Can't Walk Away (River Bend, #3)

Can't Walk Away (River Bend, #3)

by Molly McLain

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A convenient, casual, and completely orgasmic fling. What more could a girl want?

For the past year, barista Ally Barrett has been content to spend her weekends distracting River Bend’s hottest commodity—the sexy, too-serious sheriff. Their casual arrangement suits her independent nature just fine…until it doesn’t.  

Sheriff and Army Guardsman Mark Dunn lives to serve the people of his community and his country. Ally is the only woman who’s never asked for more than his nights—and the only one he’s ever considered giving his days, as well. Too bad duty says otherwise.

When an unexpected pregnancy flips their no-strings understanding on its head—and tarnishes both of their reputations—Mark has a tough time proving he wants a real relationship and not just reelection. But if this sheriff knows anything, it's how to fight for what he believes in—Ally’s heart.

Warning: This book contains a hero who’s all business and no play…unless there’s a dress and a hot redhead involved.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151676847
Publisher: Molly McLain
Publication date: 02/09/2015
Series: Molly McLain's River Bend Series , #3
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 289,116
File size: 346 KB

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Can't Walk Away (River Bend, #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
This is the best River Bend story yet! I loved it. (It also standsalone - no cliffhanger.) Molly McLain’s books just keep getting better and better. The blub is accurate so I won’t rehash the story. Just let me say that this book made me laugh and cry and really feel for Ally and Mark. They really manage to mess things up between themselves by not communicating and who hasn’t had this problem before in real life? The book is part of a series but each book also stands alone with no cliffhanger. If you love HOT, sexy times and a hero that makes you melt, you will love this book. One note of warning – there is liberal use of strong language including the F word. If this bothers you, you might want to pass this up. If you do pass it up, though, know that you will be missing a wonderful love story. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
We finally get the story of Allie and Mark, who have been in previous River Bend stories. This story by Molly will not disappoint you, I could not put it down. An accidental pregnancy from their casual relationship brings on more than they are ready for. Mark want to do what is right, but he has to prove his love to Ally. Molly McLain writes small town romance with a little bit of heat, that makes you want to keep coming back for more. I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!! I really enjoy Molly McLain's writing and this River Bend series gets better with each book. Mark and Ally's story is fun, sexy, and flirty and filled with so much hope and love you can't help but smile. This is definitely one for the must read list. I highly recommend it!
LoneWolfAfghans More than 1 year ago
Love this author and her small town of River Bend and it's intertwining stories. Can't wait for more from River Bend....
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Warm, Real Human, Emotional.. Well written with a strong story line and great characters... The three books are all worth the time... Really enjoyed.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW, could not put it down! All series (books River Bend), were wonderful. From cover to cover, it just got better and better. Ally and Mark were nonstop meant to be together. You'll have to read for your self to see the finish! Loved it can't wait for your next one, I know I've pre-ordered it. 5 Star+ and a 5 Star+ Author. Thanks BMA?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best series I've read in quite some time.
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RitaHMS More than 1 year ago
These two! I swear if they could just talk to each other honestly they would avoid all sorts of issues. I love how Can't Walk Away begins. The scene in the bar is great and really shows from the get go both Ally and Mark's hands (so to speak.) She is tired of waiting for him and his silence has driven her to take drastic measures but for him his silence means something else. They spend a lot of time trying to fight and poor Mark every single time he tries to tell Ally how he feels he screws it up big time. She is just as bad though. She rushes over to tell him she is pregnant but things go South but fate has other plans and he finds out. Both Ally and Mark are great characters and well written. I really love Ally's dad as well although there was a time or two that I didn't like him. He sealed his fate as my favorite when he told Mark how he knew that he was the man for Ally. This is the third book in the River Bend series but it stands very well on its own. I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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ScoopyPooh More than 1 year ago
Before I go into giving you my thoughts on this book, I'd like to mention that I am the type of reader that reads without prejudice. Just because you wouldn't catch me dead doing this that or the other that is in a book, that does not make that book bad. Hopefully all of you understand what that means. Second, I don't give away plots, I only speak of characters and structure of the story. That being said, let's move on to Can't Walk Away. I am a HUGE fan of Molly McLain's style. The woman will tell you a story like it is. She doesn't sugarcoat her characters. They are real and are portrayed that way. SO yes, they curse, think nasty things, do nasty things, make stupid choices and above all, are not infallible. Something else Ms McLain is VERY good at is writing RAW F*N SEX SCENES . When I read the first book in this series back in the summer (well, I've read them all twice now), I immediately fell in love with how easy it was to relate to her characters and how true to form her plots/events were. Her books are real. They happen every day. To every day people. And that's who I am. An every day girl. SO, as much as I love to read out of my reach fiction (you know the one, billionaire