Review: SHOULD’VE SAID NO by Tracy March

A story of star-struck lovers caught between feuding families. Will they have to deny their feelings for loyalty of family?  Will they have a choice?

25051866Title: Should’ve Said No, A Thistle Bend Novel, book 1
Author: Tracy March
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Story Setting: Thistle Bend, Colorado (an imaginary small town you’ll simply love)
Pages: 225
Published by: Loveswept
Published Date: November 24, 2015
Sold by: Random House LLC

A Thistle Bend Novel Series (ecopy purchase link):
Should’ve Said No
Just Say Maybe
Could’ve Said Yes

About the Story:

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.

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4-Star Review


My Thoughts:  Tract March is a new author to me, so I didn’t know what to expect from her writing.,  That being said, I wasn’t disappointed.  Her characters are nicely flawed, making a match made in heaven quite believable. But like any good story, many challenges, complicating life and its wished-for simplicity, gave the story appeal.

I liked Lindsey right off.  She is strong, yet sweet, unspoiled by her past life in the big city and her job at the Smithsonian.  Perhaps being out of work for a year, and dropped by her hot boyfriend in D.C, made it easier for her to accept the job of curator in a small town. Being the young woman she was, she found the town quaint and rather cute, nature absolutely breathtaking, the people warm and friendly, her job of creating a museum for the history of the town an interesting challenge.  A challenge?  You bet!  She had to prove herself so she could land another job back in D.C., they place she belonged.

Other forces are at work in this small town making her job even a greater challenge. Two families, feuding for 130 years want to influence Lindsey to ‘write’ history the way they each see it.  It was up to Lindsey to find the truth. Would the truth destroy her profession? To make the situation more tense, Lindsey is related to one of the feuding families (the town doesn’t know), and Carden Crenshaw, the guy she’s falling for, is related to the second feuding family. Talk about caught between a rock and hard place! This could all blow up in her face and consequently, her professional reputation would be ruined.

Carden Crenshaw is a hardworking, wealthy, drop-dead gorgeous guy. He also likes to fix things as a hobby and does a lot of it in town. He is asked to do some maintenance work on the cottage Lindsey is renting for six months. When Lindsey arrives, he is busy working on the lights.  Did I mention Lindsey is equally gorgeous?  Carden definitely thought so.  Sparks fly immediately, each attracted to the other, but fear of relationships keeps them apart.  Well, sort of apart.  They both had trouble staying away from each other.  Carden kept thinking of ways just to be with her.

Secondary characters are very engaging. There are two little ‘ole ladies you’ll fall in love with. Holly seems like a really nice gal.   I’m looking forward to hear their stories in the coming books of the series.

This is a sweet read, highlighting the simple life of a small town.  It’s one of those reads which leaves you feeling like a cat who has finished a bowl of cream—extremely satisfied with its contents.

Tracy MarchAbout the Author: Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers and lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Sign up for Tracy’s newsletter at for exciting updates and exclusive subscriber giveaways. While you’re there, treat yourself to ASK ME AGAIN, a FREE ebook previewing her Thistle Bend contemporary romance series that began with SHOULD’VE SAID NO, a Harlequin Junkie Top Pick. JUST SAY MAYBE, also a Harlequin Junkie Top Pick, is Tracy’s most recent release in the series, with COULD’VE SAID YES following in October 2016.

Also check out Tracy’s Suddenly Smitten contemporary romance series including THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL, TEMPTED IN THE TROPICS (both RT Book Reviews Top Picks), and THE MARRIAGE MATCH (a #1 Amazon Bestseller in Romance). If you prefer sexy suspense, pick up her romantic thriller, A SHOT OF RED, a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, hiking in the Rockies, 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.

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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