Title: Just Say Maybe (Thistle Bend #2)
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 2.5 Stars rounded UP
Award-winning author Tracy March follows up Should’ve Said No (“Wonderfully quirky. . . a pleasure to read!”—Laura Drewry) with this enchanting novel set in Thistle Bend, Colorado, a magical place where old wrongs are righted, and adventure leads to true love.
Real estate lawyer Holly Birdsong’s hike in the Rockies takes an unexpected turn when a smokin’-hot stranger tumbles off his bike and into her path. Turns out he’s purchasing the abandoned Lodge at Wild Rose Ridge, and Holly agrees to take him on as a client—despite her family’s traumatic history with the previous owner, who shamelessly abused the town’s goodwill at every turn. But when their professional relationship turns personal, Holly must reconcile the past with her hopes for the future.
Adding the rustic lodge to his portfolio of adventure properties isn’t just a business decision for Bryce Bennett. The rugged mountains also offer a killer setting for his extreme-sports camps for at-risk teens. What’s not in the blueprints is finding a kindred spirit in his irresistible lawyer, even if she seems apprehensive about getting involved in the deal. Bryce’s plan to ease her mind just might work, as long as no one discovers his secret. Yet he can’t stand hiding the truth from the woman who makes him want to build something permanent: a happily ever after.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Not as charming as Should’ve Said No, but I give a bonus up point as I like the sympathetic Bryce Bennet and the Montgomery sisters.
About the first one-third of the book was filled with “mysterious” aura from the secrets kept by both lead characters; on top of the mystery of the lodge. I think family connections from previous generations were the link of Thistle Bend stories. The difference was, while I quite understand how said “secret” made it hard for Carden and Lindsey to be together, I didn’t have the same feeling this time.
There seemed to be an imbalance of understanding between Holly (plus her nearest and dearest) and Bryce. Holly’s side hurled accusation one after another, while Bryce bore the brunt of it and still quick to forgive when later proven he’d not done what accused of him.
I also thought this story was too long and wordy; quite a bit lines were repeated when the characters thought back to previous events. And this happened often on both main character’s POVs.
The instant attraction turned love between Bryce and Holly was, to me, rather doubtful. There’s a lack of evidence what made their relationship more solid than, say, Holly’s previous one. [What made her prepare to relocate wherever Bruce was, when she was against leaving Thistle Bend in the first place. Just like it boggled me why in short time – only a month – the people in Thistle Bend were in favour of the Lodge being renovated when they were previously against it.(hide spoiler)] As an act of grovelling, Holly going to see Bryce was commendable. Honestly, I was both amazed and irked when he was quick to forgive and let the matter rest.
Having said all that, I’m still going to follow this series as I liked the general setting, the food (never forget the food!), and the Montgomery sisters! 😉
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.