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- Publication Date: February 16, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BH34Y74
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"I felt the anger and the heartbreak, the pain and the sorrow....DL Roan did an excellent job at delivering the words in such a fashion that you could feel exactly what was going on at the time. No guessing....wonderful writing! I loved it!" ~ HEA Bookshelf
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Book #1: The McLendon Family Saga
My Rating: 4/5 stars
All Claira Robbins wants from life is safety and security. She’s known precious little of either in her short life and she’s desperately hoping the most recent move will be her last. She has a cute little cottage home, a new job teaching at an exclusive Academy, and hope that she’s finally far enough away from her past to be able to enjoy her fresh start.
All the McLendon brothers want is to be able to move on with their lives and raises their twins in the wake of their wife’s death. Though she’s been gone for several years, the brothers haven’t found another woman worth their collective attention, and more importantly, their collective love. Each of the three have essentially decided they won’t ever find again what they once had and have resigned themselves to a long and lonely life. That is, until they meet their boys’ new teacher and suddenly a long and happy life once again seems possible. They just need to convince her they’re a package deal, three for the price of one 😊
From the moment she comes to the ranch, Claira knows she’s where she’s meant to be, but the prospect of which man to choose is just too much. Her attraction to all three men is undeniable and, for their part, at least two of the men are smitten and convinced Claira is their second chance at love. It’s the older of the men, Grey who is a bit harder to read. Claira is fairly certain he is attracted to her, but his emotions seem to be all over the place which creates a great deal of confusion. As both Claira and the twins know, if everyone isn’t in it for the long haul, the situation just won’t work.
Grey doesn’t deny his attraction to Claira, but he is in denial about his feelings for her. Since the loss of his wife, Grey has struggled far more than his twin brothers to deal with her loss. Unbeknownst to his brothers, Grey had an ugly fight with their wife the day of her death and so, moving on with another woman pricks at his guilt and sense of betrayal. What’s more, Grey is absolutely certain Claira is hiding something from them and that makes him wary. As the saying goes, the heart wants what the heart wants and though Grey thinks he doesn’t want Claira for the long run, his heart is singing a different song and that brings out his fiercely protective nature. Thank goodness for it too . . . .
Though there are a great many protective measures in place, Claira’s past is evil, awful, and determined. The pleasure she has found with the McLendon men (well, two of them anyway) is beyond anything she could have ever imagined, but the threat to her new happy life is very real and it has come a callin’! In the blink of an eye, Claira finds her secrets revealed, her body damaged, and one of the three men she has come to love, in serious peril.
The Bottom Line: I won’t even lie, I was looking for a predominately naughty bits kind of read when I dove into The Heart of Falcon Ridge. What I got was a good deal of delicious naughty bits mixed into a decent story with a whole host of characters, both good and bad. There is always a degree of tension found throughout this read that raises and lowers depending on the situation. What’s more, the tension is twofold, sexual and garden-variety danger. The tension, both kinds, keeps the story moving along at a good pace, the dialogue is spot on, the naughty bits are saucy and yummy, and the characters are a group you just sort of like from the very beginning. In all, I found The Heart of Falcon Ridge to be a good start to the series and just enough to have me diving into, almost immediately, the second book, A McLendon Christmas.
First, I have to say that this was so well written. There are three heroes, all brothers, which was another hard limit to get past. However, they were so developed in such clearly individual manners and each had their own appeal that I loved them separately as well as together as a family. Their care and concern for the heroine was sincere and the fact that one of the brothers was totally alpha in his jealous, possessive and protective reactions made me actually fall in love with him all the more. FYI: none of those j/p feelings were towards his brothers.
The heroine is on the run and hiding from a dangerous past and there is someone hunting her. If you like a heroine that is need of protecting as well as flourishes under the care of a hero, then Claire is for you. I liked her. She didn’t feel the need to lean on the heroes and actually was trying to protective them. There are no too stupid to live moments here. I did wonder why she didn’t flounder more when she was confronted with this family’s dynamic or the almost instant moves they made towards pulling her into it. It was not something she had ever been exposed to and she was almost a virgin still.
