Thursday, April 17, 2014


"Funny, sassy, and sexy. Reading Shannon Richard is pure pleasure!" -Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

THEIR LOVE WAS UNDENIABLEGrace King knows two things for certain: she loves working at her grandmother's café and she loves the hunky town sheriff. She always has. As she bakes him sweet treats, Grace fantasizes about helping him work up an appetite all night long. But whenever she thinks she's finally getting somewhere, he whips out some excuse to escape. Growing up, he never looked twice at her. Now Grace won't rest until she has Jax's undivided attention.

Jaxson Anderson can't deny that his best friend's kid sister is the sexiest woman in Mirabelle, Florida. Unwilling to burden Grace with his painful past, Jax keeps the sassy blonde at arm's length. Yet one heated kiss crumbles all of his carefully built defenses. But when a town secret surfaces, threatening to destroy everything they believe in, can the man who defended Grace from bullies as a child protect her now?

Paperback400 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Forever Yours
Source: Received from publisher via Netgalley for review/Purchased
Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Our Review---

Somehow I managed to start this series by reading book 2...not quite sure how that happened but C'est La Vie. Yeah, I was worried at first! The good news is that you don't need to read book 1 to be able to enjoy book 2. Good news! The backgrounds of our all major characters are seamlessly woven in and it was easy to follow how each person was connected. In the case of Grace and Jax it seems like they've always been connected; it just took Jax a while to get his head together and realize that this connection was one they both needed, wanted, and deserved. While he's trying to figure all of this out, there are crimes that must be dealt with, asshole gossipy townspeople, and other shenanigans that keep Grace and Jax busy. The gossipy townspeople are awful! Especially that one lady giving bloggers everywhere a bad name by posting the people she dislikes dirty laundry all over the place. Scary. And gross. Hated that chick. 

This novel series is detailed and while it's not covering any new ground, it's a comfortable read. The characters feel familiar and easy to relate to. Right. At some points the details and character introductions (there were a lot) were a bit overwhelming for me...but the base of the story was fun and enjoyable...I think I just had to get used to it and my like for the book grew as I read. I am, however, excited to see who the next book in the Country Roads series is about...and know that writing gets stronger with every single book published, so I look forward to that as well. 

Shelley: 3 Stars
Courtney: 3 Stars

---About the Author---
Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in English literature and still lives in Tallahassee, where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

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