Author: Tracy March
Rating: 4 stars
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Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: 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.
Review: The made up town of Thistle Bend sounds heavenly, especially the cinnamon rolls at Calypso Coffee! If only I could get on the online store of the Montgomery ladies and order some. I love when food becomes part of a story, as well as the town, and this story comes complete with surround sound gorgeous scenery and yummy food to boot. So get your appetite settled before you start reading or you’ll be like me, starving for a cinnamon roll at 8:00 at night!
When the Lodge at Wild Rose was first planned, it caused disruption in the town of Thistle Bend, Colorado almost immediately. There were those who wanted it and those who were violently against it…. and were proven right. It was a nightmare from start to finish, with every step either being mismanaged or outright crooked. Unfortunately for Holly Birdsong’s family, the disaster of the Lodge had a more personal cost. Her grandmother’s death stemmed from all the anxiety she was under.
So when Bryce Bennett shows up in town to redo the place, it causes a lot of controversy–especially after he asks Holly to be his real estate attorney. She’s really attracted to him and she wants to help him, but it’s going to cause her grandfather so much pain to have the Lodge be in the news again. Is it possible that rebuilding the place and making it a success could be cathartic?
Bryce Bennet had no idea of the bad juju behind the Lodge. He’d just wanted to make it successful. He’s also got a pretty spectacular secret reason he’s trying to fix it up as well. One that could shatter Holly’s trust in him when she finds out. Could it be possible to get her to like him before he told her so that they’d have a chance? He thinks she might be “the one” for him and he doesn’t want to risk her leaving him in the dust…but how can he continue to keep the secret from her?
Great romance with a lot of drama and a wonderful small hometown feel to it. You’ll enjoy the visceral feel of this great Colorado place! Read it and enjoy this summer!