Just Say Maybe by Tracy March is a sweet romance. I love March’s books, whether they are contemporary romance or romantic suspense. I just adore her writing so I was all in on this book before I even read the blurb! If you are looking for a book that will provide you with a solid romantic story, a touch of a mystery and a feeling of homecoming with the town of Thistle Bend, this is the story for you.
Holly is a real estate lawyer in her home town of Thistle Bend and Bryce is from out of town who wants to purchase a rundown lodge that has done nothing but cause grief for the community. The town was against him from the beginning but Holly was willing to give him a try not only professionally but personally.
I so loved the way Bryce and Holly meet for the first and second time. It was priceless. It sets up their relationship journey nicely. Each of them are characters that you just like from the beginning. They are independent, confident and established in their lives. Their relationship is playful and fun and realistic. Bryce and Holly have both gotten out of bad relationships so there are some doubts, but they are understandable. The romance was slow and steady – one you would picture in real life. They have so much in common I wanted them together from the start. March weaves the romance into the story very well.
Just Say Maybe has a bit of a mystery plot. It isn’t one you expect in a contemporary romance but it worked. I love romantic suspense so reading a contemporary romance with a bit of a suspense plot was awesome! It was fun to see how the mystery unraveled and how it involved people we have already met in Thistle Bend in the previous book – Should’ve Said No. Speaking of characters from previous books, I love a series because we don’t have to let characters go. Lindsey was the heroine in Should’ve Said No and it was so much fun to see her in Just Say Maybe.
If there is one complaint I have about this story, it is that I felt the conflict between Bryce and Holly was rather abrupt. After getting to know the characters well, it seemed Holly and her Grandfather jumped the gun on their reactions to Bryce when I expected them to talk it through more on the spot and get the facts. As I continued reading, it worked out and was explained better in Holly’s point of view, but it surprised me a bit and caused me to reread some lines just to make sure I understood everything correctly in that particular scene.
The ending to Just Say Maybe was perfect for the story. March writes great characters and original plots. If you are looking for a solid contemporary romance, give Just Say Maybe a try!
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About the Book:
Author: Tracy March
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley
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.