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Convincing Cara
     

Convincing Cara

5.0 26
by Melanie Shawn
 
Cara McCord had a new lease on life. After hearing the news that she was cancer free, the Texas beauty was ready to move forward and live life to the fullest...starting with losing her virginity. There was only one problem, though--the gorgeous blonde's heart beat for one cowboy alone, and he was someone she knew she could never have.

Trace Briggs found the

Overview

Cara McCord had a new lease on life. After hearing the news that she was cancer free, the Texas beauty was ready to move forward and live life to the fullest...starting with losing her virginity. There was only one problem, though--the gorgeous blonde's heart beat for one cowboy alone, and he was someone she knew she could never have.

Trace Briggs found the woman of his dreams when he was nine years old. For years he'd been forced to be a spectator on the sidelines of her life. But now circumstances had changed. The sexy, chiseled cowboy knew the time had come to claim the woman he'd loved since she was in pigtails.

Convincing Cara would take all of his heart, and Trace was ready to put it all on the line. Will Cara finally allow herself to truly live...and love?

**Can be read as a standalone**

Product Details

BN ID:
2940158357664
Publisher:
Red Hot Reads Publishing
Publication date:
05/08/2016
Series:
Wishing Well, Texas , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
18,763
File size:
841 KB

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Convincing Cara 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Luckylady More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the new series, and I don't know which one I loved more. This is such a great book, telling about a mutual love that they never let each other know existed. Cara got good news regarding her health and was ready to change her life and boy did she ever change her life with the man she didn't think she could have...
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
Ok, so now I am definitely hooked. I read Teasing Destiny a few days ago, and got so involved in the characters that I couldn’t resist reading the second book of the series, Convincing Cara. Another lovely story by Ms. Shawn. The story this time is about Cara, a young lady whose bout with leukemia in her teens, deprived her of her teenage years . She watched her friends from afar, but missed all those important moments in her life. Her friends Destiny and Harmony have always supported her , and Trace, Harmony’s brother, has always loved her from afar. The book not only is about these two individuals , but also about how Cara faced adversity, about personal growth, about one person allowing another grow into themselves, while loving them from a distance. But being their friend all along. You will laugh, cry, and cheer for these two. I sure did. Enjoy this wonderful story. I look forward to Harmony’s book.
AmyHiggs More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. Both Cara and Trace have been in love with each other since childhood but neither said anything. After Cara gets a clean bill of health, she decides that she wants to start dating and Trace wants to tell her how he feels. I had so many emotions while reading this book! I laughed out loud and smiled like an idiot! Cara is an amazingly strong woman and Trace....I just don't have words to say how much I loved him! Together they were perfect. I can't wait for more stories in this series! I would definitely recommend this book!
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in a great series. Cara McCord and Trace Briggs grew up together. She is best friends with his sister, Harmony. He know works on her brother's ranch. Cara is cancer free after battling leukemia and she is now on a mission. Her best friends Destiny and Harmony set her up on dates to help her out in her quest. Trace has always been in the background watching over Cara and desperately wants each of Cara's dates to be failures. This guy is simply amazing. They are both afraid of taking that next step with each other. This is such a good, feel good read and very well written. I love getting to spend more time with Destiny and Harmony too. Can't wait for book 3!
Molly_76 More than 1 year ago
