Should've Said No: A Thistle Bend Novel

Should've Said No: A Thistle Bend Novel

by Tracy March

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Welcome to Thistle Bend! Perfect for fans of Susan Mallery, this charming series debut introduces a small town where old secrets are revealed—and wounded hearts are opened to new love.
A year after being laid off from the Smithsonian, Lindsey Simms says yes to a job offer as curator of a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado (population 1,519). It could be worse—and it is. Because the new museum has escalated a dispute between the Karlssons, Lindsey’s relatives, and the Crenshaws, a blood feud which goes way back to a land deal that changed the fortunes of both families. Trying to stay objective, Lindsey can’t tell anyone about her conflict of interest—especially not the ruggedly handsome handyman fixing up her cabin, who seems to be keeping secrets of his own.
Although he’s the executive director of the family trust and one of Colorado’s most eligible bachelors, Carden Crenshaw prefers getting his hands dirty in town and on his sprawling ranch. Staying busy has given him an excuse not to risk heartbreak, but getting to know the beautiful “museum lady” makes him reconsider. Little does he know, the heat between them will only add fuel to the fire—unless this unlikely couple can prove they’re lovers, not fighters.

Praise for Should’ve Said No
“A wonderful story of family, honor, trust, and generations of unexpected secrets . . . Escape to the quaint mountain town of Thistle Bend, Colorado, where there’s serious sizzle between a local boy and the new gal in town.”USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle

Should’ve Said No is a sweet modern-day Hatfield-and-McCoy story filled with tenderness, passion, and a good dose of sass. Tracy March’s town of Thistle Bend, and every one of its wonderfully quirky characters, made this charming story a pleasure to read!”USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry

“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor, warmth, and an old-fashioned family feud.”—Zoe Dawson, author of Leaving Yesterday

Should’ve Said No is a sweet story, a great palate cleanser and an easy read that was just enough to pull me out of a book funk.”Scandalicious
“Well written [and] incredibly relatable.”—Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Should’ve Said No was a good read and has me interested in seeing what else the Thistle Bend series has to offer in the future.”—Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
“This book reminded me of a modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet with a great added twist of mystery that kept me wanting more.”—booklovercircumspect4
“I loved the story line, the pace of the story and the eclectic cast of secondary characters. I am a shoo-in for the rest of the series—can’t wait!”—Books Laid Bare
“Readers can curl up with Should’ve Said No secure in the knowledge that they are in for an escapist romantic read and a happily-ever-after ending.”—Read Rate Review

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101884997
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Series: Thistle Bend , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 223
Sales rank: 553,093
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Award-winning author Tracy March writes contemporary romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after. Always up for travel and adventure, she has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled along the Continental Divide, zip-lined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Washington Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without craving pizza. Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband, who works for NASA.

