Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Jove
Released on March 25, 2014
A hardworking rancher allows a movie company on his ranch and the actress is determined to break through his indifference in this easy flowing opposites attract romance. I read the first book and enjoyed the setting, pace, development and characters so I was delighted to pick up this second book featuring the brother of the hero from book one. They follow each other well, but could be read out of order in a pinch.
The story begins with Logan McCormack allowing a production company to make a movie out in the far corner of his land because the money wouldn’t hurt and he doesn’t have to have anything to do with the fuss. Unfortunately, Martha, his longtime family cook and housekeeper has other ideas. She’s a huge fan and this is a chance in a lifetime so Logan finds himself at the movie set checking things out to report back to Martha and he encounters the star actress. Desiree Jenkins isn’t quite what he imagined a glamorous Hollywood A-list actress would be like, but she still spells trouble. Logan doesn’t do relationships and he definitely doesn’t want to tangle even a little with someone like Des. Only Des doesn’t let him cold-shoulder her and withdraw. She pushes into his space and goes after him so that he gives into his attraction. Only, where could this possibly lead with him running his ranch and her jetting all over the place for her movies and having that lifestyle to hold up? It will end just like the ugly marriage of his dad and mom who didn’t suit each other’s lifestyles all over again that’s what.
Des Jenkins wanted to be an actress more than anything and she knows she should be so very grateful and thankful that she made it when thousands of others didn’t, but lately she feels that her life is missing something. After getting to know Logan and the ranch folk along with the wonderful people in Hope, she starts to get an inkling. Logan doesn’t make it easy on her, not that anything they start has a chance. Even if she saw a way through the barriers, Logan would still have to meet her half-way and she knows full well that is not something that he will do, not after the number his mom did on his dad and the family. Still, they do have something between them and Des has never felt that before in all her years of wandering…
Like book one, this one doesn’t get all excited or fast-paced or even overly dramatic; it just tells a gently-developing love story. Sometimes, that’s what I’m in the mood for and it had enough conflict and spark to keep it from being boring. The ranch and small town setting that includes the temporary movie set atmosphere were all a plus, but the best of course was the characters.
Logan and Des have strong connection and passion even if I wanted to smack Logan on the back of the head several times for his crankiness and need to push Des away out of fear that the past would repeat itself. I get why he was the way he was and it made sense that he would be cautious over their very different places in life, but he got mean about it. Still, Des was a strong gal that didn’t let him get away with it. She had her doubts and fears too, but she was so honest. I loved that about her.
[quote]When the bell rang, Des and Colt had to leave to get ready for their next scene. Colt was talking to Martha, and Des moved next to Logan. “You sure you’re okay about us coming to the ranch house for dinner?”
“Hey, I’m not the one cooking. If Martha wants you, consider yourself invited.”
“Still, I’d hate to intrude.”
“You’re already here on the land. A couple of extra people at the house won’t make any difference.”
She patted him on the chest. “That’s what I like about you, Logan. So warm and inviting.” She tilted her head back and he was caught again by her ever-changing eyes. “See you later.”
“What was that about?” Martha asked after Des and Colt left.
“I think she likes you.”
“I think she likes Colt.”
“And I think you know nothing about acting. Or women.”
“That much is true.”
- 20 Des and Logan from Hope Ignites[/quote]
As to the supporting characters, Martha and Ben at the ranch, Luke and Emma along with the other town folk and Des’ co-star Colt were all brilliant. They weren’t background, but vital in the scenes too.
I only had one small thing and that was because I felt the strong connectedness of friends and family in the story. Des was disconnected from hers and I was hoping to see a little of that side of things since it seemed a big deal and part of why she was the way she was. Oh, I know that not every family gets to restore its members and be whole that’s not realistic, but I guess I wanted to see at least an attempt instead of it being mentioned and then not brought up again.
All in all, fun and engaging in a relaxed way. Contemporary Small Town Opposites Attract Romance fans who like a bit of spice should give this one a go.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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