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HOT! Richard's tempting second addition to her Country Roads series puts a clever spin on the small-town romance trope with great effect. The chemistry between her main characters is indisputable...a heartwarming story with clever twists that will please Richard's fans and win her new devotees."—RT Book Reviews
"4 1/2 stars! These characters are rich and deep, and so expertly written that they feel like friends, and the best news of all is that this small-town series is set to continue!"—RT Book Reviews on Undone
"Funny, sassy, and sexy. Reading Shannon Richard is pure pleasure!"—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author
"A fine debut novel, Richard's populates her appealing small town with quirky secondary characters, a feisty heroine and a hero to sigh for."—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author on Undone
Posted April 8, 2015
Shannon Richard has done it again!!! What a wonderful addition to the Country Roads series!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting better aquainted with Jaxson Anderson and Grace King! Their story was the perfect blend of everything needed for a great romance story...sexy, sassy, & sweet!
Highly recommend you get to know the characters of the Country Roads series...you will love them!
Posted February 5, 2015
Somehow, along the way, I missed the release of the second book in the Country Roads series. That will teach me to pay better attention. But the up side to that is I had a new-to-me Shannon Richard book and a cup of coffee to cuddle up with while hiding away from the below zero temps we had in January.
Grace was 6 year olds when Jax Anderson became the love of her life. Maybe not in a romantic way. But he was certainly her hero. How could he not be when he scared off the bullies and insisted that she was a princess? But she grew up and 18 year old Grace was fully aware that her feelings for Jax had grown with her. Unfortunately, no matter how hard she tried to get his attention, he always seemed to be oblivious. Recently Grace has stepped back and has decided there’s no reason she should be waiting around for someone who doesn’t return her affections. Not that she’ll stop taking care of Jax by making sure he has his morning coffee and plenty to eat. It’s what she does.
Jax won’t lie to himself and pretend that he doesn’t want Grace with every fiber in his being. But he will deny himself pursuing her in any way, shape or form. Jax grew up with a physically and emotionally abusive father. One of the more lasting effects of that abuse is Jax’s lack of self-worth. He’s truly feels that he isn’t good enough for Grace. But Grace’s quiet persistence over the years is starting to get to Jax. And he’s finally getting to the point (thanks, in part, to the help of meddling friends) where maybe, just maybe, he can let himself have a little bit of happiness. Just a little.
There is a lot going on in this story besides the dancing around (yes, that can be construed as a euphemism for….something) that Grace and Jax are doing. One of the things I loved most in this story is that Jax and his friends are re-modeling Jax’s future home. It is apparent to everyone except Jax that he is subconsciously building his house with Grace in mind. Not that all his buddies didn’t notice. But they were too nice to say anything. Until they feel their interference is needed, of course. Seriously, the Men of Mirabelle are such meddlers. It’s hilarious.
Then there are plenty of frightening things to get in the way of Jax and Grace’s developing relationship. An unsolved string of burglaries and thefts have kept Jax constantly busy. Then there is the continuous harassment Grace is experiencing from some creeps who went to high school with her. And then throw in a hate crime against one of Grace’s closest friends. Mirabelle is a hot mess and Jax and Grace are feeling the pressure. On top of all of that there is also that horrid gossip blog run by an angry and bitter woman named Bethelda. No one is safe from The Grim Truth. Not even a town Deputy, Jax. And certainly not, Grace, who for some reason has always been held accountable (by her very existence) for her late mother’s love life.
This romance is sexy and fast paced. There is plenty of the angst I enjoy so much but it’s perfectly balanced with plenty of humor keeping me entertained at every turn of the page. If you are a fan of contemporary small town romances, definitely give Undeniable a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Posted January 20, 2015
Posted July 6, 2014
Undeniable is the second book in the Country Roads series by Shannon Richard, contemporary romances set in the small town of Mirabelle.
Each book features a new couple, this time around the focus is on Grace and the town's sheriff Jax, growing up Grace always had a crush on her older brother Brendan's best-friend Jax, but he has always denied his feelings because of his parents and they way they've made him feel worthless and unwanted all his life, which has given him the opinion that no one could ever love him least of all Grace, it will take all she has to convince him, that his parents were wrong all these years and he deserves to be happy too.
Throughout the story there is a subplot involving an increasing spate of robberies around town, and there is an investigation into who is responsible for these crimes.
Featuring appearances of characters from the first book, they make a welcome and entertaining return.
Love never runs smoothly in these books, there are hurdles each couple need to overcome before they get their happily ever afters.
Shannon has crafted a series that will keep you entertained on so many levels, I adore these books and characters and devour them in one sitting.
I loved Undeniable more than I did the previous book, and I look forward to continuing on with this series for what I hope is a very long while to come.
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Posted January 18, 2014
I liked the first book in this series but this ome was a bit disappointing. Good characters but not as good as the first book, particularly Jax who was a bit annoying at times. Good storyline but the criminal ending felt a bit forced. Not as mich chemistry as you might expect given their history. Good but not great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 17, 2013
*I received an ARC courtesy of Forever (Grand Central Publishing), via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
3 1/2 stars
This is the story about Grace King and Jaxson Anderson. Jaxson was the boy Grace always loved and wanted to be with ever since he stood up for her on the playground years ago. Jaxson has always wanted Grace but refuses to act on his feelings. He's not good enough, that's what his father told him everyday growing up and he can't imagine how he'd be enough for someone so amazing as Grace. The problem is he can't stomach her with anyone else. When his willpower gets tested and the rumor mill starts, all they ever beleived in will be tested.
