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Above All

(Heart of the Adirondacks #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north, and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s 34 and happy being alone…until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all."

Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. He may only be 26, but the hot, Brooklyn-bound chef offers the
Published July 18th 2014 by Ellora's Cave
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Jessica Robbins
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

If you like contemporary romance novels that deal with healing after bad break-ups and a slight age difference between the two then look no further then this great book. Casey flees the city after a bad break-up only to find her self living in a cabin at a campground that is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. She likes it here and has interest in men until one fateful day when a group checks in with o
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this book! I think I have a little book hangover. I want to move to Bonnet. I want my own Chef Ben. Never mind Chef, just give me Ben and a few of his delectable baked goods. The man knows his way around the kitchen and other rooms of the house.
Ben meets Casey when he and some friends from college come up to Bonnet to the campground where she now works and lives. Casey has escaped city living and it was a happy accident she found herself in Bonnet and a home with the Geller's. She loves wh
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
I honestly think Rebecca’s books should come with a warning: Do not read on an empty stomach! Seriously *shakes head* - no joke *shrugs* Don’t believe me? Check out Make Me Beg and then we can talk.

In fact... bear with me while I take a short intermission to grab a snack.

I’m baaack!



Apologies! *smirks*

Right, where was I? Oh yes, so I think it’s safe to say that we all deal with broken hearts differently. Relocating to a sleepy mountain town may seem a tad extreme to some *pinch
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
3.5 stars rounded up.

34 year old Casey left Brooklyn after boyfriend of 7 years broke her heart. Now she lives in the small town of Bonnet, and she's been alone ever since. Not alone as in no one in her life, but no one to love her the way she secretly yearns for. One day 26 year old Ben shows up at the campground she helps the Gellers run, and she finds herself attracted to the younger guy. When he shows up to her small cabin and they indulge in a hot encounter, suddenly she's wondering what sh
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Cassie moves to Bonnet after she breaks yup with her boyfriend of 7 years. It was hard and nasty. All she wants is to be alone for the rest of her life.

When a group of people come to her area to camp things change for Cassie. Ben has good looks and charm can he tempt Cassie?

The characters were ok. It seem to take them both a while to fight for what they wanted. Ben didn't have much of a backbone so to speak. He needed to stand up to his family more. But overall a nice story of and older women an
I read an ARC copy of this.

Overall I enjoyed this book. My issue was with Casey. At times it was hard for me to like her. Her low self-esteem was annoying. I liked Ben even though he had a few dick moments. At least he came to his senses. I was just glad that they got their HEA in the end.
Melanie Page
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Above All by Rebecca Brooks is romance from Ellora’s Cave (July 2014). The story follows Casey, a 34-year-old woman who had her heart broken after her boyfriend of 7 years, Nick, moves on. Casey moves 200 miles away to Paper Lake, home to a campground. When we meet Casey, she’s been living in a cabin at the campground for a year, which is part of her pay for working there. Her family sees her choice to live such a rustic life–she did abandon a PhD in Art History program in NYC–a big waste.

But Ca
Space Cowgirl
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casey is a woman who spent 7 years of her life with a man She really didn't know, and seven years at a teaching job in NYC she didn't like. Her ex boyfriend, Nick, is a writer, and when he finally publishes the book( after their breakup) he worked on the entire time they were together, these is no mention of her.
After the breakup, Casey basically runs away to upstate, and comes up in a little tourist town called Bonnet, that seems to be calling her home. She finds a job at a privat
Suze Lavender
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Casey left New York with a broken heart. She found a safe haven in the small mountain town Bonnet. There she works at a lakeside campsite. She loves spending time outdoors and can’t get enough of painting the beautiful view. She lives a solitary life, but feels much less alone than with the author she used to live with. Casey isn’t looking for love, but when Ben and his friends visit the campsite, she’s tempted. He’s several years younger, but they do have a connection. Ben is on his way to beco ...more
Isha Coleman
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Above All (A Heart of the Adirondacks Novel) by Rebecca Brooks  
Happiness doesn't reside in false moments of perfection. It requires that we do the work. Above All is about knowing our worth. How can a person expect to find true love and happiness, if their not being truthful with themselves? Broken hearts, fresh starts and electric chemistry are a jumping off point for Casey and Ben. Brooks entrances with seduction, but the driving force behind the temptation is self discovery. Life is more tha
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Most of this book takes place at a campground, and for some reason this pleases me. I enjoy camping/outdoorsy romances. Casey recently broke up with her long-term boyfriend, got the hell out of New York City and now is a manager at a camp ground in the Adirondack mountain area. The peace, calm, and hard work makes Casey’s blood sing. She is finally home, and is happy. Her ex made everything about him, and never let Casey be herself, so she cherishes her life now.

