Crushing on Love
(The Bradens at Peaceful Harbor)
Publication date: September 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Bradens are a series of stand alone novels that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger series.
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In CRUSHING ON LOVE…
Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.
Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance.
When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?
The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom big family romance collection. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books.
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3.5 romantic stars.
I really liked the book… Then why the 3.5 stars you ask? Well, let me tell you first the good stuff, and then, I’ll tell you why the 3.5 stars.
This is the story of Shannon and how she is trying to find herself and ends up finding the love, the support and the freedom she was looking for.
She is all bubbleicious, and pushy, and a people kind of person, that loves being in the center of the whirlwind of a crowd. And now she has left her hometown and has ventured to the mountains to find herself, and do a little of investigation on the fox dens in the area.
“Son, when you find the right woman, she doesn’t saunter into your life. She invades it, silently and effortlessly, like air or steam, and before you know it, she’s taken up residence in your heart” he said with a thoughtful gaze. “That’s how you know she’s your forever love”
Steve is the loner kind of guy that everyone likes, but really can’t quite understand. Especially his lone form of living, up in the mountains. He is very good at his job of preserving, maintaining and helping in the Mountains.
Until he meets a pushy lovely in pink girl that is the complete opposite of him, and turns his world around.
“It’s Happy Pack time, Buttefly”
The story is really romantic, very swoon worthy, it is told by both sides of the characters. They are well written and you do have a very well sense of who they are, and what they want.
The 3.5 stars are because I think the author milked the story a little too much. I won’t delve much because I do not post spoilers. But about halfway through the book the problem between them is set, and they just keep repeating and repeating and did I mention repeating the problem with no solution in sight.
The rest of the book is very nice, there is not a lot of angst, just lovey dovey swoony love. They help solve a problem together and that part is fun and very enjoyable to read.
All in all I do like it, if you like romantic books, with a happy ever after, then this book is for you.