Published By: Vivian Arend
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
He’s her rock in the midst of the storm
When Maggie Ward’s world is torn apart by sudden tragedy, the only thing that makes her days bearable is Clay Thompson’s unwavering presence. He’s protective, caring, and everything she could ask for in a friend. But when she finds herself longing for more than friendship, it will take a little seduction to convince the stubborn mechanic she’s ready to start living again.
She’s his heart, whether he knows it or not
Clay Thompson’s got the taking-care-of-others business down pat, only he’s never faced this particular challenge before—the one woman he’s always wanted is unexpectedly his to care for. Suddenly it’s not just responsibility driving him, but a wild desire to make Maggie truly his. But following his heart might mean sacrificing the family he’s held together for years.
It’s no secret that I enjoy Ms. Arend’s style of writing and have enjoyed all of the books in the Rocky Mountain House series and Let It Ride is no exception to that rule. I found it to be a quick read with sweet, emotional and fun moments, not only between Clay and Maggie, but with the rest of the characters who make an appearance in it. And though I did enjoy it in it’s entirety, I found Clay and Maggie’s romance to be lacking in heat in comparison to the other HEA’s in the series. It’s not that I didn’t like either Clay or Maggie, because I did. Nor is it that I didn’t think they belonged together because from the beginning you could tell that they were friends and as the story progresses you see just how good they are together, but when they finally move past the friend zone it felt more sweet than firey.
But what I really liked was how the various stages of Maggie’s grief and healing were handled and the role that Clay played in it. We get to see her not only at her most vulnerable, but at her strongest and while she does accept help from those who care about her, she does much of it on her own. Clay’s determination to be there for Maggie and put her needs before his was something that I really liked about him as well as how he kept a good balance at pushing her without stepping over the line. And the various reactions of some of the townsfolk over what they perceived to be going on between Clay and Maggie and their own responses to them was also done well, one in particular did surprise me, but it made sense. The other part that I liked, and what I really enjoy about this series, was catching up with the rest of the Thompson family and even some of the Coleman’s. We get to see where they all are in their relationships and a few things occur had me grinning.
Overall: While Clay and Maggie’s HEA was a little mild heat wise for me, this was still an enjoyable read and good addition to the series. It also did a great job at peaking my interest in Troy, the youngest Thompson male, and just what his story is.
~ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review ~
** 3.5 Feathers **
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA bestselling author of over 30 novels and short stories in both contemporary and paranormal genres, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well-entertained.
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