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Two old friends, a bachelor auction and a wedding in the mountains of Montana equals what turns out to be a romantic weekend and possibly the beginning of so much more.
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Bachelor Gavin Clark is determined to help Marietta reach its fundraising goal for the town’s hospital charity. So the handsome emergency physician is up for almost anything on his date with the lucky winning bidder.
Little did he know his former high school crush, Ally Beaumont, just so happened to be that lucky winner. Their date whisks them off to her friend’s destination wedding at a romantic, luxury ranch resort in the western Montana mountains and close quarters, a shared history, and a magical location push the two old friends into each other’s arms…
Is Gavin and Ally’s story just beginning, or will their romance end with the weekend?
It feels so good to be back in Marietta again with so many familiar places and faces – like dropping into a familiar location and meeting up with old friends and making new ones, too. I thoroughly enjoyed the bachelor auction series from last year and am so glad it is being revisited with a new auction, new good cause and great set of bachelors! I hope to read them all before too much longer but it was a real pleasure to start with this one as I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read by this highly talented author.
In this story, Gavin Clark is the emergency room physician that had the traumatic experience of failing to revive a child he knew well, the son of his school coach. After this he is trying to raise funds to enable a helipad to be installed at the hospital which is near his hometown of Marietta and the bachelor auction is one of the events organised as part of this. He and some of his friends are the bachelors who are being auctioned off in this good cause but he never anticipated his teen crush, Ally Beaumont, to be one of the bidders, let alone that she’d bid so highly to ensure she won. Neither did he imagine their date would be at a luxury ranch resort where her friend is marrying. They’ve never forgotten each other… their attraction is still mutual… will love find a way to bring them together to achieve their HEA or will fate, once more, step in to keep them apart?
With strong leading characters and a wealth of well developed secondary ones, this is a delightful Montana romance to escape into. It is well written, with plenty to keep the reader enthralled and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. It is an enthralling, well paced, second chance romance. In the past a lying peer tore them apart, is it time for them to overcome the past and move on to a future together? You’ll really just have to read it yourself to find out. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this novel to anyone who enjoys escaping into a brilliantly crafted novel set in a well developed community filled with superb characters to discover romance unfolding and developing, taking the reader along as they journey towards a potential HEA.
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Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic. When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs, and resides on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.
Jeanie has kindly answered my questions in an author interview which is also posted today here.
Ally glanced up to see the four bachelors looking down at the crowd from the landing above the main room. Damn they were hot, and each in their own way. But Gavin? There was something about him—strong, quiet, brilliant—the man had it all, and it was nicely wrapped up in a dark-haired, hazel-eyed, six-foot-four-inch package of gorgeousness.
There was a squeal from a table near the stage, and Ally saw Mandy Pryce and her mean-girl friends looking over the program and then glancing up at the landing. Jenny Gaston was with them, but she wasn’t looking at the guys. No, her wicked baby blues were trained right on Ally. Honestly, considering the trouble she caused, Ally was surprised Jenny even made eye contact. But always having more nerve than conscience, Jenny was behaving as she always had—like an entitled brat. She lied and manipulated people to get close to Gavin, and Jenny didn’t care who was hurt in the process.
Looking up at the guys one more time, Gavin was surveying the crowd, and Ally’s breath caught just taking him in. He was thirty-one to her twenty-nine, and once upon a time she’d dreamed of being with him forever.
Gavin had that effect on women. He was probably doing it right now, without even knowing it, casting his spell over the crowd. Ally—practical, focused Ally—was falling deep into the romantic well. Just looking at Gavin made her ache.
Some things never changed.
Without warning, Gavin turned his head and his eyes locked on hers. He froze. She could see his posture go rigid right where he stood. His face, stony and hard to read, made Ally reconsider her entire plan.
The last thing she needed was an angry cowboy on her hands.
No. She couldn’t second guess herself.
Ally needed him, and there was no one else she could trust to play a convincing boyfriend, while keeping things platonic between them.
He was still staring at her, and in the excitement of the moment, she smiled at him. She couldn’t help it.
The problem was he didn’t smile back.
ollars. Do I hear five thousand-five hundred?”
“Ten thousand,” came Jenny’s response.
Ooohs and ahhs rose from the crowd.
Many thanks to Barclay Publicity for organising this tour, providing support materials for this post and an ARC of the novel for me to read in exchange for my honest review.
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