Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book review: Unlucky In Love by Maggie McGinnis

Holy Guacamole!!! With each new book in the Whisper Creek series I hate this author a little more... because every time she manages to make me fall head over heels in love with a new, very handsome and, alas! very fictional, cowboy. Her books always give me a bad cowboy hangover I need days to recover from... So, yes, I love her books but I hate that Whisper Creek doesn't exist - nor do the cowboys!

In the first three books in the Whisper Creek Series, we got to meet the two Driscoll brothers (Decker and Cole) and their handsome friend Daniel, the town vet. In Unlucky In Love, we meet two characters who are new to the fans of the series—and this might be a good reason to grab the book even if you haven’t read the previous ones.

Alexis is a school nurse from Maine who got jilted weeks before her wedding—two weeks to be precise—which reinforces her idea that she’s cursed as far as love is concerned. She always got dumped two weeks before some event and always considered herself the good-for-now girl, just until someone better came along.

Gunnar is a handsome cowboy (no surprise there), who’s moved around the country all his life, following his military family even though his parents weren’t exactly the picture-perfect couple. When he had to leave Whisper Creek as a teenager, he left his heart there, so he promised himself one day he’d settle down in Carefree, Montana, buy a piece of land, build stables and start a family.

When Alexis’ sister, Katie, sends off an application to fill the position for the summer ranch nurse at Whisper Creek, Alexis isn’t sure this is a good idea. Their mother, who has a penchant for drama and for thinking she’s always on the verge of a heart attack, has always depended on responsible, caring Alexis. So while Katie enjoyed her life, Alexis had to put her mother first for most of her adult life. Now is time for Katie to step in and take care of their mother while Alexis goes and tries every other experience she’s been too scared to try before.
While Katie just wants her sister to become a new person and get over her ex, Alexis thinks this might be a good idea to show Tristan (said ex) what he lost and what a fun person she can be, so she can get him back.

When Gunnar is picked as the official welcome committee member who’ll have to pick up Alexis at the airport, he isn’t exactly thrilled. He’s imagining a middle-aged nurse he’ll have to sit next to for two hours on the ride back to the ranch. But his world is thrown slightly off-kilter when he sets eyes on Alexis—and the feeling is mutual.

Alexis had seen pictures of the cowboys on the ranch website, but she’d been pretty sure they were all professional models playing cowboy. To her utmost delight, she was sorely mistaken and Gunnar is one of the handsome cowboys she and her sister drooled over while checking out the website.

Lexi looked shyly up at him. “So. You’re… wow.” Then her face flushed. “I’m sorry. I mean, I saw your picture on the website, and I thought, no way this is a real cowboy, and now here you are. Real. And… cowboy.”

This is a sort of attraction at first sight kind of story. Both the hero and the heroine feel something spark the moment they meet, but they obviously refrain from acting on the attraction, seeing as Alexis wants her ex-fiancé back and Gunnar wants a family, not a summer fling.

“I’m not kidding. She doesn’t know a soul out here. I’m just trying to be a friendly face.”“Of course you are.” Cole smiled. “What color are her eyes?”“Scotch on the rocks.”Cole laughed out loud. “So, brown, then?”“No. Definitely not just brown.”“Oh, buddy.” Cole clapped him on the back. “Less than twenty-four hours, and you’re already a goner.”

Their time together on the ranch is beautifully described and, just like in the previous books, you’ll be pulled into the story and will be able to see, smell and feel life on the ranch. You’ll become another member of the Driscoll family, you’ll laugh at Alexis’ antics and suffer with her, you’ll fall in love with Gunnar page after page, and by chapter three you’ll already be rooting for their happily ever after.

He grinned. “Sorry. But there are way too many guys eyeing you, and I know you’re still hung up on The Idiot, and I know you’re not staying, and I know it’s all a bad idea, all the way around to kiss you… but for tonight, you’re with me, and I’m going to make the most of it.”

Once again, Mrs. McGinnis has crafted a beautiful story filled with the best elements of romance, without the annoying sex scenes that most of the time take away from the story (at least, as far as I’m concerned). There is absolutely no lack of chemistry, and you won’t be noticing the lack of sex because the writing is so compelling, you just won’t be able to put the book down for a moment. 

Coming back to real life after spending a few dreamy hours on the Whisper Creek ranch was a tough task, just like it happened with every book in the series. This is one of those books you don’t want to put down (not even for a snack or to get some sleep) but you also never want to finish. If it were possible to have the Whisper Creek series be something like The Neverending Story book/movie, I’d totally volunteer to be a beta tester!

So, well, I hope this explains why I started my review saying I hate this author (although she’s one of my favorite ones). After being enthralled by the beauty and the peace of Whisper Creek, coming back to reality sucks. Big time.


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