Series: Thistle Bend #3
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Motorcycles, New Adult, Romance, Small Town Romance
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Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.
After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.
I can honestly say I don’t think I have read a book where someone works for the EPA, sure there have been the occasional book where one of the characters is really big on the environment, but never someone who worked for the EPA. So because of that reason I was pretty interested in reading this book. I actually really loved the environmental aspect of the book, it really worked for me.
Ellie is back in town after a disastrous break up with her ex, she’s finally doing what she really wants to do now that she is on her own. She opened her own art gallery and does some side photography work for the newspaper, all in all her life is going pretty good. She also has some really good relationships with her brothers, who I really liked. So when the new guy shows up in town, it definitely opens her to the possibility of a relationship, something I don’t think she was expecting. I really liked the way the author was able to describe Ellie’s photography and art, sometimes its hard to visualize in my head what exactly an author is talking about when it comes to art, but this was really easy for me to see, and I loved it. I also really loved the dynamics between Ellie and the town, it’s a small town so everyone knows everyone, and they all really seemed like good people.
Now as for our hero, Collin I really liked him. He’s a hot guy who cares about the environment and rides a motorcycle, I mean seriously, what doesn’t work about that statement. He shows up in town trying to figure out if an old mine is leaking into a river, and he doesn’t plan on sticking around forever. Just like Ellie he is coming off of a bad relationship, so he is super focused on work and getting promoted. And then of course he meets Ellie and the two of them just hit it off. I liked how so much of their relationship came easy, especially in the beginning, it was light and fun and just enjoyable to read. Now that’s not to say that there wasn’t any drama, and it all came from Collin’s work. Something happens at work that has a big impact on the town, and let’s just say not everyone is happy with Collin. I really thought that the way that both he and Ellie dealt with everything was really admirable. There is a moment or two were I wish Ellie would have had less extreme reactions, but overall I liked them both so much.
This really is a cute story about small town living and the great outdoors. It was so easy to picture everything about this town, the author painted such a great picture. Ellie and Collin are super cute together and these two definitely know how to turn up the heat too!