When Love Happens (Ribbon Ridge Series #3)

When Love Happens (Ribbon Ridge Series #3)

by Darcy Burke

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In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best-kept secrets don't stay buried for long...

Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn't actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.

After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed…fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets—the former stars of a reality TV show—to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.

But Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. Yet their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062389343
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: Ribbon Ridge Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 60,618
File size: 562 KB

About the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional, contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age eleven, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan that loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. In her “spare” time, Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a twelve-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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When Love Happens (Ribbon Ridge Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole series is great. Can!t wait for the next book.
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Good read. Highly recommend.
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mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Tori Archer is a member of the famed Archer Sextuplets family, and is quite use to always being in the spotlight, which makes it quite surprising she's managed to keep her little secret a secret this long. After meeting English television producer Sean Hennessy, and dating for only five weeks, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get married in Vegas. The next day Tori finds out about her brothers death and is devastated, she retreats to Ribbon Ridge to be with her family and leaves her new husband confused and alone. After six months of being back in Ribbon Ridge Tori still hasn't gotten the courage to tell her family about her new husband, but that is all about to change when he shows up on their doorstep. Sean has been sent to Ribbon Ridge by his boss to try and convince the Archer Family to do a televised reunion special. The last person Tori expects to see in their little town is Sean, and now that he is here she has come to the realization that she must tell her family about him. Sean is on a mission to reclaim his wife's love and affection, but she isn't quite ready to let him back into her heart or her life... I always enjoy my visits to Ribbon Ridge, because I know I am in for a real literary treat. Ms. Burke has found a way to not only focus each new installment in the series around one of the Archer children but also continues to update readers on the other characters in the series, and blend it all together seamlessly without interrupting the flow of the story. While I think these books could be read as stand alone titles, I also think that after you read one you'll be dying to get your hands on the other installments in the series! I have truly enjoyed reading each new installment in the series, and cannot wait to see what Ms. Burke has in store for this family next. I highly recommend you add this series to your reading list, they are all very satisfying reads that will leave you with a smile on your face and a warmed heart!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read of the series, and I fell in love with the Archer family. The unique bond they have, the love and support they give to each other, and how they call on any stupidity and apathy from each other. The family is in despair, one of their own, Alex, had killed himself. I think the suicide aspect was dealt well in the book. The different ways the family members dealt with the pain, loss and sorrow was evident. Tori didn't deal with the loss of her brother that well. She withdrew from feeling anything, submerged in her work. Mostly, she wanted to forget she ever married Sean, planning on asking for divorce, without even trying to make their relationship to work. She was acting out, and even used other people to gain her goal. She is very unlikable through most of the story. She realizes this herself, but still continues to be rather self centered, spoiled and rude. She does come through at the end, but it seemed a bit over the top after her previous behavior. Sean is so solid, he is loyal, kind, understanding, and has more patience than anyone should. He supports his parents financially to give them a better life, he works in an uncomfortable and difficult environment under horrid leadership. But he makes the best of it all. And he loves Tori, would be there for her if she allowed it. The chemistry between them was there, but there was lots of uncertainty, doubt, and angst around it, making it rather realistic, and real. Overall, I felt the story was heartbreaking, the mourning of Alex, and the consequences his death had on the family members was sad. The journey towards healing wasn't easy, especially to Tori and her parents. I liked how the family pulls together, even tighter at the end, and how open armed they accept Sean. Sean with his stellar personality was the star of the story. ~ Three Spoons
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
