Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blast + Reviews and Giveaway: Somebody Like You and Nearest Thing to Heaven by Lynnette Austin

The question begs to be asked. Is there anything sexier than a cowboy?

Maverick Junction #1
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


Cash Hardeman thinks he’ll have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovers he might lose the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. So when Boston beauty Annelise blows into town on her Harley, Cash can't help wondering if she's the sexy, leather-clad answer to all his problems.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy comes to Maverick Junction on a mission to help her ailing grandfather. But keeping her identity hidden in the small Texas town is harder than she expected—especially around a tempting cowboy like Cash. He’s the kind of man who makes her want to spill all her secrets. Soon Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will the secrets they both keep ruin their plans to ride off into the sunset together?

4 stars

This book was really good. I really enjoy reading a good romance novel that involves cowboys, and this one lived up to my expectations. This book was realistic and believable, and not over-the-top like some romance novels can be. Yes, there were swoon-worthy moments in the book, but believable swoon-worthy moments.

Another thing that was great about this book was the characters. I liked Cash, and I liked Annelise, but Annelise was definitely my favorite because she was independent and strong-willed. They, along with the other characters in this book, were well-developed characters.

I would definitely recommend this book if you are into romance novels, because this book is really good.


Maverick Junction #2
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


Sophie London hates Texas. The longhorns freak her out and the wide-open spaces are more unnerving than a Chicago alleyway at night. But Sophie wouldn’t miss her cousin’s wedding for the world—even if it means returning to Maverick Junction . . . and to the dangerously irresistible Ty Rawlins.

A single father of rambunctious triplet boys, Ty knows trouble when he sees it—and Sophie’s got it written all over her. Yet he’s never been able to stop thinking about her, after their one brief meeting. Maybe fate is giving him a second chance. But if Ty wants Sophie to swap her stilettos for cowgirl boots, they’ll each have to face the past—together.

4 stars

I was contemplated giving this book 3 stars compared to 4. Why? Because I'm not really a fan of reading books where there is a single parent with children - I'm totally not opposed the idea, but it's typically not something I want to read in a book, and I don't know why.

Other than that personal issue with the book, this book was as great as the first book for me. And even though, I'm not a fan of a single parent in books, the relationship between Ty and his three sons was great. I also liked to see how Sophie develops a relationship with Ty and his sons. 

Again, this book like the first is realistic and believable, with that small touch of swoon-worthiness. And the characters are well-developed, and interesting.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loved the first book, or who loves romance novels, because this book was a great read.

Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.