Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review for Should've Said No by Tracy March - 4 bees knees


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.


This was a cute romance, and I loved the small town aspect, and the addition of the mystery of the feud between 2 prominent families was interesting. The interaction between Lindsay and Carden was fun and sweet, and they had some good romance scenes; just enough spice for this type of story. Lindsay moves to Thistle Bend for a job opportunity after a heartbreak and the loss of her job, so she's a bit down on the idea of men, but Carden; who also has had a bit of heartbreak in his life, is making it hard for her to resist getting involved. Both aren't completely honest with each other, so therein lies the problem of this story. Lindsay and Carden have an instant connection, and the growth of their relationship was a joy to read; they were adorable together, and I liked that their relationship was more than just sex; they did other activities, they had fun outside of the bedroom. I enjoyed the side characters; one of the things I love about small town books is that there are usually some interesting towns folk, and this book had some good side characters. The ending was a bit weird, and I would have liked a bit more out it, but I still really enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading more books set in Thistle Bend.

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