WOW! This book had some major sexual tension between Cara and Trace. The angst of being love and not confessing your feelings was felt throughout the book. Loved it! Cara has been through hell and back fighting for her life when she was teenager and battled Cancer. Her life has been on hold for so long that now she wants to cash in her V-card and experience life. Cara only wants Trace to take care of her V-Card but she's to scared to tell him about her feelings. Trace has had feelings for Cara since she was little girl, although he didn't realize that it was love what he felt for you. When he realized that he had feelings for Cara and wanted to tell her, she had gotten sick. Trace learned that Cara had Cancer and decided to keep his feelings to himself. That she didn't need an extra burden right now. Le sigh.....he was loving and supporting her from a far. I really enjoyed this book and the story line between Cara and Trace. Their love for each other is so sweet and heart breaking. Oh man, each chapter I read, I thought this is it, this is the chapter the finally get together. Melanie Shawn took me for an emotional and sexual tension joy ride throughout the book. Hahaha! When it finally happened, I was like YAAAASSSSS! GO GET IT HONEY! It didn't disappoint and the wait was so worth it. Just like this book. Great read, great story line and great series.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Convincing Cara by Melanie Shawn is book 2 in their new Wishing Well Texas series. This story stars Cara McCord and Trace Briggs. Trace is an older brother of Cara’s best friend Harmony and brother-in-law of her other best friend Destiny. Trace has been in love with Cara since she was kid and Cara was also in love with Trace since they were young. Yet, neither knew of the other’s feelings. Part of that reason could be due to the fact that Cara was dealing with leukemia through her teens. Cara had finally received the news that she was cancer free, so she was ready to live life to its fullest. Trace decided her was going to be the one to help her get started. This was a beautiful love story that had me rooting for these two. I was wondering how Trace would convince Cara to trust him. I was wondering if Cara would give Trace a chance at more than just being friends. I was truly wondering how these two could keep their relationship a secret from their friends and family. I enjoyed Convincing Cara and was pleased with the way Melanie Shawn found a way for Cara and Trace to find their true love and happy ever after. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the next story in the Wishing Well series.
tracykids4 More than 1 year ago
Cara is a cancer survivor who has been in love with Trace forever. Can 1 night chance everything? You will have to read to find out. Absolutely EXCELLENT book. Loved Loved Loved this story. Cara (Care Bear) is such a strong soul and deserves to be happy with the man of her dreams.
booknerd81 More than 1 year ago
Sweet, romantic, heartwarming, laugh out loud hilarious Cara has had a rough child hood, after spending most of her teenage years battling cancer she is now considered cancer free and ready to make up for lost time. When Cara confides in her best friends that she is ready to start dating and experience life everyone wants a chance to fix her up with the perfect man. The only problem is Cara already knows who the perfect man is. Trace has been in love with Cara since childhood. After Cara’s diagnosis Trace decided to put his feelings on the back burner and focus on being the best friend he could be. Now that Cara is putting cancer behind her Trace is ready to make his move, the only question is will he make it in time? This is a book that will make you feel warm and fuzzy from beginning to end. Cara will reach out and grab your heart from the first page and never let it go. Trace’s love and devotion to Cara will pull at your heart strings until the very last word. Watching these two dance around their attraction for each other is beautiful, funny and sometimes down right frustrating; because you just want them to find their HEA. Cara and her friends will have you laughing until you cry discussing first date horror stories and men in general. Make sure to clear you day because from page one you will be hooked and you will not be able to put this book down until the last page. Grab your favorite cocktail, something sweet and get ready to binge read like you never have before.
sferguson105 More than 1 year ago
Where do I start with this book. Thinking I will go with AMAZING. The feels I got from this book ranged from cracking up to tears. Cara is an awesome heroine, the kind of girl you want as your bestie, but also someone you want to protect. Trace is a hot, yummy hero, who finally has his chance at happiness. I love the writing style of Melanie and Shawna, and they never cease to amaze me with every new book they write! This is definitely my favorite book by them so far, and I can't wait to read the next in this awesome series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was an amazing book. Trace and Cara have not had an easy road. I wanted to reach in and hug them both through most of the book. Trace is the kind of guy we all wish we had. He is almost perfect. Cara has fought all her life to live. Reading about their struggle to remain friends was both amusing and emotional. The way things end up for these two is just perfect!!! I can't wait to read the next book!
Mari360 More than 1 year ago
Received this as an ARC for an honest review. Great addition to the series. I have loved Melanie Shawns books for years and this book does not disappoint. Cara has suffered from a young age. Loving the 1 boy she didn't feel good enough for. Trace loved the girl he shouldn't have. From a young age these two loved each other without realizing it. Loved that this was an alpha male meets miss girl next door. Can't wait to read the next book.