falls in love with housekeeper and they live, it's VERY GOOD when an author comes along and writes stories that not only could very much happen to me or already have, but the characters are people that I would actually know. People I would be friends with. So Molly McLain gets HUGE props for accomplishing that, not only with Cant Walk Away, but also with the last two stories and two novellas she has written about our friends in River Bend! The story of Mark and Ally is basically this. For over a year now, they have both been each other's go to person when the itch for sex comes along. In reality, they may have started out that way, but somewhere down the line, both of them fell for the other in a more than 'can you scratch this itch for me' kinda way. But the problem is, neither told the other that. But wait, it gets better, not only did neither of them tell each other they had developed seriously deep feelings for the other, but they both decided (in their own special way) that ignoring the other for a period of time would make the other realize how good they had it and fall to their knees. And to be clear ..... no one is communicating! LOL At some point in this whole mess of a situation, Ally finds herself pregnant and Mark has to do a lot of ass kissing (lol) to not only gain Ally's trust, but her heart as well. Can Mark and Ally learn to communicate with each other and learn to listen to each other and not just hear each other? Will they be able to put their stubborn ridiculousness (lol) aside so they can find the love they both deserve from and in each other? READ THE BOOK AND LET ME KNOW :) If someone was to ask me to put a title to me review it would read: Knowledge is power and communication is key! Mark and Ally have the WORST communication skills to the point that it borders on lunacy. These two were not teens or even young adults, but yet they acted like they were teens! I honestly have zero tolerance for lunatic people. And to me, they were both off the chart lunatics! But they are not unique in their lunacy. That crap happens ALL THE TIME. We've all experienced it at some point in our lives. I have no clue how Ally can be intimately acquainted with Mark for over a year and not only not know his basic moral code, but somehow paint him as something he is completely NOT. And Mark .... LMAO, but in what world does 'backing off' a woman and ignoring her EVER come to any good. I know this sounds like I didnt like the book, but it's the opposite. I actually read it twice. Yes, I was annoyed as all get out at them BOTH and their meddling family and friends as well, but I read without prejudice :) SO as much as neither Mark nor Ally would ever be allowed in my circle of life, their story was GOOD! Ms McLain wrote a very engaging story that really kept you on your toes. Even I couldnt wait to read what happens next....every damn time either Mark or Ally tried to close the gap they had created, something would just go ridiculously wrong. I laughed A LOT at their expense. I must have said 'WHO DOES THAT?!' in my head over a dozen times thru the course of this book! lol The only reason the book was not a 5 star book for me, was because I did think it took way too long for both Mark and Ally to get their heads out of their asses (even tho miscommunications still occurred after) which made it a little tedious at times to read and not skim. So there you have it, I've told you about Ms McLain's BADASS writing skills and the story that drove me BANANAS while reading it! :) Now YOU go pick this book up and let me know what YOU think! I am very much looking forward to MORE River Bend novels and/or anything else Molly McLain has to offer for us.
KristiSimonsen More than 1 year ago
If you liked or even loved the first two books in this series, then you will be blown away by this one. Mark is just amazing - your typical guy that makes bone headed moves but comes redeems himself in the most amazing ways. Your heart will melt for Mark and Ally and the epilogue will bring tears to your eyes! I can't say enough good things about this book and this series! Molly McLain has such a talent for writing incredible stories!!!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this sexy contemporary romance, part of the River Bend series but easily read as a standalone, Ally and Mark have been in an on again/off again relationship for a year, a no strings attached affair that seemed great at the beginning but is now beginning to wear on both of them. They have strong feelings for each other - they've just never gotten the hang of communicating these feelings, instead letting the sexual attraction they feel for each other dictate the relationship. But now things have gotten real. Ally is pregnant and she wants Mark to get out or be all in. Faced with the reality of possibly losing Ally forever, will Mark step up to the plate? I loved this story! While I was reading it I couldn't help but find it refreshing to have a couple that in many ways is a composite of many relationships out there - happy with the status quo until it no longer serves and they realize that to have a future together they need to be able to communicate. Sex is great - but it doesn't make for a lasting long term relationship as both Ally and Mark are realizing. I loved both characters in this story. Ally is friendly, outgoing and loves Mark yet realizes she needs more of a commitment from him. Mark is a loyal and decent guy but gun shy of revealing the extent of his feelings for Ally because in truth he doesn't think he's good enough for her and he's afraid that if he takes the next step forward she'll back off. He screws up, repeatedly, but Ally is a forgiving soul and is willing to give him chance after chance. But with a surprise pregnancy it's no longer just about them, and Mark finally (finally!) realizes that he needs to do better or he'll lose them both. The love scenes between them are steamy and emotional, but it's the love they share and finally both admit to that makes the story. The secondary characters play a big part in the story too, both Mark and Ally's family and friend's putting in their two cents worth and adding humour and tension to the story. Some new characters were also introduced that will hopefully get their own happy ever afters. 5 stars for an entertaining and delightful read!