Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ARC Book review: Let It Ride (Thompson & Sons #3) by Vivian Arend

Available 5/19/2015
eARC provided by author

He’s her rock in the midst of the storm

When Maggie Ward’s world is torn apart by sudden tragedy, the only thing that makes her days bearable is Clay Thompson’s unwavering presence. He’s protective, caring, and everything she could ask for in a friend. But when she finds herself longing for more than friendship, it will take a little seduction to convince the stubborn mechanic she’s ready to start living again.

She’s his heart, whether he knows it or not

Clay Thompson’s got the taking-care-of-others business down pat, only he’s never faced this particular challenge before—the one woman he’s always wanted is unexpectedly his to care for. Suddenly it’s not just responsibility driving him, but a wild desire to make Maggie truly his. But following his heart might mean sacrificing the family he’s held together for years.

If you have been reading this series you must like those Thompsons. Clay Thompson finds himself in a good place and a bad place at the same time in the 3rd book in this series. This one might be a little hard to read at times for a variety of reasons. Maggie Ward was on Clay's radar years ago until family obligations left him no time for looking at girls and only responsibility. Years later Clay finds he's still attracted to Maggie and her husband is one of his best friends. When a tragic accident on icy roads takes his friends life and leaves Maggie alone and vulnerable Clay is there. He works hard at just being a friend to her but there is always that edge of attraction that sparks between them. Guilt is something that can weigh heavy on people and even though Clay is feeling it for wanting his  deceased friends wife he doesn't want Maggie to feel it at all so he tries hard to just be the friend she needs. Maggie feels it too and although she is happy to have his friendship at some point she wants more. Once they let it be known the attraction is mutual it's a slippery slope when someone close to Clay doesn't approve. This one is hard. On one hand Maggie just lost her husband a man  it is clear she loved deeply. How d,o you honor that without losing yourself to loneliness? In some people's minds maybe four months isn't enough to mourn but is it? I think you have to be in those shoes to know. Then there is guilt. Guilt is something that can come into play here for many reasons. Clay and Maggie both have some and have to work there way through it. I don't think Maggie's husband would want her alone and i think having his friend be there to take care of her would be something he might want.  I enjoyed the story immensely and in between the romance there was some questions i had to ask myself but in the end i was satisfied with the ending chosen by the author.  I do love those Thompsons!

Find out more about the Thompson and Sons series here www.vivianarend.com

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