Read: September 2015
Format: Kindle Ebook
My Book Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Should’ve Said No is exactly the type of romance I enjoy reading. It’s clean, you know there’s going to be a happy ending, the characters are easy to like, and there’s an actual plot – not just relationship drama!
After losing her job at the Smithsonian, Lindsey takes a job as a museum curator in the small town of Thistle Bend, Colorado. Moving from D.C. to this tiny town is a bit of a culture shock for her, but she makes the best of it, knowing she’ll be out of there within a year or so.
Carden is basically a dream boat. Not only is he extremely successful and one of the most eligible bachelors in Colorado, he’s also immensely generous, helping out anyone who needs it, despite his obligations to his career and the ranch he runs. When Lindsey first meets Carden, he’s taking care of some last minute fixes in the house she’s renting and she mistakes him for a handyman. He’s absolutely gorgeous, but Lindsey doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, doesn’t want to put down roots.
Another reason Lindsey knows she can’t be with Carden, despite the sparks that are flying, is the family feud. Carden’s family has been feuding over a land deal that happened over a hundred years ago, with Lindsey’s family. Well, her family by marriage anyway – her aunts marriage into the other family involved in the feud. Nobody knows that Lindsey is connected to one of the families, and as curator to the museum, it’s her job to try and find the truth of what really happened in that land deal and hopefully put the feud to rest once and for all.
I enjoyed trying to guess what really happened all those years ago along with Lindsey as she dug up the clues. She was a strong, independent woman who knew what she wanted. I often dislike the heroine’s in romance novels because their main focus is getting the man. That’s absolutely not the case here. And, if I don’t hate the heroine, I hate the hero. But I didn’t hate Carden either. They were both well developed, interesting characters.
This is absolutely an enjoyable read and I most definitely recommend it. I’ll be looking for more from Tracy March in the future!