Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Blog Tour & Review: Can't Wait by Jennifer Ryan.

Can’t Wait
  Hunted Series Prequel

By: Jennifer Ryan

Releasing November 11th, 2014

Avon Romance

From the All I Want for Christmas is a Cowboy Anthology comes Jennifer Ryan’s story of Caleb and Summer. Before the Hunted series they had a whirlwind romance not to be forgotten...

Caleb Bowden has a lot to thank his best friend, Jack, for - saving his life in Iraq and giving him a job helping him run his family’s ranch. He also introduced him to the most incredible woman he’s ever met. Too bad he can’t ask her out. You do not date your best friend’s sister. Summer and Caleb share a closeness she’s never felt for anyone, but the stubborn man refuses to turn the flirtatious friendship into something meaningful. Frustrated and tired of wishing to be happy, Caleb tells Jack how he feels about Summer. With his friend’s help, he plans a surprise Christmas proposal she’ll never forget - because he can’t wait to make her his wife.

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I'm not normally a fan of novellas, but this just hit the right spot for me. A heartwarming read for cold, dark Winter evening.

Set during the holiday season, we meet Caleb and Summer. Caleb is a ranch foreman at Stargazer Ranch, working along side his best friend Jack. Both men served together as army rangers and have a strong brotherly bond. Summer is Jack's kid sister and a woman who knows exactly what she want from life:

The man I want is good and kind and makes me laugh when he puts his mind to it. He's strong and resilient. Although he's been through a rough couple of years, he wants the same thing I want for his future. A simple ranch life, living as husband and wife with our children, making a good life and growing old together, happy and in love.”

Caleb knows he is the man Summer wants because he wants the same too. However, there is a problem. It's called Jack!

When Summer wants something, she is a force to be reckoned with! Caleb, an honorable and loyal man is torn. He wants to be with Summer, the woman he sees spending the rest of his life with. But equally doesn't want to loose his friendship with Jack because you don't date your best friends sister!

The path to the eventual HEA has its bumps with some surprises along the way.

I read this as a standalone as it's the first work I have read by this author. It was a quick read and I finished it within a couple of hours. “Can't Wait” is part of a series, so the characters are well developed. Not being familiar with the characters before reading this story didn't impede the overall enjoyment of this book – if anything, it has whetted my appetite to follow them up more.

I love the author's easy writing style, it's humorous and sexy. Equally, delicate and difficult issues are dealt with sensitively taking you to the heart of the problem, without distracting us away from the overall feel good factor. I recommend to anyone that loves a story based around the holiday season, loves hot cowboys and a heroine that wont stop until she gets what she wants!


***arc received courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
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