One evening, a group of people re
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly one of the worst romances I’ve read in a while. I enjoyed the beginning but the middle and the end were such a drag. I really considered DNFing near the middle because the story dragged so much but decided to push through and kind of regret it.

The beginning was super fun and promising with the whirlwind meeting of Ben and Casey and their relationship. However what ruined it for me was how many breaks in their relationship happened throughout the entire book. There were at least 3 or 4
DJ Sakata
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

“Moving on was going to require leaving the woods and getting a friend set that didn’t have gray hairs, hip replacements and a few false teeth.”

“But then her mouth ran away from her – her own brain could never be trusted sometimes – and to her surprise and shock and embarrassment she found herself still talking.”

“The fact that she didn’t want a date with Evan didn’t mean she wanted him to find her unappealing.”

“When she at last pressed her mouth to his, it felt like coming home.
Have Coffee Need Books
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Ben Mailer... put your yummy yum yum in my mouth.

Stop your dirty minds! He's a chef. Although I'd totally let him put his yum yum in my mouth!

I’ve always loved a story that ended in food! Food and books? Was it my birthday and I didn’t know? Rebecca Brooks has written a great Women’s Lit novel about a Romance infused with delicious words all based on a hot man cooking! Casey Webb escaped from one man whose relationship was so toxic she almost lost her identity. If there is anything she learned
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Above All was only my second foray into romance novel territory, but I'm so glad I picked it up. It knocked my socks off--and I bet the people sitting around me on the train wondered why I was blushing so furiously while I read it!

Rebecca Brooks gives her characters real, meaty dilemmas to contend with, and they're not ones that are solved quickly or easily. Her prose is vivid and compelling; I found myself staring out at the trees, wishing I could drag my husband away for a week in the wildern
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic debut by a new author on the romance scene! Above All is thoughtful, wry, and really hot. It's a thinking woman's romance novel. I identified with Casey--her smarts and self-reliance, but her desire to make it work with someone--and that's not often the case in romance novels, when protagonists are two-dimensional and don't feel like real women. Bravo to the fantastic Rebecca Brooks for writing a romance novel that satisfies and also makes one reflect about their own life! ...more
Elisabeth Lane
Feb 06, 2016 added it
Shelves: own
I was all in with the older heroine and younger hero and their vocational struggles. But by 43% I was a little weary of the immature hero, the aggressively self-conscious heroine and their ridiculously euphemistic sex. Had to stop.
A Klue
One of my requirements above all else in my romantic reads is to feel a genuine romantic connection between two people who are willing to fight for love. Casey and Ben, the main couple here, were extremely physically attracted to one another and shared some off the charts very smexy scenes but didn’t seemed to have that destined to be together soulmate spark that ignited their hearts enough to never give up on being together. By 50%, though they were finally intimate, I just couldn’t see them be ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewer, romance
I received an ARC from the very talented Author REBECCA BROOKS, in exchange for an honest opinion.
This is my very honest opinion of her hot and sexy book- Above All ( a haeart in the adirondacks novel). Having never read any of this any of this author’s books before. I was unsure what to expect. However- the fact that she had written it with the setting of the Adirondack mountains intriqued me very much.
The way in which she has described the scenrey – the mountains- the park . Ms Brooks brings t
May 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
DNF @ 50%

