Title: Just Say Maybe
Series: Thistle Bend #2
Author: Tracy March
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2016
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.
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bryce and Holly have a great meet cute. He is out mountain bike riding and ends up ass over tea kettle. He finds himself sprawled out on the ground and all of a sudden Holly is there to ask if he is okay. The two share a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some light banter (I love banter) and they both walk away from his encounter thinking about the other person.
Bryce is in town looking buy an old lodge that he wants to turn into an extreme sports camp for at risk youth, just like the one he went to when he was a kid. When he goes to the local real estate lawyer, he finds Holly. She agress to help him and the two go up to the lodge and make a discovery that has them playing detective. The lodge itself is seeped in scandal and it turns out that it is holding on to a mystery that has the potential to cause more heartache where there has already been a lot. I liked Holly and Bryce together. I thought they had great chemistry that was there from the moment they met.
“I’d just started eating and I heard you coming.” She leaned back on her heels and tipped her head. “I’ll give your dismount a 9.3, considering the way you stuck the landing without breaking anything.” She winked.
A spark fired inside Bryce and a grin stretched across his face. He was a sucker for a girl who took him at his word and didn’t go all Florence Nightingale on him—especially one who looked like her and had clearly spent her Tuesday morning hiking in the Rockies. There were no easy trails to this ridge above the lodge—he’d confirmed that himself. No wonder she was in such fine shape.
“Ah, the elusive perfect ten,” he said. “Guess I need more practice.”From there, they had a lovely conversation, shared that sandwich and started something that neither of them saw coming.
He glanced at the screen, his eyebrows rising along with his heart rate as he read the contact information she’d typed in.
Holly— The Elusive Perfect 10
A winking smiley-face emoji followed, as did the most exciting combination of ten digits he might’ve ever seen.
Bryce’s heart surged. “Definitely the best fall I’ve ever taken,” he said, shamelessly flirting. He slipped the phone into his pocket and leveled a gaze on her as electric as the bright blue sky. “ Maybe I don’t need any more practice.”
Leaving her smiling, he pedaled off, churning up dust from the trail, and feeling like a badass movie hero.And that was just the first chapter! Throughout the book, their relationship becomes much more than either of them thought possible. They work together to help solve the lodge mystery and learn a lot about each other along the way. Unfortunately, not all of it is good and Holly starts to question everything the two of them shared.
This book is a great edition to the series. Tracy always gives her readers a well thought out story that is not only delightful, but leaves her readers happy. And as always, I am looking forward to the next book!
Author BioAward-winning author Tracy March writes contemporary romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after. Always up for travel and adventure, she has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without craving pizza. Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA.