Publication Date: October 11, 2016
The nice thing about receiving Advanced Reader Copies is that, obviously, you get them in advance and can associate a time and place, which will then have nothing whatsoever to do with when it’s published. Now that I got that mouthful of a sentence written it doesn’t strike me as a nice thing about ARCs at all.
I read this book while on vacation, but have been getting more sensible about publishing my reviews until closer to the actual publication date of the book (so that if you are interested in the book, you won’t have forgotten about it by the time it’s published). While it was warm and sunny for me, you won’t be seeing this review until September and then the book is published in October and let’s face it. It has pretty much stopped being a beach read at that point.
Very long story short: this was one of the ultimate beach reads for me, literally. Hopefully you can find an equally nice time to read this–perhaps in front of a fire with a cup of tea?
Alexis Maguire’s fiancé jilts her two weeks before the wedding via letter. This isn’t the first time that this type of thing has happened Alexis. While not weddings, there were numerous dances throughout high school where she was invited and then the guy bailed in order to take another girl. She decided it was a curse. She was good enough for now while the guy looked for someone better, someone more interesting. But that’s about to change, because she’s going to a ranch in Montana for the summer as Lexi 2.0 and she is going to be adventuresome.
Gunnar Peterson, a former Army brat, found home years ago when his father was stationed in Montana and he always vowed that he would make it his own and has. He trains horses and is happy with the way his life is going.
Lexi and Gunnar really made this novel for me. I found them very credible and endearing and there were many sweet (and sexy) scenes between them as well. Neither are particularly fiery, but gentle and kind and sometimes that’s just the type of romance you want to read. Simple and sweet. However, I don’t want to mislead you into thinking there isn’t a real story attached–if you’ve read my previous reviews of romance novels, you know that I am geared toward ones that have a real story attached.
I was charmed by Lexi’s misadventures and how Gunnar understood her and her need to try new adventures. The obstacle between them is real and not just a misunderstanding.
I should warn you though that this is number four in the series. I haven’t read the others, but hope, as I backtrack through them, that they are as enjoyable as this one with as much body and warmth.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
rating: (4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies)