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Peek Inside Loving Mindy

When Josh Powers, the man whose heart she broke years ago, winds up on her doorstep in a snowstorm, he makes Mindy McKenzie's mouth water. Unfortunately, she’s sure she missed her chance with him. Josh has never been able to get Mindy out of his head. Being stranded with her in a snowstorm over the holidays is pure torture. Especially since he knows she’ll never feel the same way. Mindy is just as sexy and tempting as he remembers, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.

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Previously released as part of the Stranded with a Hero anthology. Now available individually!

He's the one who got away. She's the one he can't forget...

Mindy McKenzie’s day has gone from bad to worse. First, her ex whisked her kids away to attend his elopement, leaving her alone for the holidays. And then the man whose heart she broke years ago winds up on her doorstep—stranded. Josh Powers still has a body that can make her mouth water, but unfortunately, she’s sure she missed her chance with him.

Waiting out a storm with an attractive woman isn’t normally a bad thing. But when it’s the woman Josh Powers has never been able to get out of his head, it’s pure torture. Especially since he knows she’ll never feel the same way. Mindy is just as sexy and tempting as he remembers, but he can’t risk his heart a second time.


"I loved how great the chemistry was between the two of them, and I loved how their time being snowed in really helped Mindy get her Christmas cheer back. I'm a huge fan of people getting a second chance to get things right from when they were younger, and these two people are finally in the right place to give it a go. This was a great, quick, and fun read, I recommend reading it in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate, so check it out. "- Home Love Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633750289
Series: LONE PINE LAKE, Book 2.5
Release Date: Jul 28, 2014
Page Count: 86
Imprint: bliss
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances
Tropes: forced proximity, reunited lovers, second chance

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By Kim Reads July 28, 2014

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Loving Mindy by Karen Erickson is a second chance love story. I was definitely looking forward to Mindy’s story. In her siblings’ books (Jane’s Gift and Tempting Cameron) she provided all the words of wisdom while trying to hide her own pain and sor... ...more

By Emily August 16, 2015

**My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a very light and soft novella that can be read as a stand-a-lone story from the series.

Josh and Mindy are old friends that reunite over the Christmas holidays when Josh's car can... ...more

By Mayra July 23, 2014

Mindy and Josh's story is completely sweet and beautiful! This book made me want everything that Christmas brings. Especially cookies and snow!

Mindy and Josh have a past. They used to be best friends until they weren't. Now she is a divorcee single mom of two boys and Josh is still single. Fate b... ...more

By Home. Love. Books. September 19, 2014

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This was my second novella in two days, which is somewhat shocking because I am so not normally a fan of the novella. Even better I liked this one just as much as the one I read before it, so that's a big win in my... ...more

By Paris May 29, 2015

I really liked Mindy from Tempting Cameron. She’s a tough lady and a great big sister that definitely helped knock some sense into Cameron. I hated what little I knew about what happened to her and as soon as I read the beginning of this book, I was so freaking mad, I wanted to reach into the boo... ...more

By Sophie October 05, 2014

Mindy McKenzie's year hasn't been the best, with her divorce and now her spending Christmas alone which wasn't her decision. Then again, her ex marrying again was something she thought she wouldn't have to deal with quite so soon either. So just when Mindy's luck can't get any worse Joshua Powers... ...more

By Lea July 27, 2014

This is a quick, light, holiday read. It can easily be read in an afternoon or a lunch hour or two. It is part of the Lone Pine Lake series and while the other books may give greater background and insight to the family connections and friendships this book stands alone just fine.

Josh and Mindy w... ...more

By Christine December 12, 2016

This was such a sweet holiday read. I loved Mindy when I read Jane's book. I was sad to see what she was going through with her marriage. In this novella, we get to see her with Josh. Josh was her best friend in high school, but she threw away her relationship with him when Marty told her she cou... ...more

By Christina October 09, 2014

This cute, quick novella is about Josh & Mindy, former best friends growing up until Mindy falls for Marty & ends up marrying him. Josh completely cuts himself off from Mindy because he thinks that telling her about his feelings & her telling him she can't hang out anymore was embarra... ...more

By Jessica December 25, 2014

I enjoyed this short and sweet book. Its a perfect escape when you have only a short moment to spare to read. The characters were interesting and I loved that there was the point of view for both Mindy and Josh. My only issues is the timing of me reading this book. The last book I read was very s... ...more

By Pageywagey July 09, 2015

Love this series. This fun, quick story of second chance love was sweet and steamy. An adult read, for sure, but while it was short, it was still really well written. I would give it more like 4 1/2 stars, rounding up to be fair! ;-)
I just love to see people end up in their happily-ever-after! I... ...more

By Angie February 23, 2015

This was a good story about two old friends that happen to get stuck together in a snowstorm thanks to Mindy's cat. Josh and Mindy were friends growing up until Mindy met her ex-husband Marty. You get to see these two work through what happened in their past and how they will deal with what is ha... ...more

By Kim May 13, 2015

So happy Erickson wrote a novella for Mindy! I've really wanted to see her character have some happiness in the Lone Pine Lake series. Hopefully Erickson writes more of her story in future LPL books. And can Mac get a book too!?!?? ...more

By Jessica January 02, 2016

Thank you NetGalley & Entangled Publishing, LLC for the opportunity to read this novella in exchange for an honest review!
It's short, sweet and will make you smile. LOVED IT and cannot wait to continue on with the Lone Pine Lake series! ...more

By Bette July 28, 2014

Karen Erickson takes us back to Lone Pine Lake where Mindy is having to face another Christmas without her kids but the holiday cheer flows when she is stuck with Josh through a blizzard. Hmmm.....
While this story is part of a series it is easily read as a standalone. I recommend this one. ...more

By Shari July 28, 2014

A second chance story of Mindy and ex best friend Josh. Mindy is alone at Christmas, kids with ex husband. Josh shows up in a snowstorm. A fast flowing story, that I really enjoyed. Part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. ...more

By Irene July 09, 2014

I read this novella when it was part of the Stranded with a Hero anthology book.
Loving Mindy was a fun and enjoyable read :) ...more

By Lora J. August 07, 2014

Loved it can't wait for next one good read thx ...more

By Gayle December 04, 2014

3.5 stars. Cute Christmas novella about second chances. This line of books is supposed to be clean, but I thought this one pushed the boundaries a little (at least my boundaries). ...more

By Jennifer February 18, 2015

Love the McKenzie's

This story is a great addition to the series. The only problem I had is that it was too short! ...more

By Eileen January 04, 2015

This was part of an anthology and read a year ago. Mindy got her HEA and a second chance at love. ...more

By Jennifer September 13, 2015

Clean romance ...more

By Aleksandra July 20, 2014

My rating: 3.5 of 5 ...more

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Karen Erickson

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Karen Erickson

Karen Erickson lives in central California with her husband, three kids, one dog and too many cats. Being a romance writer and bringing her characters to life is her greatest dream come true. To see what she's up to, please visit

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