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Should've Said No: A Thistle Bend Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
An Entertaining Small-Town Romance! Teeth clenched, she swiped the light switch next to the door, but all she got was a 'click.' 'Click, click.' "Ugh," Lindsey moaned. She'd need to flip a breaker, and for that she'd need a flashlight. But that would only fix things if the power was actually on. "I'm working on that." The deep voice with a drawl came from the dark hallway, and the man that matched it stepped out of the shadows. SHOULD'VE SAID NO by Tracy March is a lovely contemporary small-town romance and marks a captivating start to her brand-new Thistle Bend series. The series gets its name from its setting in Thistle Blend, Colorado - famous as the wildflower capital of the state - with a population of 1,519. The author's writing adeptly transports the reader into the beautiful and whimsical setting. This is the story of Lindsey Simms, an out-of-work museum curator, and rancher Carden Crenshaw. Carden also happens to be the town's handyman, filthy rich and one of Colorado's most eligible bachelors. As the story opens, Lindsey not only has lost her job at the Smithsonian, but she's also been jilted by her fiancé. Her job hunt was not going well until she learns about an opening in Thistle Bend from distant relatives who reside there. She gets the much-needed position, but there's complications. She arrives to a dilapidated rental home that was glowingly advertised to her via pictures from years ago. Even more disturbing, she finds that, as the town's newcomer, she's expected to settle a near century-old blood feud reminiscent of that of the Hatfields vs McCoys with her relatives as one of the protagonists and a sexy rancher as a party to the other side. While she's very grateful to her relations for the job and she has feelings for the rancher, she is determined to present the history of the town accurately and not take sides. However, despite her best efforts to discover the truth, the bona fide rendition of what happened in a long-ago land deal that decided the town's course remains elusive. I found both the hero and heroine to be likeable and realistic. Each had issues that had me shaking my head at them in the book. Can their blossoming romance survive once the secrets that both hold are divulged? Being a quaint small-town, the citizenry of Thistle Bend is close-knit and laid-back. Everyone knows everyone else's business - with the sole exception of being wise to what happened four generations ago to ignite the bone of contention betwixt the two quarrelling families. I got a special kick out of the Montgomery sisters, who were a cross between Bewitched, Charmed and the Golden Girls. SHOULD'VE SAID NO is well-written and well-paced. The reader can look forward to a highly satisfying happy ever after ending. I'm looking forward to returning to Thistle Bend with the next book in this series which is scheduled to be released mid-2016. I would recommend SHOULD'VE SAID NOT to anyone who enjoys entertaining small-town romances. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there! Suggested Reading Order: SHOULD'VE SAID NO (Book #1) JUST SAY MAYBE (Book #2) 4 Wine Glasses!
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
SHOULD'VE SAID NO is a cute, sweet and fun series beginner about family, love, secrets and a feud spanning several generations, very much in the vein of the Hatfields and the McCoys, only without the bloodshed. From the first page, it's very clear the direction of the story but the journey to the happy ending for Lindsey and Carden is so much fun that it's easy to hang on for the ride with them. I really enjoyed this story but my favorite thing about it has got to be the location. The breathtaking views and lush vegetation described here almost make me want to move to Thistle Bend. Curator Lindsey Simms is determined to make the best of the opportunity she has to work on the Thistle Bend museum and plans to leverage that opportunity into a job in a big city. Unfortunately, the job comes with some conditions. She cannot disclose to anyone that she is connected to one of the feuding families and is expected to use her position to suss out the real story behind the feud, while painting her family in a favorable light,of course. Well, no big deal because she doesn't plan to hang around for long, but she does not expect to be bowled over by Carden Crenshaw, the most eligible bachelor in Colorado and a descendant of the other side of the feud. Now Lindsey is caught between her obligation to her family and her feelings for Carden. Carden Crenshaw has had his share of romantic entanglements but after experiencing a crushing betrayal, all he has to offer any woman is a good time. With Lindsey however, he can't seem to keep is his heart locked up as usual, which complicates things in a big way because the reason behind his involvement with her is to sway her opinion in favor of his family. As you can imagine, their feelings for each other take precedence over the family drama and they fall headlong into a relationship, in spite of their resolve to avoid one. Ms. March did a great job with this story. She took two almost to good to be true characters and a predictable story line and added a sizzling attraction, deeply rooted family history, a decades-long feud as well as quirky, eccentric and unforgettable characters and turned it into a very engaging story that is sure to have readers coming back for more in the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute romance, and I loved the small town aspect, and the addition of the mystery of the feud between 2 prominent families was interesting. The interaction between Lindsay and Carden was fun and sweet, and they had some good romance scenes; just enough spice for this type of story. Lindsay moves to Thistle Bend for a job opportunity after a heartbreak and the loss of her job, so she's a bit down on the idea of men, but Carden; who also has had a bit of heartbreak in his life, is making it hard for her to resist getting involved. Both aren't completely honest with each other, so therein lies the problem of this story. Lindsay and Carden have an instant connection, and the growth of their relationship was a joy to read; they were adorable together, and I liked that their relationship was more than just sex; they did other activities, they had fun outside of the bedroom. I enjoyed the side characters; one of the things I love about small town books is that there are usually some interesting towns folk, and this book had some good side characters. The ending was a bit weird, and I would have liked a bit more out it, but I still really enjoyed the book, and I look forward to reading more books set in Thistle Bend.