Should've Said No

Thistle Bend

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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.

Praise for Should’ve Said No
 
“A wonderful story of family, honor, trust, and generations of unexpected secrets . . . Escape to the quaint mountain town of Thistle Bend, Colorado, where there’s serious sizzle between a local boy and the new gal in town.”USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle

Should’ve Said No is a sweet modern-day Hatfield-and-McCoy story filled with tenderness, passion, and a good dose of sass. Tracy March’s town of Thistle Bend, and every one of its wonderfully quirky characters, made this charming story a pleasure to read!”USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor, warmth, and an old-fashioned family feud.”—Zoe Dawson, author of Leaving Yesterday

Should’ve Said No is a sweet story, a great palate cleanser and an easy read that was just enough to pull me out of a book funk.”Scandalicious
 
“Well written [and] incredibly relatable.”—Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
 
Should’ve Said No was a good read and has me interested in seeing what else the Thistle Bend series has to offer in the future.”—Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
 
“This book reminded me of a modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet with a great added twist of mystery that kept me wanting more.”—booklovercircumspect4
 
“I loved the story line, the pace of the story and the eclectic cast of secondary characters. I am a shoo-in for the rest of the series—can’t wait!”—Books Laid Bare
 
“Readers can curl up with Should’ve Said No secure in the knowledge that they are in for an escapist romantic read and a happily-ever-after ending.”—Read Rate Review

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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About the author

Award-winning author Tracy March writes contemporary romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after. Always up for travel and adventure, she has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled along the Continental Divide, zip-lined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Washington Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without craving pizza. Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband, who works for NASA.
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Publisher
Loveswept
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Published on
Nov 24, 2015
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Pages
223
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ISBN
9781101884997
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Award-winning author Tracy March follows up Should’ve Said No (“Wonderfully quirky . . . a pleasure to read!”—Laura Drewry) with this enchanting novel set in Thistle Bend, Colorado, a magical place where old wrongs are righted, and adventure leads to true love.
 
Real estate lawyer Holly Birdsong’s hike in the Rockies takes an unexpected turn when a smokin’-hot stranger tumbles off his bike and into her path. Turns out he’s purchasing the abandoned Lodge at Wild Rose Ridge, and Holly agrees to take him on as a client—despite her family’s traumatic history with the previous owner, who shamelessly abused the town’s goodwill at every turn. But when their professional relationship turns personal, Holly must reconcile the past with her hopes for the future.
 
Adding the rustic lodge to his portfolio of adventure properties isn’t just a business decision for Bryce Bennett. The rugged mountains also offer a killer setting for his extreme-sports camps for at-risk teens. What’s not in the blueprints is finding a kindred spirit in his irresistible lawyer, even if she seems apprehensive about getting involved in the deal. Bryce’s plan to ease her mind just might work, as long as no one discovers his secret. Yet he can’t stand hiding the truth from the woman who makes him want to build something permanent: a happily ever after.
 
Praise for Just Say Maybe
 
“A heartwarming story about second chances and two people learning to trust in love again!”—USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan

“Funny and heartfelt, Just Say Maybe is beautifully sweet, touching, and flirty, with a loveable cast of characters and a setting that’ll make you wish you lived in Thistle Bend too!”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“Just Say Maybe has it all. This story is filled with small-town charm and an engaging hero and heroine who might just be perfect for each other if they can overcome the wrongs of the past. Plus, there’s a mystery to solve that’s almost as exciting as watching Bryce and Holly fall for each other.”—Laura Moore, author of Once Touched

“March writes great characters and original plots. If you are looking for a solid contemporary romance, give Just Say Maybe a try!”—So Many Reads
 
“Just Say Maybe was well written and solidly plotted. Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down.”—Reading Between the Wines Book Club
 
“With two good reads, I’m looking forward to book three in October. Four stars for Just Say Maybe.”—Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
 
“Those who like traditional contemporary romances will enjoy this book.”—Caroline Andrus
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The truth paves a path for a second chance at love in a captivating Thistle Bend novel from the award-winning author of Should’ve Said No (“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor and warmth.”—Zoe Dawson).

Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.

After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.

Praise for Could've Said Yes

“The rustic setting of Colorado once again provides a breathtaking backdrop for [Tracy] March’s small-town romances.”—Library Journal

“I enjoyed this one so much, and I believe you will too.”—Keeper Bookshelf

“I would highly recommend Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March if you enjoy second-chance romances.”—Harlequin Junkie

“I enjoyed this delightful, sweet, and steamy romance as much as I enjoyed this storybook sounding community. Ms. March’s writing was easy to follow, engaging, and richly descriptive. I look forward to a return trip to this picturesque community – hopefully soon.”—Books and Bindings

“Could’ve Said Yes was a sweet and entertaining romance and I look forward to checking out more from this author in the future.”—Once Upon a Book Blog

“If you are looking for an extraordinary romance with a unique plot, captivating characters and a small town romance that will have your toes curling, give Could’ve Said Yes a read.”—So Many Reads

“Tracy March does it again with her final Thistle Bend novel! Could’ve Said Yes is charming, smart and sexy, complete with a swoon-worthy hero, a heroine you can’t help but root for, and all the marvelously unique characters you’ve come to love in this series.”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“Could’ve Said Yes is filled with Tracy March’s signature small-town charm and warmth. Returning to Thistle Bend is always a treat!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Return to Briarwood series

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “Don’t miss this sparkling debut full of heart and emotion!” raves Lori Wilde. The Hero’s Welcome military romance series introduces a small coastal town where America’s best and brightest risk everything for love.
 
