Hello again, dear readers! We’re back with a release week blitz tour stop for No Better Man by Sara Richardson. We’ve got details about the book, including where to find it online, as well as an excerpt from No Better Man, plus you can read our review, see our rating, and find a link to a giveaway where 10 print copies of No Better Man are up for grabs. We’re also featuring a blurb for book two in Sara’s A Heart of the Rockies series.
Author: Sara Richardson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Page Count: 368 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Heart of the Rockies (Book #1)
Heat Level: Hot & Sizzling
Release Date: 5/26/2015
A Daring Proposition
When it comes to business, Avery King always comes out on top. So after a very public breakup, work is the perfect excuse to flee the Windy City for the gentle breezes of Aspen, Colorado. Her mission: acquire the land of a rundow29n mountain ranch. Avery expects an easy win . . . until she meets the rugged and irresistible rancher who won’t give up his property without a fight.
Bryce Walker is stunned by the stubborn beauty determined to get what she wants. But what she wants is his last connection to the life he used to have. Bryce has plans to return the ranch to its former glory and no way will he sell his family home. Yet the more time he spends with Avery, the more her sweet touch makes him forget his painful memories. Now Bryce must decide whether living in the past is worth losing his future . . .
“Charming, witty, and fun. There’s no better read. I enjoyed every word!” DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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Read on for an excerpt, book review and rating, and details on where to purchase No Better Man online, plus you can find a link to a rafflecopter giveaway for 10 print copies of No Better Man and also details about the second book in Sara Richardson’s A Heart of the Rockies series
From No Better Man:
Ah, hell. Not this. What was it with women, anyway? Why’d they have this burning desire to get to the bottom of absolutely every feeling they had? Why couldn’t they sit in silence, enjoy the scenery? “I don’t know you well enough to be upset with you,” he finally said, increasing his pressure on the gas pedal. The cops were notorious for pulling over speeders on this section through town, but tonight he was willing to risk it.
“Look.” Avery’s hands sliced the air in front of her. “I understand why you don’t want to sell. Trust me. I get it.”
Ha. Trust her. He didn’t trust her any more than he trusted her father. At the end of the day, she worked for the infamous Edward King. She might be smokin’ hot and nice, and, like she insisted, a good person, but she still had a job to do. He wouldn’t forget that.
Instead of answering, he leaned over and flicked on the radio. Nothing like a little Brad Paisley to tune out a woman.
Avery shot him a fiery look, topaz eyes blazing, lips thinned into a warning that tempted him to test her.
That didn’t help things. She looked even better when she got mad. His grip on the wheel tightened until his knuckles ached. Mom was right. He had to get out more. Start dating again. Any woman besides Avery King…
She hunched forward and fiddled with the radio until he could hardly hear Paisley. Fine. That was fine. Five more minutes and they’d be back at the ranch anyway. He’d be free of her.
“You need to listen to me, Bryce. Please.” She launched into yet another impassioned monologue about how selling the ranch could change his life.
Yeah, well. He’d had enough changes in his life over the last few years. So sue him if he wasn’t interested. She didn’t seem to pick up on his lack of concentration, though. She went on and on until he pulled the truck into the driveway and parked in front of the office.
“Are you listening to me?” She leaned over the console between them and got in his face, close enough that he could smell oranges, that he could trace the sexy curve of her upper lip with his tongue if he’d wanted to.
“Have you heard anything I’ve said?”
The throb started again, deep in his chest, invading his body until it occupied all of him.
“Seriously, Bryce this is—”
Screw it. He cupped his hand around the back of her head and roughly brought her lips to his, totally unprepared for the impact it would have. Shock waves coursed through him, unleashing a craving stronger than he’d ever felt.
Avery squeaked in surprise but he didn’t let up. Need thundered through him and it was a helluva lot louder than the logic he’d spent the last several hours beating into his thick skull. Her lips were soft and moist and everything he’d hungered for during the last three lonely years. He gentled a hand up into her hair. It felt like silk against his skin.
A small moan purred in her throat and her upper body relaxed, lips melding to his in a pulsating heat. She ran her hands up his chest, and that was all he needed. He bent forward, halfway over the console, gathering her closer, kissing her harder, deeper. If it wasn’t for that console, he’d pull her right into his lap…
“Wow. Just…wow,” she whispered against his lips.
He answered by parting her lips with his tongue. There. That’d take care of her chatting problem.
Avery gasped a sharp intake of air, her chest rising against his.
Taking it as an invitation, he commanded her with his lips, opening and closing them in a sensual rhythm. A dull ache resounded in his chest. God, he’d forgotten the depth of a kiss…
He shifted to get a better angle, more access, but that console…
She pulled back with a small smile, lips grazing his in a tease, then she pressed in again and proved that she could make out as well as she could talk.
A scratching sound scraped the window. Moose whined, then barked.
Great timing, as usual.
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *
No Better Man is a well-written, thoroughly addictive, and deeply magnetic read. Both main characters drew me in right away, as did the overall story. There’s just something about a man who has lost so much and is yet still determined to pick up the pieces of the life he’s got left, even if he doesn’t exactly know how and struggles to put it into action. I liked that about Bryce. I liked it a lot.
Bryce Walker is doing all he can to hold onto his family’s ranch and repair the reputation he destroyed two years ago. He knows it’s a long shot to fix the messes he’s made of his family’s legacy, but he can’t and won’t lose the last connection to his past. Which means the beautiful, stubborn Avery King and her bigwig father won’t be getting their claws into his property, despite how hard she pushes him to sell it to her.
Avery needs a distraction from her very public breakup and though she hadn’t planned to go to Aspen to make an offer on the Walker Mountain Ranch so soon, her unexpected, upturned personal life forces her to change her mind. And it’s a good thing she went early, too, because getting Bryce to agree to sell his property is a challenge she wasn’t fully prepared to face. A big challenge.
I seriously loved Bryce and Avery together. Though they’ve lived very different lives, they have very similar personal makeups, and they fit into the missing slots in each other so well that I was anxious for them to share their first kiss together. I was anxious to see how their romantic journey unfolded, too, and I loved it when it did. They made this a fun, fast-paced read I couldn’t put down.
This is a seriously fantastic read with enough setting and character details I could picture the scenes and the characters as I read. I highly recommend reading this one, and especially so if you like baseball, run-down ranches in need of repair, troubled heroes, determined heroines, and fun, well-meaning secondary characters. All set in the heart of the rockies…
Rating: 5 Stars
*Okie Dreams Top Pick*
10 print copies of No Better Man up for grabs
Something Like Love, Book #2 in Sara Richardson’s A Heart of the Rockies series, releases in October. You can read a blurb for the book, add it to your goodreads shelf, and find links to pre-order the book below…
IT’S GONNA BE A WILD RIDE
Ben Noble needs to do some damage control. Fast. His heart has always been in ranching, but there’s no escaping the spotlight on his high-powered political family. Now the only thing that can restore his reputation is a getaway to the fresh air of Aspen, Colorado. Not to mention that the trip gives Ben a second chance to impress a certain gorgeous mountain guide. But Paige Harper is nothing like the shy girl he remembers . . . she’s so much more.
Paige is serious about Ben, too: seriously annoyed that the playboy cowboy is using her mountain for his PR. Once upon a time, she fell for Ben’s aw-shucks charm, but the fairy tale didn’t end happily. Paige doesn’t intend to let down her guard again. But keeping their relationship all business and no pleasure may be harder than she thinks-especially if the moonlight, the Rockies, and a certain irresistible rancher have anything to say about it…
Releases on 10/27/2015