Nearest Thing to Heaven

Nearest Thing to Heaven

by Lynnette Austin

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Sophie London hates Texas. The longhorns freak her out and the wide-open spaces are more unnerving than a Chicago alleyway at night. But Sophie wouldn't miss her cousin's wedding for the world-even if it means returning to Maverick Junction . . . and to the dangerously irresistible Ty Rawlins.
A single father of rambunctious triplet boys, Ty knows trouble when he sees it-and Sophie's got it written all over her. Yet he's never been able to stop thinking about her, even after their one brief meeting. Maybe fate is giving him a second chance. But if Ty wants Sophie to swap her stilettos for cowgirl boots, they'll each have to face the past-together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455528387
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Maverick Junction , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 71,875
File size: 646 KB

About the Author

Lynnette Austin loves Starbucks, peppermint patties, and long rides with the top down and the music cranked up! One of the great things about writing is that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged. She grew up in Pennsylvania, moved to New York, then to Wyoming, and presently divides her time between Florida's beaches and Georgia's mountains. She's been a finalist in RWA's Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her-to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse.

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Nearest Thing to Heaven 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Somebody Like You. I'd read that again. Great couple. I wanted to see how Ty fit into Sophie's life so I got this. The depth of character in "Somebody" isn't the same in this one but it was still a good book. It's fun to delve into the lives of the people we liked in previous books, at least that is why I like intertwining storylines. This is worth buying. Looking forward to Maggie's story too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all three... Somebody Like You... Nearest Thing to Heaven and Can't Stop Lovin You... All three are great modern day western romances. Well written, great characters and very original story lines... Ms. Austin writes a good tale...
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #2, in the Maverick Junction series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this great series in order. Ty has a lot on his plate. His triplet sons were left without a mom when his wife died. Between that and his ranch, he does not get to change the lonely life he leads. Meeting Sophie makes him nervous. He knows he wants her, but he knows what wanting her means. He also knows what losing someone feels like. Sophie is completely out of her element in Texas. Chicago, where she calls home is more her speed. She loves city life. She does not understand cows. No one can explain the sudden electricity between her and Ty. Nor does she want to do anything about it. Except she does.... This series gets hotter and better with each book! Another slow burn, this story has you pining and squirming with the sparks that are flying. I really enjoy the characters and really hope that I get a chance to read the next books in this amazingly hot series. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
OMG, there is nothing sexier than a single dad who's both a cowboy and great with not one but three kids. Ty has had it rough raising these three little dynamos from birth. Luckily, he has the help of family but it's not the same as a mother and while no one could ever accuse city slicker Sophie London of being mother material, she is pretty awesome with the boys. The only fault, I had with the whole book was, Sophie not letting her friends in on the stalkerish ex-boyfriend until almost too late. I know there has to be some conflict but I don't like an otherwise smart lady doing some of the dumb things she did. Overall, another great cowboy romance that made you both laugh and cry.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
When Sophie London sets out to Texas for her cousins wedding her plan is to attend the wedding, and get back home before she makes the same mistake her cousin did and get charmed by a handsome cowboy and decide to leave the big city behind for a much simpler type of life. She isn't too worried about it happening to her because she is pretty emotionally unavailable right now... that is until she runs into Ty Rawlins. The minute she meets him again she is completely enamored with him, there is just something about the tall, charming and oh so handsome cowboy that draws her in. But when she learns that the single dad is dealing with a lot right now, she immediately moves him to the friend category...question is how long will he stay there? Ty Rawlins doesn't have time for love right now, between keeping his bustling ranch afloat, and wrangling his triplet sons he has little time for a social life... nor does he really have it in him to travel down that path again. Losing the love of his life is still taking a toll on him, and he isn't so sure he'll ever be open to searching for that again, but he didn't plan for a woman like Sophie London to wander into his busy life. And the minute she does, he finds himself not wanting to let her leave, there is just something about the quirky city girl that does wicked things to his heart... a heart he had long since thought was damaged beyond repair. But he soon learns happily ever afters can happen more than once in a lifetime... As soon as I read the synopsis for this one I knew I was about to embark on a very special literary journey, I mean what is not to love about a single dad finding his soul mate again! These two were quite the pair, it was evident from the very beginning that they were perfect for one another...even if Sophie had her doubts. Once Ty found a way into her heart I knew there was no way she would let him and his adorable sons get away, she had her reservations about stepping into a situation like Ty's. but once she was there she realized she may have been wrong all along. But before they could truly get on to their happily ever after someone had to throw a few kinks into their plan... and it had me on the edge of my seat, and wondering if this one was going to pan out like I had anticipated! I have to say this read was quite a refreshing change of pace for me, and a great reunion with Ms. Austin's books. Highly recommend this one, it's sure to leave you with a happy heart! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Parenting changes everything. The hardest job in the world is looking after the most vulnerable, frustrating and beautiful gift bestowed, a child. There is no handbook, only a overpowering connection that borders on fear and awe. Raising a child together is tough, but when tackling it solo it gets harder. So Ty had his hands full raising three mischievous boys on his own. Nearest Thing to Heaven is driven by emotion and that is it's largest appeal. Ms. Austin had me hook, line and sinker. A bruised heart, a gorgeous guy, adorable boys and undeniable attraction, all add up to pure gold.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest for netgalley. This was a sweet love story between two very different individuals. You have Stephanie a city girl from Chicago and a cowboy from Texas with three triplets to boot. What in the world could they find in each other? But they do, attraction works that way, even though they try to fight it. The secondary characters added to the story gave more life, just gave a little more zest and you just cant help but wait for the next installment. Romance at its finest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Title: Nearest Thing To Heaven Author: Lynnette Austin Published: Forever Yours Series: Maverick Junction #2 Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Nearest Thing To Heaven" by Lynnette Austin was the second in this wonderful written series. This novel continues on from this first series 'Somebody Like You' and we return to 'Maverick Junction' for fantastic wedding of Annelise and Cash. This story is of Amelise's cousin Sophie who has come for the wedding. She runs a 'Starlight Production's which is a 'greeting card company.' Sophie being from Chicago loves that kind of life and being in Texas with cows and 'long horned steers' really freaks her out. Then she meets up with a widower who has triplets and we find life for her will never be the same. Will these two opposites attract? Will she stay in Texas or run back home to Chicago? Is she being stalked by someone in her pass? This was another well written story that was well presented by this author and all I can say you must pick up this second series to see how it will all come out for Ty Rawlins and Sophie London. I found all of the characters simply off the chart great. You will find along with some interesting secondary characters that were so well developed, captivating and oh so colorful that will only to give you a fantastic read that you will not be able to put down until the end. This author even offered the reader a little suspense with this love story. I will say the ending of the story was somewhat abrupt but if you are following the series we will see if it will be entered into the next series...'Can't Stop Lovin' You.' If you are in for beautiful romances stories you have come to the right place. All I am left to say is check out this series!
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Nearest Thing to Heaven (Maverick Junction #2) by Lynnette Austin, Rancher Ty Rawlins was interested in Sophie London from the first moment he met her. But being a widower with triplets to keep track of doesn't leave much time or energy for him to date. Let alone to actually admit he's ready to move on after losing his wife. When Sophie comes back to Maverick Junction for her cousin's wedding, Ty can't deny the attraction between them any longer. His intentions to just date and keep things lighthearted change quickly when he falls deeply for the ethereal Chicago beauty. Ty becomes frustrated with Sophie when she holds her feelings in check, knowing she'll be leaving to go home soon, but he soon finds out that he may be the one with some soul-searching to do. Sophie London is a city girl through and through. She's also convinced that she's destined to be single and wishes she could find someone perfect for herself like her cousin Annelise did. Returning to Maverick Junction, Texas, for Annelise's wedding is like cultural whiplash for Sophie after being in a bustling city for so long. So why does she feel more at ease than she can ever remember? It might have something to do with a certain cowboy named Ty Rawlins and his Triple Threat triplets. Her heart goes out to them and what they've been through. The last thing Sophie wants is to hurt the four guys, but she's afraid if she admits how head over heels she is, that's exactly what will happen when it's time to head back to Chicago. Nearest Thing to Heaven is an incredibly romantic story with a wide range of emotions. The characters will capture your heart and have you cheering them on. I wasn't really sure what to expect from Ty and Sophie's story as I haven't read book one in the Maverick Junction series yet. I am happy to say this can definitely be read as a standalone, although after finishing it, I will be checking out Somebody Like You as well! I really loved Lynnette Austin's writing style. Ty's backstory, losing his wife and raising triplets on his own, is heartbreaking to say in the least. But through the secondary characters and with the introduction of Sophie into his life, there is fun and excitement once again for Ty and his children, and the dialogue showcases that perfectly. Secrets play a big role in the conflict between Sophie and Ty throughout the story. Without giving too much away, they both have something they are keeping to themselves and unfortunately it makes communication that much more difficult between them. I felt like because they were both very independent, strong people, they didn't want to burden each other with their issues. I'd say that it (unfortunately) is a very common problem for couples to endure. All of the secondary characters were wonderful and seemed very realistic to a small town community such as Maverick Junction. Okay, so the fact that every single guy in town was drop dead gorgeous might be a bit much. But then again, I've never been to Texas! ;) I must admit, though, that my favorite scenes were with Ty and his triplets. They just melted my heart with how sweet they were. Nothing like getting sappy over a big tough cowboy giving his four year olds a big hug and telling them he loves them. *sigh* If you like your romances sweet with lots of passion, definitely check out Nearest Thing to Heaven. It has such a tender, heartfelt HEA it'll make you cry...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished your book ,Nearest thing to Heaven while sitting on my patio swing on this beautiful warm autum day...I can't tell you where this little book took me...I cried along with Ty and Sophie and smiled and laughed too ...It was a great story of Hope and Love and Faith that there can be a Happy Ending.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down