I'll start from the beginning: I've never read an age gap romance where the woman is older than the man, and to be honest I wasn't entirely sure that I'd enjoy this dynamic. But the issues I had with Above All were entirely unrelated to the age gap. In fact, I rather enjoyed Ben's innocence and sense of hopefulness in contrast to Casey's more...I suppose bleak outlook on life? My main gripe with this was that there was no chemistry between Ben and Casey. Nothing from their interaction

Casey Webb is running from her heartbreak and settling in the small mountain town she's found herself in is the perfect place for her to heal. However, when Ben Mailer comes to town, Casey finds herself succumbing to the intense chemistry they share, even though she's sworn off men. Will Casey take a chance on Ben or will she let her shot at happy ever after slip away?

What an interesting and engaging read Ms. Brooks has delivered in this first book of her Heart of the Adirondacks series where th
Mandie Foxylutely
Above All is an older woman (34) and younger man (26) romance. Not much of an age gap but it was one of the draws for me to this book.

Casey is recovering from her broken heart after her boyfriend of seven years dumps her. To add insult to injury he dedicates the book he published to his new woman, even though it was Casey that had supported him whilst he was writing it. Now starting afresh is a mountain town at a campground she helps run, Casey is finally feeling content. Her lack of a love lif
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 7/27/18.

I absolutely adored the setting of this romance--summers in the Adirondacks make up some of my earliest memories, and Ms. Brooks captured the setting perfectly in this book. Casey and Ben are great characters, and so cute together. Plus, he cooks! And makes a perfect croissant. Paired with those abs, what more could you want? ;)

This is a re-issue of Ms. Brooks' first published novel, and as such it has a bit of a different flavor than the later wor
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I volunteered to read this ARC for an honest review. I absolutely loved this story about Cassy and Ben. Cassy is a thirty something woman who thought she had it all, but only to find out she wasn't who she thought she was. The story starts a year after she had left her life in NYC behind, moving to the town of Bonnet by Paper Lake. She has made a family there with the Geller's and Lee. Helping out at the camp ground the Geller's run, she happens to be in duty the night Ben and his friends check- ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Shyla
Book provided by the author
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Above All was part, coming of age, and part sweet romance. Not to say It lacked passion or sex scenes. It simply captured the purity, beauty, and thrill of really falling for someone completely for the first time. To be fair, it accurately displayed some of the heartaches when things go awry. Casey is in her mid-thirties, but still coming into her own, and finding her place in many ways. She walked away from what
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Caution….Reading Above All will make you hungry.

I must admit I wasn’t expecting all the hotness. Ben and Casey can’t seem to get enough of each other. Since I’m admitting things...I have to say I didn’t read the blurb for the book. Going in, all I knew was that the hero was a chef and the hot times took place in the woods and in a rowboat. That was all I needed to know in order to want to read the story.

When things don’t work out with her boyfriend, Casey Webb empties her bank account, buys a us
SBee Reviews
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

“A sweet, sad, sexy, and finally triumphant story!”

Casey has put aside her own personal growth for the good of supporting her man, who decides to leave her in his dust as he strikes out for his own fortune. Not looking forward and not looking back either, Casey leaves for the solitude of the mountains where she hides and slowly reacquaints herself with nature, trying to find some healing ground and helping out at the Paper Lake Campground. But when a much younge
Jennifer Pierson
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Casey is a 34 year old woman who ends up in Bonnet after her long time boyfriend breaks her heart. She has no problem living out in the middle of the woods, as the solitude suits her fine at this point in her life. That is until a group of college age people come to camp, and she meets Ben for the first time. They share a connection that neither saw coming, so then it becomes quite frustrating push & pull from there on out, because she isn't going to leave where she's at, and he has a life in th ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Is this my favorite of Rebecca's books? No. Did I struggle at times? Yes. Would I read it again. ABSOLUTELY. Because the moment when you *get* what Rebecca is doing and how she's engaging you as the reader? OMG waterworks.

There are so many perfect moments in this book. Moments that you don't often see in romance: like that first sex scene we ALL can relate to! I love how the HEA comes to be. Lee is #goals.

Casey isn't the most easily likeable heroine but that's in part because a) she reflects b
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