbreaking and heartwarming read all at once. Tess is one of my favorite new authors. She amazes me with every turn of a page and every new book that I read.”—Boundless Book Reviews
“Tess Thompson has been able to make me want to be best friends with an amazing group of fictional characters. I love these books. I love these characters. I love getting wrapped up in the fantastic stories. Tess Thompson has done that for me. She is a go-to always for me, especially when it comes to Cliffside Bay…I love seeing all our old friends. I love seeing how they are all doing. Tess Thompson has done a fantastic job with these stories and I look forward to more.” —Ruby Red Romance Review
“Beautiful story and the Wolves/Dogs were awesome as always.” —Tania’s Book Blog
“I stayed up half the night as I couldn't put it down! I say this after reading each installment of this series, but they just get better and better. I was so thrilled to read Pepper and Stone’s story and with all the twists and turns it was absolutely terrific. What an amazing story of love, redemption and healing.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“Anyone who loves romance will love this series. Current social issues are woven in the individual stories. Tough to put book down one you have started to read each story.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“Another fantastic book…I can’t stop reading this series. I am memorized by each character’s story.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“Loved this book. I highly recommend it…Get the series.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“I love this author's writing and these characters are, perhaps, my favorites thus far. Tess Thompson is a master at creating characters that may be flawed, however, find someone who helps to complete them. This is part of the Cliffside Bay series but can easily be read as a standalone novel.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“There's the perfect mix of drama, tension and levity in this book which makes it an ideal read…and what author has more beautiful covers than Ms. Thompson?” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“What a great addition to this series! I have been waiting to hearhow Pepper and Stone would work out from their interactions in the rest of the series and Tess Thompson did not disappoint! Love their story and how it really feels like they are meant to be. I highly recommend this series and this book!” —★★★★★ Reader Review
“I think that Tess Thompson could write a grocery list and it would be amazing. Healed definitely is! I am a huge fan of this series, and Healed is just as good as all of the other books. Stone has been one of my favorite characters since he was first introduced, and his story is so good. Pepper’s background story is just as great. I can’t wait until the next book in the series”! —★★★★★ Reader Review
“This is a truly romantic story, one that also focuses on the entire Hickman family as well as the friendship triad of Maggie, Lisa, and Pepper. As with all the Cliffside Bay books, the story stretches out beyond the central couple to encompass all their extended family and friends in ways that demonstrate just how interconnected our lives really are.” —★★★★★ Reader Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tess Thompson is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary and historical Romantic Women’s Fiction with nearly 40 published titles. When asked to describe her books, she could never figure out what to say that would perfectly sum them up until she landed on, Hometowns and Heartstrings.
She’s married to her prince, Best Husband Ever, and is the mother of their blended family of four kids and five cats. Best Husband Ever is seventeen months younger, which qualifies Tess as a Cougar, a title she wears proudly. Her Bonus Sons are young adults with pretty hair and big brains like their dad. Daughters, better known as Princess One and Two, are teenagers who make their mama proud because they’re kind. They’re also smart, but a mother shouldn’t brag.
Tess loves lazy afternoons watching football, hanging out on the back patio with Best Husband Ever, reading in bed, binge-watching television series, red wine, strong coffee and walks on crisp autumn days. She laughs a little too loudly, never knows what to make for dinner, looks ridiculous kickboxing in an attempt to combat her muffin top, and always complains about the rain even though she chose to live in Seattle.
She’s proud to have grown up in a small town like the ones in her novels. After graduating from the University of Southern California Drama School, she had hopes of becoming an actress but was called instead to writing fiction. She’s grateful to spend most days in her office matchmaking her characters while her favorite cat Mittens (shhh…don’t tell the others) sleeps on the desk.