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun contemporary romance set in a small town. Lindsey packed up and moved from the big city to a small town because she needs a new job and the only one she was offered was thousands of miles away from everyone and everything that she knows and loves. She soon finds that small towns aren't so bad and in fact there is a lot to like about them also. Carden is definitely attracted to Lindsey from the minute he meets her, but he doesn't do serious and he's pretty sure that Lindsey won't go for short, sweet and fun with no strings attached. So she's off limits, but being friends and neighborly isn't so that's the plan. They soon realize that their relationship is getting serious fast and with them barely knowing anything about one another. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Lindsey was laid off from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. a year ago. Since then she has been living off her savings, which is quickly dwindling. No matter what she tried, she could not find a job. When her great Aunt and Uncle called her with an opportunity for her to open a museum at Thistle Bend, Wildflower Capital of Colorado she took it. However, there is a catch. Unbeknownst to her, there has been a long longstanding feud between the Karlssons and the Crenshaws. The Karlssons accused the Crenshaws of stealing land right from under them, which made them rich. Both families are hoping the research done by Lindsey will reveal the real truth. The first night, Lindsey arrives at the cottage she runs into Carden, the “handyman”. When she finds out the truth about him, she is mortified she asked him to fix her toilet. Carden is a Crenshaw, the most eligible bachelor in Colorado and unknown to him, Lindsey is a Karlsson. Unlike many of the books these days, there is not insta love fall in to bed immediately. While their relationship builds slowly and is solid, I did not feel that sizzling chemistry between the two. The revel of the truth for the feud was well written. This is one of those books I consider “cute” and light reading. It was quick, easy to read, flowed easily and had a solid story line. There is not a lot of inner turmoil or drama. If you are looking for a light, clean read then this is for you.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Tracy March is off to a wonderful start with her new Thistle Bend series. Should've Said No takes a years old feud and adds fuel to the fire. Lindsey is a woman who wants to move past decades old mess of her family. Too bad it is not proving to be as easy as she expected it. With such a high profile family Carden seeks escape from his responsibilities. How he does that is by getting his hands dirty, literally. Each enjoys the peace of not dealing with family drama. A storm is headed in their direction. I received an ARC of Should've Said No in exchange for an honest review. Carden and Lindsey are thrust into a situation that family loyalty and secret scandals has allowed to escalate. It's not their fight but choices have to made. Forbidden fruit is always the biggest draw.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Lindsey comes to Thistle Bend for a job with hopes to return to DC. She is not very trusting and is keeping her own secrets, but falls fast and hard for Carden. Carden is also wounded and distrustful, and does not believe in a happily ever after until he spends time with Lindsey. Their journey toward love and commitment is interrupted by family and a feud, but is put back on track by a couple of sweet, mysterious older neighbors. When they finally realized that they were meant to be together and apologized to each other, my heart jumped for joy. I look forward to the next book by Tracy March. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley for an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the Thistle Bend series by Tracy March. Lindsey Simms has just got a new job offer as curator of a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado. The museum is in a dispute between the Karlssons, Lindsey’s family, and the Crenshaws, a blood feud which goes back to a land deal that changed the fortunes of both families, so she is trying to stay objective. Carden Crenshaw is the executive director of his family trust and one of Colorado’s most eligible bachelors. He prefers getting his hands dirty fixing things. He is fixing Lindsey’s cabin. If you are looking for a great romance then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Should've Said No was a great start to the new Thistle Bend series by Tracy March. The storyline was entertaining, it had the perfect amount of drama and it wasn't overly done. It was just enough to keep you interested in both main characters. I enjoyed watching Lindsey and Carden's characters, they were likable and had amazing chemistry. Looking forward to the next book Just Say Maybe.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Lindsey Simms, a museum curator was living the good life in Washington DC last year, when she was laid off. She tried finding a new job, but after a year of looking the only offer she has in the small town of Thistle Bend, Colorado population 1519. She moves to a cabin and is tasked with setting up a local history museum that includes the rivalry between the Krenshaws and the Karlssons. Her great aunt helped her get the job, with the condition that no one would learn of her familial connections. She is instantly accepted into the community, and meets the Krenshaw heir and most eligible bachelor Carden. They are attracted to each but their pasts and families keep them initially from moving forward. Will Lindsay be able to discover the real reason behind the family rivalry and will Carden be able to Trust her with his heart? This is a cute book with a really interesting spin on a old story. It was well written, fun to read, and had a slow build up to a big reveal at the end of the book. I was given a free copy for an honest review by
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Should've Said No by Tracy March, is a great book. I absolutely loved this story, it had so much going on I was glued to it. Tracy created a great small town with awesome fun characters we get to meet. The two main characters Lindsey and Carden, what great chemistry they have. This book is a must read, Tracy knows how to get you hooked on this series. I was given an ARC of this book by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Happy sigh. Should’ve Said No by Tracy March is a charming, sexy contemporary romance story. The plot is original and the characters are amazing. I am such a character-driven reader and Should’ve Said No definitely met that interest of mine. Carden (hero) and Lindsey (heroine) are easy to read about. They had their flaws but you instantly liked them without thinking they were over-the-top perfect. Lindsey is so inspiring and I love when characters can do that for me. March created Thistle Bend as a town where everyone wants to live. Yes, there is a family feud that Lindsey is tasked to get to the bottom of as part of her job, and the town has it’s struggles but it sounds so lovely. The