Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…
And it’s likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan’s late wife, Jessie—and Lucy’s best friend—who’d brought them together in the first place. And since Jessie’s passing, Brendan’s been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he’ll steer clear of her. She’s always been trouble with a capital T.
Lucy couldn’t wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she’s back in Hope’s Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she’d managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smouldering…
RaeAnne Thayne writes really good small town romances. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by her, and Wild Iris Ridge was no exception.
One thing to note: this is the seventh book in a series. I haven’t read the other books, and there were definitely characters other readers will be more familiar with. It didn’t ruin my reading, but I think you’d get more out of the book if you read in order!
I liked the setup for the relationship in this one. Hero and heroine shared a kiss years earlier, and while Lucy thought it was the beginning of something more, a few weeks later she discovered Brendan had not only started seeing someone else, but that the someone else was her cousin and best friend.
Now the other woman is dead and there’s a lot of animosity between Lucy and Brendan. They have things to explain and to work through.
I liked that Brendan was the family man. It can become a bit tiring always reading about commitment-phobic men!
I like the way Thayne captures the small town atmosphere, the way she writes her characters (they don’t act too old-fashioned to be believable, like many in this genre tend to be). I like the situations she comes up with to put her characters in. She’s basically just an extremely consistent writer.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.