From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emily March comes the second book in the Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas trilogy, TUCKER (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, February 25, 2020, $7.99). Two business owners come head-to-head in a feud with tulle and grit in this passionate story. This tale shows that even when life changes from the stress of a military career to working next to a wedding planner, love always finds a way to begin, even if it was never thought possible.
Meet Gillian Thacker. Her business: Bliss Bridal Salon. Her passion: Weddings. Her own wedding: It’s complicated. Life isn’t turning out like she’d planned. The last thing she wants is for a real-life hero to ride to her rescue, but an unexpected event puts her entire future in Redemption, Texas, at risk. So what’s a broken-hearted bridal expert to do? Maybe a new set of survival skills is exactly what she needs…
Tucker McBride has been proud to call himself a U.S. Army Ranger. But now that his days of service are over, he’s decided to put his expertise to use by founding a wilderness skills training school. He sets up shop in Redemption, next to Bliss Bridal, and so begins life: Part Two. Marriage has been pretty low on his agenda, but as soon as he meets Gillian, Tucker can’t help but contemplate the ultimate challenge: Convincing the reluctant bride to take his hand and leap into the adventure of a lifetime . . . until death do them part.
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars
While I enjoyed this sweet romance, I wasn’t blown away by it. I really adored Tucker — he was a great, romantic hero — but I felt that Gillian was kind of a stick in the mud. This is a spin-off of another Emily March series, but I had not read any of those books and didn’t feel like I was missing out on backstory. If anything, there were an abundance of secondary characters, whom I’m guessing are from those other books.
Tucker and Gillian literally meet at the side of the road as he’s returning to Redemption (Ha!) and she’s stormed off after a fight with her fiance. Tucker is immediately smitten. and even though there is a ton of chemistry between them, Gillian is spoken for. She’s unhappy in her relationship, but she’s spoken for. Their paths cross again when he opens up his survival-training shop next to her bridal salon. When her relationship implodes, Tucker decides that he’s the one she’s supposed to be with, and goes all-out in convincing Gillian to give him a chance. The guy who never imagined himself settling down now wants exactly that.
Like I said, this was an okay book. I thought that their relationship stalled at points and felt too rushed at others. Gillian was too often a damsel in distress for my taste, and I didn’t really like her all that much as a heroine. She also doesn’t break up with her fiance until nearly halfway through the book, so I had a hard time shipping her and Tucker as the couple I was supposed to be rooting for when she was still (even unhappily) attached.
I received an advanced copy via the publisher and NetGalley and voluntarily left a review.
Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.
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