ARC Review: Tracking You (Redwood Ridge #2) by Kelly Moran

cover109187-mediumTitle: Tracking You (Redwood Ridge #2)

Author: Kelly Moran

Publisher: Lyrical Shine, Kensington Books

Expected Publishing Date: May 23, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Format: eBook, Print

Length: 250 pages

Rating: 4 Stars 



Love isn’t always loud. Sometimes it’s silent.

Gabby Cosette has always been dubbed the good girl of quaint Redwood Ridge, Oregon, and being permanently put in the friend zone has left her dating life stagnant. With no prospects in sight, she clings to her friends and resolves to not let loneliness drag her under. So when the town Battleaxes set their matchmaking sights on her, she figures it can’t hurt. Yet the guy they think is perfect for her just happens to be not only her boss at the veterinarian clinic, but her best friend. Sure, Flynn O’Grady is attractive and the nicest guy around, but going there with him would topple both of their carefully constructed worlds and there would be no going back. Even if he is starting to make her girly parts zing.

Having been born deaf, Flynn has already felt like an outsider most of his life. Aside from his brothers, Gabby is about the only person who’s gone out of her way to treat him as more than a handicap. Which is exactly why he’s banked his secret attraction for his sweet, beautiful vet tech. Except his meddling family is trying to play Cupid and ruin the best thing to ever happen to him. Without Gabby, his work as a veterinarian, never mind his personal life, wouldn’t flow. Determined to ignore the antics, he’s secure in the knowledge she’s not interested in him romantically. But then a kiss changes everything . . . and he’s wondering if taking the ultimate shot at love might be worth the risk.

♦ Personal Thought ♦

What can I say, Flynn just awed the heck outta me with his story!

I have a soft spot for a handicapped character and Flynn O’Grady not only fit the bill, the whole Redwood Ridge juju struck again, particularly the Animal Instinct clinic’s people and the Battleaxes trio. That this installment brought childhood best friends together – It’s about damn time! – is another plus!

As previous book, the camaraderie in this entry is appealing, even when you could predict the plot or some character’s conducts. The story is character driven and I couldn’t help but root for Flynn and Gabby. It’s great that among the amusing accounts, the author included a couple of “action” scenes that showed the pair as a unit that could tackle whatever risk thrown their way.

Flynn’s view of himself as not whole and resigned to meaningless relationship is heartbreaking. And I love how he let go of the insecurities before getting out of hand. Gabby irritated me a bit in – considering how long she’s been Flynn’s best friend – misunderstanding Flynn’s reaction. Although it also showed them being human and prone to mistakes. The flip side of that was the sexual part, which got quite a portion in this book. And I’m not a fan of too many graphic and steamy scenes. Looking at a more positive side though, they’re part of the process of Flynn accepting – instead of dreading – their natural union.

In short, Tracking You packed a fun, sentimental and steamy read in one. I love the O’Grady men and their extended family, and there’s more to come! Redwood Ridge is definitely a not to be missed series.

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

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