When Love Happens
Ribbon Ridge # 3
By: Darcy Burke
Releasing May 26th, 2015
In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long...
Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.
After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.
Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.
This was the first book I have read of the series, and I fell in love with the Archer family. The unique bond they have, the love and support they give to each other, and how they call on any stupidity and apathy from each other. The family is in despair, one of their own, Alex, had killed himself. I think the suicide aspect was dealt well in the book. The different ways the family members dealt with the pain, loss and sorrow was evident.
Tori didn't deal with the loss of her brother that well. She withdrew from feeling anything, submerged in her work. Mostly, she wanted to forget she ever married Sean, planning on asking for divorce, without even trying to make their relationship to work. She was acting out, and even used other people to gain her goal. She is very unlikable through most of the story. She realizes this herself, but still continues to be rather self centered, spoiled and rude. She does come through at the end, but it seemed a bit over the top after her previous behavior.
Sean is so solid, he is loyal, kind, understanding, and has more patience than anyone should. He supports his parents financially to give them a better life, he works in an uncomfortable and difficult environment under horrid leadership. But he makes the best of it all. And he loves Tori, would be there for her if she allowed it.
The chemistry between them was there, but there was lots of uncertainty, doubt, and angst around it, making it rather realistic, and real.
Overall, I felt the story was heartbreaking, the mourning of Alex, and the consequences his death had on the family members was sad. The journey towards healing wasn't easy, especially to Tori and her parents. I liked how the family pulls together, even tighter at the end, and how open armed they accept Sean. Sean with his stellar personality was the star of the story.
~ Three Spoons
Meet the author:
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
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