Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Review: Falling Hard (Nugget #9) by Stacy Finz

This is the summer of Annie Sparks—at least according to her. No more supporting lazy jerks or coddling irresponsible family or taking care of anyone who doesn’t deserve her help. Instead she’s headed to an estate in a remote mountain town, to spend her summer with her boots covered in mud and her hands working the earth. Love is the last thing on her mind.

Nugget is a long way from Logan Jenkins’ old life as a Navy SEAL. But before he starts fresh in the private sector, he receives a bequest from a man he never knew: his biological father. To learn more about his background, Logan makes his way to his late father’s estate, where he is immediately knocked on his heels by an incredible woman with a heart of gold.

Annie’s not looking for a fling, and Logan knows Nugget can’t be forever, so falling in love should be impossible. But when they’re together, time stops, and suddenly the impossible seems like the only thinkable option . . .

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is April 11th, 2017.

This is the ninth instalment in the Nugget series.  Needless to say there has been a lot of time and energy put in to this fictional town and its character.  It is not necessary to have read the entire series leading up to this story however I do offer one warning.  When you reach the ninth book in a series, the cast of characters gets rather large.  It can you leave you wondering how everyone fits in to the town as you know that their story has been previously told.  In my case, I had read the fifth & sixth story and none of the others.  I was able to know who a lot of the characters were however there was a blank spot on some.  For those that are ok with not knowing the backstory of every character, you will be fine.  for those who need to know, pick up book one and start from the beginning.  With nine books there is enough to keep you entertained for a while.

This story was a little different from the others that I have read in the series in the fact that both character were relative newcomers to Nugget.  The previous stories I read always involved one hometown character and a newcomer.  I guess in a town as small as Nugget, you would run out of people in the age demographic of the majority of these characters unless people kept moving in to the town.

A second item that I noticed, an liked, is that there was a little less angst between Annie and Logan.  While they may not have succumbed tot heir physical attraction right away, they became fast friends and the reader does not have to endure that endless bickering that can be predominant in this genre of book.  It is not always necessary to have the characters hate each other at first, before they discover they can't live without each other, as Finz has aptly shown in this story.  It was refreshing.  I liked how they clicked right from the beginning.  The drama comes later on.

As for the rest of the story, it follows the regular formula you would come to expect from this genre.  The highlight of the story, and I may have said the same in previous reviews of this series, is the town of Nugget.  By now you feel like you really know the town and all of its people, and this is coming from someone who has only read three of the nine stories. 

I recommend this story and this series!

About the Author

tacy Finz is an award-winning former newspaper reporter. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series (Kensington/Lyrical Press) about a small mountain town that has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over--and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love. Look for her Garner Brothers series (Zebra) in 2017.

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