Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Should've Said No by Tracy Marsh (Thistle Bend #1)


Welcome to Thistle Bend! Perfect for fans of Susan Mallery, this charming series debut introduces a small town where old secrets are revealed—and wounded hearts are opened to new love.

A year after being laid off from the Smithsonian, Lindsey Simms says yes to a job offer as curator of a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado (population 1,519). It could be worse—and it is. Because the new museum has escalated a dispute between the Karlssons, Lindsey's relatives, and the Crenshaws, a blood feud which goes way back to a land deal that changed the fortunes of both families. Trying to stay objective, Lindsey can't tell anyone about her conflict of interest—especially not the ruggedly handsome handyman fixing up her cabin, who seems to be keeping secrets of his own.

Although he's the executive director of the family trust and one of Colorado's most eligible bachelors, Carden Crenshaw prefers getting his hands dirty in town and on his sprawling ranch. Staying busy has given him an excuse not to risk heartbreak, but getting to know the beautiful “museum lady” makes him reconsider. Little does he know, the heat between them will only add fuel to the fire—unless this unlikely couple can prove they're lovers, not fighters.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
My review:  Should've Said No by Tracy Marsh (Thistle Bend #1)
This is book one of the Thistle Bend series.  It did a good job introducing the community and some of the characters.  It made me want to come back and see what happens next.   The town of Thistle Bend wants a museum and people are willing to donate their personal family treasures to it.
 Lindsey Simms has been laid off from the Smithsonian for a year.  She was glad when her Great Aunt let her know about this job in Thistle Bend, Co.  After Lindsey got the job her Aunt told her not to tell anyone she was related to them
When Lindsey comes to town she soon finds out that their is a feud between two families about a big land transaction back generations ago.  Between the Crenshaws and the Karlssons.  They both want their family to be proven right in the museum.  Lindsey is a Karlsson.

Carden Crenshaw is head of his families trust,  runs a ranch, helps people when he can.  He wants to show Lindsey his family's story.  He does not like any of the Karlssons.

There is a rumor for generations that someone knows the truth about what really happened years ago.  Lindsey wants to find out.  She is getting pressure from both sides about the land grab.  She is also fighting her strong attraction to Carden.

I liked how it ended the conflict. Liked some of the characters and want to see more of them in the future. I did not like the love scenes and skipped over them.

I was given this ebook to read for free by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Should've Said No.

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