In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.
 
As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.

Praise for Welcome to Forever
 
“Welcome to Forever is a beautiful and touching story of love and loss that will grab you by the heart and hold on long after you’ve finished reading.”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry
 
“A wonderfully written debut novel that had me fighting back tears and rooting for the couple from the first page. Annie Rains is an author to watch. I can’t wait for more!”—USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston
 
“Emotional, heartwarming and completely engaging . . . I highly recommend this one to those looking for a contemporary romance that was realistic instead of angst-filled, with characters who are likable and so deserving of a happy ending.”—Girl Plus Books
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Award-winning author Tracy March follows up Should’ve Said No (“Wonderfully quirky . . . a pleasure to read!”—Laura Drewry) with this enchanting novel set in Thistle Bend, Colorado, a magical place where old wrongs are righted, and adventure leads to true love.
 
Real estate lawyer Holly Birdsong’s hike in the Rockies takes an unexpected turn when a smokin’-hot stranger tumbles off his bike and into her path. Turns out he’s purchasing the abandoned Lodge at Wild Rose Ridge, and Holly agrees to take him on as a client—despite her family’s traumatic history with the previous owner, who shamelessly abused the town’s goodwill at every turn. But when their professional relationship turns personal, Holly must reconcile the past with her hopes for the future.
 
Adding the rustic lodge to his portfolio of adventure properties isn’t just a business decision for Bryce Bennett. The rugged mountains also offer a killer setting for his extreme-sports camps for at-risk teens. What’s not in the blueprints is finding a kindred spirit in his irresistible lawyer, even if she seems apprehensive about getting involved in the deal. Bryce’s plan to ease her mind just might work, as long as no one discovers his secret. Yet he can’t stand hiding the truth from the woman who makes him want to build something permanent: a happily ever after.
 
Praise for Just Say Maybe
 
“A heartwarming story about second chances and two people learning to trust in love again!”—USA Today bestselling author Alexis Morgan

“Funny and heartfelt, Just Say Maybe is beautifully sweet, touching, and flirty, with a loveable cast of characters and a setting that’ll make you wish you lived in Thistle Bend too!”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“Just Say Maybe has it all. This story is filled with small-town charm and an engaging hero and heroine who might just be perfect for each other if they can overcome the wrongs of the past. Plus, there’s a mystery to solve that’s almost as exciting as watching Bryce and Holly fall for each other.”—Laura Moore, author of Once Touched

“March writes great characters and original plots. If you are looking for a solid contemporary romance, give Just Say Maybe a try!”—So Many Reads
 
“Just Say Maybe was well written and solidly plotted. Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down.”—Reading Between the Wines Book Club
 
“With two good reads, I’m looking forward to book three in October. Four stars for Just Say Maybe.”—Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
 
“Those who like traditional contemporary romances will enjoy this book.”—Caroline Andrus
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The truth paves a path for a second chance at love in a captivating Thistle Bend novel from the award-winning author of Should’ve Said No (“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor and warmth.”—Zoe Dawson).

Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.

After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.

Praise for Could've Said Yes

“The rustic setting of Colorado once again provides a breathtaking backdrop for [Tracy] March’s small-town romances.”—Library Journal

“I enjoyed this one so much, and I believe you will too.”—Keeper Bookshelf

“I would highly recommend Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March if you enjoy second-chance romances.”—Harlequin Junkie

“I enjoyed this delightful, sweet, and steamy romance as much as I enjoyed this storybook sounding community. Ms. March’s writing was easy to follow, engaging, and richly descriptive. I look forward to a return trip to this picturesque community – hopefully soon.”—Books and Bindings

“Could’ve Said Yes was a sweet and entertaining romance and I look forward to checking out more from this author in the future.”—Once Upon a Book Blog

“If you are looking for an extraordinary romance with a unique plot, captivating characters and a small town romance that will have your toes curling, give Could’ve Said Yes a read.”—So Many Reads

“Tracy March does it again with her final Thistle Bend novel! Could’ve Said Yes is charming, smart and sexy, complete with a swoon-worthy hero, a heroine you can’t help but root for, and all the marvelously unique characters you’ve come to love in this series.”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“Could’ve Said Yes is filled with Tracy March’s signature small-town charm and warmth. Returning to Thistle Bend is always a treat!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Return to Briarwood series

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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