kmichels More than 1 year ago
Convincing Cara by Melanie Shawn was a great addition to the Wishing Well series. Cara is such a sweetie and after dealing with the possibility of reoccurring cancer, she definitely deserved a great story. Trace is another of Harmony's sexy brothers, and even though they've had it bad for each other for years, they had to work hard to make it work for their HEA. Definitely my favorite of the series so far. Can't wait for Harmony's story.
DeniseNew More than 1 year ago
Wishing Well, Texas book 2 "Convincing Cara" does not disappoint. From child hood dreams to adult reality, Trace and Cara make true love. Hilariously vivid analogies and musical puns along with super sexy scenes take you from laughing to sighing page after page. For those who have read the other Melanie Shawn series' you might catch a brief reference. I enjoyed the alternating point of view chapters of the main characters. Those gave perspective and insight into the characters thoughts, desires, and dreams. It also makes you want to shout, "tell him/tell her". Loved this quote, "It was like our bodies were finely tuned to a frequency only the two of us were on."
deeeee More than 1 year ago
Honest review for free arc. I adore a well-written series and this book continues the beautiful stories of Wishing Well. Cara was diagnosed with cancer when she was a child. She fought it for years and is finally cancer-free. But "adult" Cara has missed out on so much. School dances, high school sporting events, birthday parties, dating, and losing her V card. She is now ready to find out what all the hoopla is about, but it needs to be with someone who isn't familiar with her life history. That rules out any local guys, especially the guy she has been in love with forever, because Trace Briggs in the brother of her best friend, AND he knows her story. So her friends begin to set her up with dates, so Cara can begin feeling comfortable dating and hopefully along the way, lose her V card. But the dates, although set up with the best of intentions, went horribly. Trace Briggs has been in love with Cara since they played spin the bottle years ago, but with Cara's illness, Trace was always in the fringe of activity. He would drive his sister to the hospital to visit Cara, hoping he might get some time to visit, too. He set up the school talent show in her front yard because Cara couldn't attend and Trace didn't want her to miss out. He and the football team shaved their heads for Cara's 14th birthday gathering after Cara had lost all of her hair. But Cara had no idea that Trace had set up all of these special things for her. Trace works for Cara's brother, who is a reality star and is often gone. Colton has to leave and asks Trace to stay at the farm to keep an eye on Cara. Trace's dream is coming true. One night after Cara and the girls had been celebrating Cara's health news, Trace gave Cara a ride home. In a drunken state, Cara shared a lot of info with Trace, including the fact that she was ready to give up her virginity. Trace decides this is the opportunity of a lifetime. After another date with another loser, Trace volunteers to help her out. They "agree" not to get hooked on each other and no one else could ever know, but they begin to spend their nights together. Trace is slow and gentle with Cara, and Cara is an advanced learner, but of course, since they already have feelings for each, their passion is explosive. Wishing Well is filled with wonderful characters and it's easy to lose yourself in this lovely setting.
amowrer More than 1 year ago
Holy Cow this is a great book...um sexy as hell cowboy..love struck gal...and a tricky romance has for some steamy reading. I love this series, as always it does not disappoint. Love is in the air, in their blood in everything they do and you are on pin and needles until the sparks fly and when they do....stand back. This smoking hot couple just makes me want to fall in love all over again. Trace and Cara are two parts of the same cloth...one thing is for sure...if Wishing Well were real I'd move in a heartbeat. This series is a promising one for sure...can't wait for more!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really was sure what to expect from this book, just because the second book in most series just seems to fall off a bit. Definitely not in this case!!! I LOVED IT!!!! I completely fell in love with Cara, and thought she was such a great, relatable character. Often times when dealing with a character with cancer, there is that fine line between it being just enough and it being over the top and overplayed. I love how Cara was written as a person and it made the cancer just a small part of her, while not overtaking her as well as her story. And do I really need to state the obvious about Trace?!?! I'm pretty sure he is the dream man for the majority of females. He was the perfect mix of alpha male, while also being man enough to stand back and allow her to do what she needed to do. I could go on and on about this book!! I'm not sure how the next book could possibly come close to this, but I can't wait to find out if it does!!!
