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4 Blue Ribbons. "A sweet, charming romance about two lonely people who are trying to learn how to trust again. Author Lucy Francis skillfully combines an engaging story with well written and likable characters to create a highly enjoyable story." --Romance Junkies Reviews

4 Stars. " Mending Fences is a wonderful heartwarming book you curl up with when you want to escape into another world. Lucy was successful in making these characters believable, and getting you to care about not only the main couple but the secondary couple as well." --Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

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Lucy Francis grew up with characters living in her head, clamoring for attention. Whether those characters were elves, knights, aliens or earthlings, she listened and wrote their tales, which always included love. She still listens, plays matchmaker, and scribbles the resulting stories. Lucy has lived all over the United States, but calls Utah home. She lives with her husband, five children, and a pet menagerie that once included nine different species. She loves horses, fixing broken things, Irish dancing and tending the urban forest she planted in her front yard.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Mini Gray Moose Publishing (February 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615603092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615603094
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,569,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Fechter on February 11, 2012
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A man who's removed himself from society meets a woman with secrets of her own.

Curran Shaw is a CEO who made a spectacle of himself, dating starlets and being featured in tabloids, then he drops out of the public eye and moves to the mountains of Utah.

He encounters a mystery woman at a bar on Halloween. Both of them are masked, but she recognizes him. See, once upon a time she did a story on him. She doesn't let on, and leaves him with a kiss he can't get out of his head.

Months Victoria Linden is out riding when she encounters a bison tangled in a broken fence. She realizes the animal is tame and tries to help when Curran rides up. It's his bison, his land, and when the bison, called Peg Leg, is freed, Curran realizes she's the woman from the bar, the woman who kissed him.

She enters a cautious relationship with him but holds herself back. Not only is she hiding the fact that she was a reporter, knowing his reaction wouldn't be good, she's hiding some even more dangerous secrets.

I love the layers of this story--the way the secrets were revealed to the reader and the hero, and the way the secondary love story mirrors the main one. And I loved the gentle build of the romance. The characters grew together in a realistic yet romantic way.

All in all, a terrific debut!
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I must say that the characters were more complex than I anticipated. After getting through the initial introduction of the main characters and establishing their initial attraction for each other, it got better and better from there. We know that Victoria and Curran fall in love, but their journey consists of more than your average personal demons. The obstacles were met with a lot of healing along the way, and I found myself rooting for the characters to find their happiness.
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This book started out great and I thought this would be a fabulous story. However, as it went on, it became more and more unbelievable. It was also very predictable. Some scenes were totally unrealistic. Spoiler: I find it almost impossible to believe that Curran would put up with her coldness and lack of affection so long and impossible to believe that Victoria would not give in to him for so long!! Come on. Also, the scene where she finally makes love to Curran after being held at gunpoint and being knocked over the head and loosing consciousness is just rediculous. I am shocked there were so many positive reviews for this very mediocre story. Loved the first couple of paragraphs, but it went downhill from there.
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Ahhhh, true love is never easy. But, it is always worth the struggle when it comes with a happy ending. Emotions are written vividly and there is no shortage of conflict... kind of like life, eh mate? A great read with no other motive than to tell a good love story. Looking forward to her next one! Good job Lucy!
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I completely began engrossed in Ms Francis' book. She really brought to life the main characters as well as the secondary characters of her story. Without given away anything I adored the hero Curran, and though made out to be the bad guy at one point, which personally I was on his side, he is flawed and in the middle of a personal growth. Victoria has tons of secrets and at every corner one more comes out, she is justified in being cautious and yet she is no stupid female about to get walked on. It was a joy to read and follow them on their journey. I loved the fact that sex played a back seat to their relationship.

Looking for a nice sensual read, where love builds and trust is earned, check out this book.
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I thought this book was average. The characters were very well developed and the plot was okay but there lacked a passion. Victoria & Curran's love affair I think was lacking something because she held back so much. The story really developed good back stories and I loved the side story with Jamie & Kelli, but half way through I found myself bored. The first few chapters were really great, had me into the book. Than the middle left me bored, I almost felt like it was the same thing over & over with the characters getting over their past but not moving forward, than finally the last few chapters had some action, suspense and the passion I was waiting for the whole book. All & all it was an okay book. I would recommend if it stays free.
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Curran & Victoria meet in a club on Halloween. Curran is captivated by Victoria after she plants a hot kiss on him & then leaves.

He later meets her again at the edge of his property when he goes out looking for his runaway bison who got tangled up in a barbed wire fence.

He persuades Victoria to date him - not knowing that she's a journalist. (He's gone off the grid & tries to stay away from the press.)

Victoria has some pretty ironclad ground rules about dating that she won't allow herself to break. Mostly due to her traumatic past. But Curran agrees to her rules, as much as he wants her sexually, he enjoys the time the pair spend together.

Not a lot of sex, but lots of build-up & sexual tension until Victoria has another life changing event & she realizes that Curran is with her for the long-term.
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