Friday, March 4, 2016

5 Star Review: Should've Said No (Thistle Bend #1) by Tracy March

A year after being laid off from the Smithsonian, Lindsey Simms says yes to a job offer as curator of a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado (population 1,519). It could be worse—and it is. Because the new museum has escalated a dispute between the Karlssons, Lindsey’s relatives, and the Crenshaws, a blood feud which goes way back to a land deal that changed the fortunes of both families. Trying to stay objective, Lindsey can’t tell anyone about her conflict of interest—especially not the ruggedly handsome handyman fixing up her cabin, who seems to be keeping secrets of his own.

Although he’s the executive director of the family trust and one of Colorado’s most eligible bachelors, Carden Crenshaw prefers getting his hands dirty in town and on his sprawling ranch. Staying busy has given him an excuse not to risk heartbreak, but getting to know the beautiful “museum lady” makes him reconsider. Little does he know, the heat between them will only add fuel to the fire—unless this unlikely couple can prove they’re lovers, not fighters.

My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I loved everything about this book. It takes place in a small town and has wonderful, quirky characters that know everyone else's business. And then throw in the feuding families and you got a great story.

Lindsey is a distant relative of the Karlssons, who have been at odds with the Crenshaws for years. One family thinks that the other stole land from them, which is a mystery she has to figure out as curator of the town's new museum. She has to not rely on old legal documents, but also stories from the townspeople. Totally removed from the feud, she keeps her real identity hidden so she doesn't cause a controversy. She's also so far removed from the feud that she doesn't

Things get complicated when Lindsey meets Carden, a member of the Crenshaw family. Against their better judgement, the two of them get involved. At first Carden has ulterior motives with Lindsey, but he quickly realizes that she is the real deal. He really doesn't have to worry about Lindsey doing anything but making sure the museum has all the correct history to display. 

As a couple Lindsey and Carden were adorable. There is a little bit of a mistaken identity when they first meet and while it leaves Lindsey a bit embarrassed, it just makes for an adorable meet cute. Lindsey is a bit nervous to get involved with Carden because of a past relationship, but while she may think he is similar to her ex, he definitely is not. I was rooting for these two to work things out and with the help of some people Lindsey meets along the way, they do eventually get their happily ever after. 

I think I have stated this before, but you really can't go wrong with a Tracy March book. Her love stories are fantastic and will leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling. You can also sit down to read her one of her books and before you know it, you are practically done. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

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