I really wasn't sure I was going to like this one going in, but wow did I love it!  Tori Archer has made what she believes to be the biggest mistake of her life.  Her hasty marriage to sexy Brit Sean takes place the night before her brother's suicide.  To make matters worse, she missed a call from him in the early morning hours and blames herself and by extension Sean for not being able to save him. Sean is head over heels in love with Tori, but after taking a job overseas for 6 months right after Alex's death and having her shut him out completely, he's not sure they are going to make it.  Especially since his boss is demanding he secure a special on what the Archer's are up to now. There was just so much emotion packed into this one.  The Archers are, as always, absolutely amazing.  Tori and Sean's struggle is so gut-wrenching.  At times you will want to throw this one and say there is NO WAY this will ever work, and you may even find yourself wondering why Sean would even WANT to work things out with Tori.  But stick with it, it is sweet, passionate, and even a little funny from time to time (pool anyone?).  This is another wonderful installment of one of my all time favorite series.  *I was given an ARC in exchange for an HONEST review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Darcy Burke's Ribbon Ridge Series! Tori seemed to have it all going for her a job that she was successful at, a family that loved and supported her and a husband that she thought she loved and wanted to spend the rest of her life with if only the guilt would go away that she has carried around since her brother's death. Now she wasn't sure that any of her life choices mattered or if she even wanted them including her husband.  Sean was finished with his job that had kept him away from his wife for months. With very little contact or communication he wasn't sure their marriage was going to make it or if he wanted to continue fighting for it. They had had very little time together before her brother had passed away and then Sean left for Europe for his job. How does a marriage work when both people haven't even seen each other let alone barely communicate?  Once Sean sees Tori again after all of those months he realizes that he wants it to work. Tori and their marriage is worth the fight even if it means losing his job.  I'm looking forward to reading more books in this series. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.   Lori P
AneMailname More than 1 year ago
Tori Archer seems to have her stuff together. She has a great job, she is beautiful but humble, and she has a great family. Her brother's sudden suicide has hit her very hard, but she thinks if she can keep focused on work and the family's new venture called "The Alex", she can get through it. Tori does not realize she has shut her feelings away and also shut out her loved ones. One person, in particular, feels her cold brush off. Her Husband Sean Hennessy. She married a man she barely knew and then her brother Alex dies the next day and Tori shut down. She never even told anyone she was married. Sean is a television producer so his job takes him out of the country quite a bit. He has spent the last few months on the other side of the world. Trying to give Tori the space she wanted to heal. What he does not know is how he can win her back after she told him she wanted a divorce. His boss want to do a "where are they now" show about the Archers who had a short show about the kids being sextuplets. So Sean sees this as an opportunity to get back with his wife. He loves her and is very serious about the vows they took. Tori is a hard woman to get close to these days. You can tell she is hurting but wants to try to keep herself together. Sean just wants his wife back and after meeting the Archers, he would love to be a part of this family. You can see that grief has hit them all in different ways and some of them are dealing with it, some are just shoving it in a box to deal with later. Tori does nothing but push Sean away and pretty much everyone else. She blames herself for Alex's death just like they all did at one point or another. Her brothers and sisters try to help her, but it is Sean who can help her if she will let him! But she is convinced a divorce is the only way to move on and forget the pain of losing Alex. So she tries to make Sean want a divorce. This part is hilarious! Some of the things she does are so funny! It reminds me of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." There were 6 kids born at once so, just like in the real world, some of them have medical issues, and I am so happy to see the author never glosses over these issues, but they are included in the story and make the characters who have these issues more human and real to me. This story is a great continuation of the Ribbon Ridge family. The heartwrenching after effects of losing a loved one that is so close to you are evident here. The writing is superb! Having read all 3 books and the novella, I feel like I know these people and would love to hang out with them for a weekend! Everyone has flaws, but they are a genuine, loving family who only want what's best for everyone else. I simply can not wait for the next book! *I received an advanced copy of this novel for my honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You’ll love this book if: You’re already familiar with the Archer clan and can’t contain your joy over the next installment in the series!! THE STORY: On a whim, Tori Archer