ARC Review: Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March

cover100051-mediumTitle: Could’ve Said Yes (Thistle Bend, #3)

Author: Tracy March

Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing

Expected Release Date: December 13, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook

Page Count: 240

Rating: 3.25 Stars



The truth paves a path for a second chance at love in a captivating Thistle Bend novel from the award-winning author of Should’ve Said No(“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor and warmth.”—Zoe Dawson).

Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.

After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.

Praise for Tracy March’s Should’ve Said No

“A wonderful story of family, honor, trust, and generations of unexpected secrets… Escape to the quaint mountain town of Thistle Bend, Colorado, where there’s serious sizzle between a local boy and the new gal in town.”USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle

Should’ve Said No is a sweet modern-day Hatfield-and-McCoy story filled with tenderness, passion, and a good dose of sass. Tracy March’s town of Thistle Bend, and every one of its wonderfully quirky characters, made this charming story a pleasure to read!”USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor, warmth, and an old-fashioned family feud.”—Zoe Dawson, author of Leaving Yesterday


♦ Personal Thought ♦

The final installment in Thistle Bend trilogy brought the multi-talented Ellie London to the center page. Potential beau came in the form of Collin Cooper, an EPA staff rising star who came to supervise the old mine’s work in town. Both of our main casts had just suffered from broken engagement, vowed never to fall for the opposite sex again, and would only stick to (mutual consent) hook up. Which – of course – totally NOT what happened! 😉

I liked both characters enough; not only described as gorgeous and talented, they had integrity. But then Collin had cold feet. In a very lame way, I might add. While I might sympathize due to the aftermath of his not-long-ago failed engagement, his 180 was totally not cool.

As for Ellie, what I admired as well found exasperating in her was her quick forgiveness and acceptance. It’s a good thing in a way, though I personally felt Collin could have practiced his grovelling a bit here!

Well, it’s a good thing the heroine was a very supportive and understanding character, right? But. BUT. Weirdly enough, when a secret snag on their fledging relationship, the understanding gone kaput, and Collin took his sentence quietly. And this reader went berserk!

I mean: where’s the fight!?! You know that twist where the MC felt the other deserved better then just let go? Well, I dislike that. Especially if the reason is NO REASON at all! Like what happened here!

Plot-wise, it’s all pretty straightforward here. Other than themselves, Collin and Ellie’s relationship practically went without a hitch. And if you’ve read the previous books in the series, there were some familiar people – quite entertaining people – making appearance in here also. Of course, it’s only expected as this book also served as the closing chapter on the Thistle Bend romance.

The story might not be my favorite of the series, however I thought this was way better than the previous one. With that, I shall conclude my personal thought on this book. And of course, I’m game to read more of Tracy March‘s writing. 🙂

Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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