Finally, today I get to share Wild Iris Ridge with everyone. If you haven’t read any of Thayne’s books you are missing out …
by RaeAnne Thayne
Release: July 2014
Imprint: Harlequin HQN
A big-city, high-powered advertising executive and a small-town firefighter learn that no matter where you started or what you’ve lost, if you open your heart, you can find joy and love again. WILD IRIS RIDGE is the latest book inUSA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Hope’s Crossing series.
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 Jesse’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 smoldering…
USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. This led her to a fifteen-year career in journalismas a newspaper reporter and editor. But through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best, romance, and has since published more than 40 titles. RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children.
I started the Hope’s Crossing series with book 5, Willowleaf Lane, and I definitely think I missed out by not having read the first four. Willowleaf Lane, Christmas in Snowflake Canyon, and now Wild Iris Ridge have to be some of my favorite stories – the characters are so real, the plots are touching, and the writing is so smooth. I sit down and before I know it hours have passed, and I’m always a little sad when I come to the end.
Although logically it doesn’t make a lot of sense, I understand the emotional reaction that Lucy has to Brendan. Her family history added to what happened after their very brief romantic encounter definitely makes it difficult for her to deal with him in anything but an emotional way. Mix in her current crisis and she’s a bit of a mess.
Brendan is finally starting to dig himself out of the hole left when his wife died suddenly. He’s amazingly strong, and has a great support system, and his family is much better off because of it. They easily could have slid into disaster but he’s done a great job of keeping everything together … only to have Lucy shake it all up again.
I enjoyed seeing Lucy find a path that works for her now, develop a stronger relationship with her sister, and discover the love of Hope’s Crossing again. It’s such a fantastic little town and the characters are so enjoyable. And while it is great seeing how everyone fits together, Brendan and Lucy spend a good portion of it apart (most of the time on purpose as they avoid each other and their feelings). My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction directly between the two. They have the history but I think we needed to see just a little bit more of the two of them together now, especially with some of their dirty laundry aired and the chance at moving forward in a more positive way. Just a few more interactions between the two would have made me happy.
A small town full of warmth and heart, characters that you would love to call friends, touching family drama and a sweet second chance romance makes Wild Iris Ridge the perfect read for romance lovers everywhere.
(Although this is the last to be set in Hope’s Crossing, I read somewhere that Thayne is going to move to a new town but the first story will include Brendan’s brother Aiden, whose story I am so looking forward to. I’m super excited to get the chance to meet new characters to love.)
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