and Sean Hennessy married after a 5 week “courtship”, and now they’re questioning whether or not it was a mistake. The morning after their wedding, Tori’s brother (and fellow sextuplet) Alex, killed himself, leaving her grief-stricken and unable to commit to the marriage. Now, 8 months later, Sean’s job brings him to Ribbon Ridge, Tori’s hometown, to produce a special show on the Archer sextuplets. But first, he must make his way back into Tori’s heart and prove their marriage is worth a chance. MY THOUGHTS: I am SO SO SO happy to be back in Ribbon Ridge with the endearing Archer family! Darcy Burke has created such a unique and fun series, I just can’t get enough! These books are charming, full of familial heart, and not to mention… HOT! This is our fist time seeing Tori in the spotlight, and can I just say, she drives me batty! Her aloofness makes me insane! Just once, I’d like to see her being transparent with Sean and her family. (Come on, woman. You can do it, I know you can!) Sean is fully aware of her and the distance she’s put between them, but luckily this man is invested in her, is honorable, and attempts to bring light back into the life of the woman he loves. And he’s British. With an accent. Hubba hubba! Great story, fabulous cast. As always.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
When Love Happens is another emotional installment in the Ribbon Ridge series. The author invites the reader back to Ribbon Ridge, where Tori is hiding a big secret from her family - her marriage to TV producer Sean Hennessy. I really enjoyed how the author brings Sean back into Tori's life. I could feel Tori's discomfort when Sean arrives and it was clear she and Sean weren't on the same page with regards to their relationship. I love Sean. The author did a fantastic job of "making him British". I usually don't like reading novels written by Brits or set in Britain because the terminology is different enough from American English to make it difficult for me to understand. That was not the case here. Sean has a few expressions and things that he says that are clearly British (brilliant is a common phrase for him), but its not overwhelmingly British. It's enough to help me hear Sean's voice with a gentle, British accent, but not overwhelm me with terms that I don't understand. Sean's got a great sense of humor and a very likable personality, and there's no question as to why Tori's family likes him immediately, even as she was trying to get rid of him. But, he's no pushover. Sean tolerates great deal from Tori as they attempt to navigate their current relationship but when she pushes too far, he protects his own integrity and leaves her to wallow in a life of her own making. And that was probably the one part of the story that I didn't like. I've read other reviews that enjoyed the "Operation Divorce Me" section of the book, but I really disliked that part of the book. I understand why Tori has decided that her marriage to Sean shouldn't continue, but the way she went about it was juvenile. Her attempt to create a hostile living environment for Sean was immature. I wanted to reach into the book and smack Tori upside the head. Sean is a good sport and recognizes quickly what she is trying to do, but as a mature adult, Tori should have been honest with Sean instead of continuing to lie to him, and manipulate him with childish games to get him to give her a divorce. I was happy when Sean decides that he's had enough and leaves. But of course, we know that's not the end. Tori redeems herself somewhat in my mind by the end of the book, but she lost a few points in my book due to her behavior with Sean. My 4 star rating is primarily based on my dislike for how Tori handles her relationship with Sean. Alex's legacy continues in When Love Happens. I think I felt more urgency around knowing his thoughts about his suicide in this book more than the others, perhaps due to Tori's connection to his final moments. Tori is driven by extreme guilt that Alex reached out to her before the end and she has spent most of the time since his death living in grief, but not really living. Alex's death affects everything she has done since and it took Sean, and her family, to dig her out of the hole of grief she was slowly burying herself in. I like that each sibling is getting a letter from Alex when its most important in their story, and I feel like I'm getting to know Alex through these stories. Despite my overall concerns regarding how Tori handles her relationship with Sean, When Love Happens is another great chapter in the story of the Archer family and Ribbon Ridge. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
I had so much fun with this story. When Love Happens is a little more light-hearted than then the first three books in the series. Sean and Tori were hilarious. After a quickie marriage, Sean and Tori go their separate ways too deal with life events. He to finish work on a film, her to deal with the unexpected death of her brother. Tori realizing the marriage was a mistake has kept news of it close to the vest, so six months later when Sean shows up she is surprised and determined to forget it ever happened. But Sean has another motive for arriving unexpectedly and it involves Tori and her siblings. Can these two work out their differences and find an everlasting love or will secrets destroy them forever? Darcy Burke has written an entertainingly delicious story that I would recommend to anyone. Received an ARC of this book for an honest review.