Why did I want to read it?
It’s Sarah Mayberry. And I’ll read everything this woman writes. lol 🙂 I know that I am anticipating her next self-published work the most but I’m glad that she’s given us this sweet-looking story in the Montana Born series.
What worked for me?
I’ve ‘met’ Beau and Lily in Sarah Mayberry’s previous Montana book, Make-Believe Wedding, and I knew there was something brewing between those two. All that antagonism or forced indifference does not come from nothing. And what do you know? It totally did not come from nothing. In fact, it came from everything, everything these two are trying so hard to deny and hide.
I love the fact that these two are strongly attracted to each other against their will or better judgment. With that kind of set-up, I love all that tension brewing just below the surface until reveal time.
I also appreciate how they listen to each other. Beyond the silent treatment and the pulling away from temptation decisions they’ve made about each other in the past, when they do find themselves spending time together, it was sweet that they have each other to talk to, to share their thoughts with.
I do appreciate the little suspense and action that we got in the book. Strong bonds are also formed under these kinds of life-altering situations.
What did not work for me?
I do love reading Beau and Lily’s story. But somewhere along the way, I kept commenting in my head that it was lacking that Sarah Mayberry magic. I can’t pinpoint exactly where it didn’t sit as perfectly with me as her other books. Maybe it was because there was something uneven about the flow of the story. I would have loved it more if I knew more about Lily, more about Beau. I knew them but it also felt like I needed to know more in order to connect to them more.
My over-all take on it?
This was still an enjoyable Sarah Mayberry book. I still enjoy reading her characters but I would have loved to know more about them. Of course the steamy scenes are always steamy and the chemistry between the characters is always there. This is the first in the multi-author series and I’m wondering whether to check out the other bachelors auctioned that night as well. *wink wink*
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.
She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.
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More Sarah Mayberry on the blog:
Make-Believe Wedding (Montana Born Brides)
Almost A Bride (Montana Born Books)
Have you read any of Sarah Mayberry’s books? Do you enjoy reading forbidden (sort-of) romances? Do you have other books with the same trope that you enjoyed reading?