XIaguan More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing! Actually everything I have read by Melanie Shawn is amazing! This series is fun and has all the great elements! Hot cowboy......great girls.....real life troubles.....and falling in love! I cannot wait to read about Harmony! The Charlie's Angels are a best friend relationship I envy but makes the series even better! Thank you ladies for sharing your characters!
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
I freaking loved this story. It is book 2 of the Wishing Wells story and it easily stands alone though we do see Destiny and JJ a lot in this book. This book is about Destiny’s best friend Cara and JJ’s brother, Trace. Cara is just now cancer free. For the last ten years she has cancer and so between chemo and trying to go to school and have friends, sex and boyfriends were not priorities. Now that she is free, she wants to not die a virgin. So starts the fun as her two besties help her make a list and find her dates. The results are very fun and I loved all Cara’s crappy dates. Trace fell in love with Cara at age 9 and at age 14 her decides to ask her out but she all of a sudden is very sick. Then they find out she has cancer so decides to instead be Cara’sfriend. Now ten years later she is cancer free, ready to date and Trace wants to be that guy. Problem is that Cara wants a fling with a stranger and so Trace has to wait again for her and try and exit the friend zone and enter the lust zone. One thing I hate about some stories are when the two leads decide everything has to be a big secret. I think that takes away from stories and couples and this book does this plot device. I really love books that show you them living as a coupe. But instead its this dirty secret and no one really knows. I think in this books care it took away from the great story. This book was wonderful and I loved it BUT this book could have been amazing had it not been a big secret.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Convincing Cara by Melanie Shawn....Wow, Wishing Well, Texas is full of hot sweet guys....I am moving. Melanie Shawn has a way of creating great characters that you fall in love with and hitting all emotion buttons for an amazing story. Cara and Trace have loved each other since childhood and perfect together, can they make it work? I really enjoyed watching the relationship grow between these two. This is a book and series you will want to read. I received a complimentary book for an honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Such a great story! It warms your soul and has you rooting them on the whole book! Cara McCord spent her teenage years fighting cancer, and now that she's just gotten the all clear diagnosis after 5 years in remission, she's on top of the moon and ready to set the world on fire! Trace Briggs has been in love with Cara since he was 9 years old. He's stood by on the sidelines as he watched her brave fight, just waiting for her to be ready for him to be part of her life. When Trace finds out that she's on a dating mission and makes his move, will they get the happily ever after they both deserve?
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic addition to the Wishing Well, Texas series by Melanie Shawn! I always know that when I get a Melanie Shawn book I'm going to be getting a great story and will definitely be entertained! Trace Briggs and Cara McCord have known one another since they were kids. Trace is one of eight kids who had a rambunctious, but fairly normal, (for having so many siblings!) upbringing. He now works with Cara's brother at the ranch and while he has a reputation for being a serial dater, he really only has eyes for one woman. Cara's childhood was less than idyllic when she was diagnosed with a form of juvenile leukemia. She fought the good fight and she won. It has been five years since her last treatment and she finally has heard the words "cancer free." Now that Cara has reached this milestone, she decides it's really time to start living life and one of the first things to check off of her list is losing her virginity. Her caveat? She doesn't want it to be anyone that knows anything about the fact she had cancer. While Cara is being set-up on dates by her best friends Destiny and Harmony, Trace watches from the sidelines, where he has been for most of his life where Cara is concerned. He makes the decision that he's ready to go after the one thing he's always wanted and Cara's brother asking him to stay at the ranch while he is out of town provides the perfect way for Trace to start making his move. Will Cara decide to give Trace not only her virginity, but also the chance to have her in his life for the long haul? Or, will these two be unable to communicate what they really want, leading to heartache? I always enjoy visiting the small towns that Melanie Shawn creates. They are fun, family oriented, and romantic. What more can you ask for? I'm looking forward to Harmony's story next!