descriptions of the stores and houses are done so well that I could visualize the colors and vibrancy easily. I could practically taste the food that the characters were eating, too! I was constantly hungry while reading this book for ice cream and pastries. The pacing of the story was spot on as I found myself turning pages quickly. The romance between Carden and Lindsey was compelling. It was easy but it wasn’t. It had the typical do-we or don’t-we aspect but it was written well because I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to play out. The intimate scenes in the story were passionate, fit the story and characters well and the only downside was that there weren’t enough of them! However, while I wish there were more, it would have upset the flow. The supporting characters in Should’ve Said No really added an extra layer to the story and I found myself either loving them or wanting to shake some sense into them. March set this Thistle Bend series up nicely and I will be auto-reading the rest of it for sure! If you are looking for an engaging, feel-good, sexy contemporary romance, I suggest you give Should’ve Said No a try!
APB524 More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Thistle Bend, Colorado where the beauty of the Rockies is as big as the secret fueling the towns biggest feud. Book one in this new series by Tracy March was such an enjoyable read for me! Lindsey and Carden had great chemistry from their first meeting and it only got better as the story went along! Lindsey has moved from DC to sit together the town's new history museum. Carden is a part of one of the influential families in town, and Lindsey is distantly related to the other one. That fact however, is not to be widely known because part of Lindsey's job is to uncover the town secret of the longstanding feud. What neither Lindsey nor Carden counted on was falling for the other. Now the question is will uncovering all the secrets bring them together or pull them apart? This was my first Tracy March read, but I'm certain it won't be my last! Just a wonderful, at times funny, always sweet and romantic with a touch of mystery thrown in for good measure feel-good read! NetGalley provided arc in exchange for honest review.
brookeblogs More than 1 year ago
Should've Said No by Tracy March is the first full-length book in her new Thistle Bend series. I read a prequel novella set in Thistle Bend and loved it, so I was excited to return to Thistle Bend for more romance. And Ms. March delivered. Thistle Bend is the perfect small town. Having grown up in a small town, and still living there, I understand all the nuances and secrets that small towns keep. A heart-stopping love story set in a small town is something you just can't turn down. I loved every word of it and I'm already anticipating the next book. A special thank you to LoveSwept/Random House for providing me with an advance ebook through NetGalley for review purposes. My review contains only my honest opinion of the book.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful start to a new series written by Tracy March. It is set in the small town of Thistle Bend Colorado, no crime but there is a feud that has been going on for years between the Karlssons and the Crenshaws. Lindsey is the new museum curator and related to the Karlssons. No one in the town knows her secret, she meets Carden, the most eligible of Colorado, whom is related to the Crenshaw family. There is a mutual attraction between Lindsey and Carden, both with secrets that could damper their relationship or will they follow their hearts. Loved the quaint small town feeling. The descriptive writing, you feel like you are right there. The quirky town people will leave you smiling. An added plus of baseball, made this reader girl smiling. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I highly recommend this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a new series from this author and what a great start it is!! We are introduced to Thistle Bend, Colorado. A quaint small town filled with all the quirky characters you would expect to find, a couple of century long feuding families, and a town newcomer that is inevitably thrown in the middle. In this case Lindsey Simms is the newcomer and setting up the towns new museum is her job. Since the history of this town includes the land deal turn feud she has to get this part right! No one knows that she's actually distantly related to one of the families. Carden Crenshaw is one of the towns favorite sons and definitely on the other side of the feud lines. Their attraction could lead to nothing but trouble but sometimes you just have to follow the facts and your heart! This one is very well written, has great characters, and really starts the series out with a winner. I highly recommend it.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "Roots go deep here." Stars! Tracy March is an author new to me, and the first book in her new Thistle Bend series was an absolutely stellar introduction to her writing. There is a little bit of everything going on in this book, which kept me as a reader on my toes. Lindsey Simms has moved to the town to set up the new Museum, and as you can expect being a small town, not all families are on the friendliest of terms, history runs deep here and memories are long, and that is the case between the Crenshaw’s and the Karlsson’s, although not common knowledge, Lindsey sits on the Karlsson side of the fence by way of a very thin family connection. Problem with that, she has a very strong connection to one Carden Crenshaw, town bachelor and absolute sweetheart. He was 31 flavors of trouble, but resisting him seemed impossible. I really enjoyed this story, some parts of it were predicatable, when it came to keeping secrets and the inevitable car crash when it all comes to light, but then other parts were unexpected, and I found the whole Karlsson/Crenshaw feud and the resulting resolution of the situation towards the end of the book, really well thought out and executed. ”You make me believe that things I’d given up on a possible.” The romance is well paced, and as a couple I really liked the general development between the pair of them. This isn’t meant to sound disrespectful, but the author managed to take two seemingly uncomplicated and pretty unremarkable adults and give them a story that made them shine. Carden was the perfect gent and Lindsey was just the type of woman you can see yourself settling down with for a chat and a coffee, both of them were confident in themselves and their lives, and the relationship issues from their pasts added relevance, but didn’t overly dramatize things between them. ”I’m scared as hell to fall for you… But I’m more terrified to let you go.” Easy-going, entertaining and just generally a great start to a series, I cannot wait to see where the author takes this series next with the release of Just Say Maybe in May 2016. ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.