Undeniable is a romance story of a small town with realistic characters. For me, the story could have been cut in half and it held my attention a little better though. I really had to bump it down half a star because it just got excessively wordy, with too many details at times regarding the surroundings. While it painted a very thorough picture it became monotonous. Besides that we meet two great characters that come alive off the pages, surrounded by a compilation of side characters that add variety and another outlook to the progression of the story. The small town of Mirabelle, Florida is described in detail leaving the reader feeling like they just came back from a vacation there. As far as light hearted romances go this one hits all the marks.
Posted November 18, 2013
A Very Enjoyable Romantic Mystery!!!!!
Grace King can cook up a storm in the kitchen but she can't seem to light a fire in Jaxson's heart. She has known that she loves Jaxson Anderson for ages; No one else holds a candle to him in her heart. The problem is that, to him, she's his best friend's kid sister and off-limits. How can she get him to notice her the way she wants?
Jaxson Anderson's wouldn't have survived his childhood without his friends. He has self-esteem issues due to his deadbeat Dad and doesn't feel that he can ever be relationship material. Now he concentrates on being a good deputy sheriff and renovating an old house. He keeps telling himself that he shouldn't have feelings for Grace as he's no good...
As a few added twists, their small town has been plagued with multiple unexplained burglaries. Jaxson works desperately to connect the dots before someone is hurt.
AND Grace has had to deal with bullies all her life because she doesn't know who her father is.
This is the 1st book I've read by this author and it was enjoyable on it's own. However, I do plan to go back and read the 1st book in this series as characters from the 1st book figure prominently in this book. I want to read their story also.
This was a very enjoyable romantic mystery...
Posted November 10, 2013
4 Good, Solid stars from me. I absolutely adored this book. It was such a pleasant surprise. I love Grace and Jax! They are just so darn cute together. What's not to love about a friends turn lovers book? They totally make the best romances!
This book is sweet, cute, funny, and down right addicting. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down! This is my first Shannon Richard book and will not be my last. This is book 2 in a series, but it is definitely okay as a stand-alone. I haven't read book 1 yet, and in no way did I feel like I missed anything. I am, however, going back to read book 1.
Jax about drove me up the wall with his self doubting! Poor Grace, she never doubted and stayed right there and took it like a woman until he was finally able to admit it to himself. I like the secondary story going on with the burglary and thefts. It really added that extra drama to the story to keep it going.
Really good book and glad I stumbled across this author. I like her writing style!!
*Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!!
Posted November 5, 2013
Undeniable gives readers rich characters, quirky small-town charm, and heartfelt highs and lows, with just that perfect touch of mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat. - Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress and Booktrib's websiteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2013
Grace needs to move on. I don't like weak heroines and she is a complete pushover. Jax is an idiot.
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Posted October 1, 2013
Growing up in an abusive household with an alcoholic father and almost non-existent mother, Jaxson Anderson spent most of his time from elementary school on at his best friend Brendan's house. Eventhough theirs was not a traditional family, it was a house filled with love and he received all the nurturing and care that was sadly lacking in his own home. It gave him the strength to overcome his measly roots and work his way to deputy sheriff, a job that suited him perfectly, since he always had a drive to protect and defend the innocent. Starting with his best friend's little sister, Grace, back when they were kids.
Grace King wouldn't leave town for anything. Not even the town bullies who have been on her case since grade school. Working in the bakery of her grandmother's cafe, she loved being creative with in the kitchen and especially enjoyed feeding delicious town sherrif Jax Anderson, the man she has been in love with since she was about fourteen years old. Of course, Jax will never see her as anything other than Brendan's little sister, but Grace is determined that is going to have to change. She is no longer a child at twenty four, and it's about time he noticed that!
Not a morning goes by that Jax doesn't pop into the cafe to pick up a coffee and something to eat, and for his daily dose of Grace. He can't get through his day without one of her bright smiles to boost him. Oh, he has noticed her, he has noticed Grace for many years, but no matter how much he wants her, or how much his friends encourage him to make his move, he can't have her. He simply has nothing good enough to offer her.
In an unguarded moment when his defenses are low, he lets Grace slip in and with one kiss she slowly starts breaking down the walls the has built up. Grace won't let herself be deterred for long when he tries to step back. But when Grace ends up in the middle of a crime scene and becomes the subject of the biggest town dirt ever to be unearthed, there is nothing that could pry Jax from her side.
Great small-town feeling, complete with evil gossip, local hangout, solid group of friends and favorite coffee stop!! Can't get any better!! Love the feel of this book.
Grace is a pretty strong character, despite her less than easy history. Not so much because of her home life, which was loving, but because of the way she was treated by some. Daughter of a single mother who died young, father remained unknown to this day and Grace herself always an easy target for the town bullies. With strong support from her grandparents, her brother and his circle of friends and her own buddies, she finds herself in her culinary creations, and despite the occasional run in with said bullies, she really enjoys her life. With one thing missing to make it complete, and she is determined to get it.
Jax has great strength as long as he stays out of his head. He can deal with all things that don't concern him. As soon as he is confronted with his parents or his past, he is immediately transported back into the emotional state of the young boy he was, feeling unworthy, a misfit and good for nothing, regardless of all he has accomplished to prove differently. His heart desperately wants and needs what his head won't let him have......Grace. There are times his buddies are getting pretty fed up with him, trying to convince him he is as deserving as anyone else. Frankly, there were times I was getting a little tired of his constant inner dialogue too, the yoyo-ing was giving me a neck-strain! Ultimately the heart, the friends, common sense and of course, Grace, prevail........thank goodness!!
I really enjoyed the story, am enjoying the series..... I read and reviewed the first book: UNDONE, and finally discovered the purpose of the character of Chad, I was questioning in that first review!!! It becomes clear when reading THIS book!!! Other than that slight overlap in the series, these books could easily be read as standalone books if you choose to do so, although personally, I am glad I read both.
¿A touching and sexy small-town romantic mystery.¿
**ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Forever in return for an honest review.**
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