Staci70 More than 1 year ago
I'm really loving Wishing Well, Texas. Cara, Destiny, and Harmony are best friends. Cara beat leukemia as a teenager. She just had her five year remission test result and is now considered to be cancer free. Trace Briggs is another one of Harmony's hot brothers (Destiny already found her HEA with JJ in book one). They have both secretly been in love with the other for YEARS, but neither acted on their feelings due to Cara's cancer. Because Cara's teen years and college years were both spent fighting off cancer and battling to stay in remission, she missed out on a lot of "normal" things young people do. That includes sex. She has now decided she wants to lose her virginity and get ready for a real relationship. She doesn't want the two things to be with the same person because she's always heard how bad everyone's first time is. Trace has decided no one else is deserving of helping Cara lose her virginity. I loved reading their story and seeing how they found their way together. I cannot wait to read Harmony's book next.
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
"Convincing Cara" is written by Melanie Shawn, and it is the 2nd book in the Wishing Well, Texas series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Trace Briggs and Cara McCord. Cara is finally cancer-free! She's always liked Trace ever since she was a little girl, and even though he meets the criteria of who she wants to date, there's one thing that doesn't make him fit that list... he knows she had cancer. She doesn't want that little tidbit to affect how the guy treats her. And not only that, but she knows Trace is not a relationship type of guy. Sure, Trace hasn't stayed in relationships long. But there's a reason why. He's always loved Cara ever since the first time he laid eyes on her. The only thing holding him back from announcing his feelings for her was because she had cancer. He saw her cry. He saw her weak. He saw her have chemo. He just wanted to be there for her any way he can -- by supporting her and being a friend. He didn't want his romantic feelings to get in the way. He wanted to make her smile and be happy. But now, it's a different story! Trace wants to date Cara. He knows she's the one, and he will do anything to prove that. Cara's friends may be setting her up on dates, but Trace knows better. Cara and him have history. They have chemistry. The sisterly duo of Melanie and Shawna did such an awesome job writing Trace and Cara's story! I was anticipating their story since we were introduced to both their characters in "Teasing Destiny," and it definitely didn't disappoint! Trace will make you swoon! He is so smitten when it comes to Cara! Meanwhile, Cara is such a brave, strong, and yet, vulnerable heroine. Sometimes, her past of having cancer gets the best of her, but Trace shows her that it made her who she is today. She overcame a battle, and she should be proud of that. I have nothing, but praises for "Convincing Cara"! It was just so good! Readers will not want to put this book down!
MaureenBartlett More than 1 year ago
The next instalment in Melanie Shawn's Wishing Well Texas series does not disappoint. Cara has been in love with Trace for as long as she can remember, Trace has been in love with Cara since before he knew what being in love was, but neither of them is any the wiser when it comes to their feelings for each other. Cara feels damaged from her childhood full of doctors visits, hospital stays and chemo treatments. She desperately wants Trace but feels he deserves someone he can lead a full life with including kids (something that might not happen for her because of the chemo) can Trace convince Cara she's everything he needs. You'll love the journey that takes them to their happily ever after.
Crystal_Singer0305 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Wishing Well series was even better than the first!!!! I had BIG expectations for Convincing Cara and of course, Melanie Shawn delivered. I can't believe these words are about to be said.....but I think I love Trace more than JJ and I just didn't think that was possible. Trace!!! What can I say about him other than he is probably the ultimate perfect man. Extremely sexy, sweet, loving, affectionate, compassionate, focused, doting and a little alpha. Just what I love! His love for Cara is something straight out of a fairy tale! Dang I just love him. And Cara? Well, there isn't a stronger girl around. She is incredible and deserves a man no less than amazing. Remember that fairy tale reference? Well, Cara had to go through a few frogs to get to her prince and it was such a fun ride! But, one of my absolute favorite parts of this book is seeing the love the three best friends have for each other. Seeing how they always have each others back. I absolutely can't wait for book 3! Happy reading!