While all of the story itself was very enjoyable and I loved getting to know this family in its entirety, I must confess I still felt a wall between myself and the fact that three men/brothers were sharing the same woman. I wanted to love that part of their story and although I didn’t hate it, I just didn’t feel happy about it. I think I’m going to remain a fan of the one man woman/one woman man trope. Sorry Carol! But I can’t deny that the smexy times were hot, as in steaming and very well written. They did not consume this story as I expected they might, and the emotions between all the characters were deep felt.
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It starts off well, young woman, shady past, new identity, starting anew. Then it rapidly descends into farce.
Considering she needs to protect herself and others from a violent pursuer, she doesn’t do very well.
Going alone to a ranch where two men start touching you up and alarm bells don’t ring?
What about her safety and the safety of the men?
The swearing and sex scenes were tame, but the whole plot line was just farcical in the extreme.
I persevered hoping in vain it would improve. Gave up half way through. It didn’t.
The McLendon brothers Grey, Matt and Mason were all married to the same woman Sarah who died giving birth to their twins Connor and Carson. In the six years since her death none of them have been able to move forward, they can't imagine living separate lives but then they can't imagine coming across another woman who would want all three of them.
As soon as the brothers catch sight of the twins new teacher Claira they're gone, they know they've found the woman they all want but will she want them and will Grey be able to move on from Sarah.
As Matt and Mason work their charm on Claira and Grey battles his own demons Claira's past is hurtling towards them.
This is a nice enough read, it's hot as you'd expect from a ménage book it reminds me very much of 'Colters Woman' by Maya Banks.
There's a couple of little twists, I personally didn't particularly like the mysterious 'baddie' but maybe that's just me and Claira who's shy and has only ever previously had sex one time kisses two of the brothers in no time at all, ok maybe I mean they are hot it just seemed a little out of character. Also because of her past she has a series of security measure in place but she's so wrapped up in the brothers that she can't remember if she locked the door, now this may seem picky but this is a woman in fear of her life, she's come from hell and doesn't want to go back and yes the McLendon's are hot and all that but this is her life surely she'd remember if she'd locked the door.
Claira's past continues to haunt her as does Grey's haunt him. The feelings and emotions that flow throughout the book brings all four characters together. The differences between the brothers compliment each other and the strong will that Claira possess makes her the perfect partner to keep them in line.
Great story. Great Characters. A book I shall be re-reading again and again in the future.
The characters were all really likeable, well maybe not Grey to begin with :) but we all know that that didn't last long, and Matt and Mason were both lovable characters that you just took to instantly, then theres the gorgeous twins boys Con and Car who just tug at the heart strings and it makes for an instant hit.
I was amazed at how well this story flowed, considering the subject matter (megage) especially considering that there was children in the family, but it was handled very well and diplomatically. I particularly liked how respectfully they dealt with their dead wife and how although the three men were trying to move on they still had a place in their hearts that would always be filled with their ex (dead) wife, as this is realistic and the subject was handled and written extremely well.
Claira was a lovely character, although she had issues with her past she dealt with all three men extremely well, especially Grey as he was the hardest to handle, but she managed it and was perfect for the three of them, well the five of them including the children.
This was a really enjoyable book and a great introduction to this author, I will most definitely be reading more and would like to read the rest of this series - I would definitely recommend this book, which is why I have given it a 5 Star review.
This had a little bit of everything. Cute kids and insight into the family dynamic of having 3 dads, a bit of mystery and action when Claira's past catches up to her and some steamy scenes.
It was a nice bit of escapism and a great free book.
I'm fact at one point I put down the book to hug my own blonde little boy.
I wasn't expecting the ending, I was actually relieved. X