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If I Stay (Montgomery Manor Book 1) by [Morgan, Tamara]
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  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (May 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I15YGG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on May 21, 2014
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What I liked: Amy is a wonderful, glass half full kind of character. There are so many cynical characters these days and Amy was like a breath of fresh air. She was also a nice counterpoint to the somewhat curmudgeonly Ryan, forcing him to lighten up.

Morgan has said the Montgomery Manor series is her modernized version of Downton Abbey and I thought I would hate the wealthy Montgomery clan that both Amy and Ryan worked for, but I liked them quite a bit. I can’t wait to get to know them better.

What didn’t work: I don’t want to spoil anything but I’m not a huge fan of secrets and If I Stay has a lot of them and it took away from the main romance for me. I would have liked if the story stuck with the romance/class issues but that’s just my preference not a reflection of the writing.

It might work for you if: You enjoy lots of twists and turns with a slightly soap opera flair, class issues, a strong sense of family. This wasn’t my favorite, but I’m a huge fan of this author and will definitely continue with this series to see if click better with the other characters.
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If I Stay is the first book that I have ever read by Tamara Morgan, but I had heard great things about her work. I was really excited to read this one, and the blurb sounded really good. I have to admit that while this story was cute and had some likable characters, I just wasn't really able to ever connect with either the characters or the story. This one was a good read, but I found my attention wandering and as soon as I would put the book down it was forgotten.

Amy Sanders has gone back home to Ransom Creek to be a Nanny for the Montgomerys. Her mother held the position before her, but her health has caused her to not be able to handle the job anymore. Working there is Ryan Lucas a former Hollywood stunt driver, now the chauffeur and car care-taker for the Montgomerys. Amy and Ryan feel a connection between them, but Amy has always been drawn to Jake Montgomery. Now that Amy is starting to feel closer to Ryan though, Jake shows up and seems to really notice Amy for the first time. Ryan is biding his time and hoping to get back to Hollywood and the job he loves, but will his connection to Amy be enough to keep him in Ransom Creek? And will Amy choose the guy she grew up having a crush on, or the hardworking guy that she feels a connection to?

I thought that Ryan and Amy were both likable characters. They each had some great qualities and were entertaining. I guess I just felt detached from them the entire story though. I just wasn't ever able to feel fully invested in them and I wasn't ever able to connect with them at all. I thought that they were good people and deserved to be happy, but honestly I didn't really care what happened to them.
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3.75 stars

Although a bit heavy on the facts and vague at times, I enjoyed this story. Mainly because I liked Amy from the very beginning. She was determined, funny and her concerns and struggles felt like the real deal. Her situation was not the best but she made the most out of the situation regardless, finding humor in the most of unexpected situations.

Ryan, on the other hand, was a bit more serious but interesting nonetheless. I loved that he was conflicted over his attraction towards Amy and that when Luke showed up he was a mess over it. He treated her with respect and gave her the comfort she needed when the time came for her to need someone to support her.

The family dynamic was a bit out there, especially when it was still a mystery as to what had truly happened and what was happening. However, Tamara Morgan did an excellent job in drawing me into the story in the beginning that when all the details came to the surface I was already invested in the story enough to not give up reading about it.

All in all, a great first book in the series with an interesting mix of the sweet and the spicy with an added mystery to round it all up.
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Reviewed by Robin
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Ms. Morgan gives a nice start to a new series with If I Stay. This is about the Montgomery family who own the town of Ransom Creek and those that work for them. This is a somewhat contemporary look at the class differences. This is a story that deals with the issues that everyone has…to just belong.

This was a nice easy read with light drama that revealed secrets, dealt with money and power, the past, desire, lust and mystery.

Ryan Lucas has a secret…former Hollywood stunt double; with a drinking problem and a past the deals with a million dollar car…a bad accident. Wanting his career back he has to find a way to strip the past away and find a way back into the good graces of the Hollywood crowd. As a chauffeur for the Montgomery’s he is hoping for that chance.

Enter.. Amy Saunders who grew up with the Montgomery’s; her mom used to be the nanny which allowed her opportunities such as being able to take dance lessons. Giving her a career she may not have actually wanted. Now she has come back home to be the nanny to the younger Montgomery children.

There is chemistry between Amy and Ryan. Admit it or not they are bonding and falling for each other. Ryan just wants to get back to Hollywood when along comes Amy a breath of fresh air and sunshine.

Right from the beginning you get pulled into the maze that is the story. Even the struggles that each character is going through become real. I found this to be like a readable version of a soap opera. You have everything that your average soap opera deals with…class issues, secrets, power, romance, money, lust. I liked this engaging story especially when Jake came home.
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