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Monday, February 2, 2009

There's Gotta Be Something More by Maggie Grey

There's Gotta Be Something More by Maggie Grey
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (172 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Lilac

The words kept running through her head:
There’s gotta be something more.
With Zach Baker, there just might be.

Divorce. Dead-end career. Disaster. Then fate steps in and changes Jesse’s life in an instant. With her dreams now close enough to touch, she moves to the mountain splendor of Montana with her young daughter. Far from city life, her plans to start her own riding school start to take shape—with the help of a certain cowboy down the road.

A girl with money and a passing interest in horses sure isn’t enough to turn Zach Baker’s head. With the ice wall around his heart firmly in place, he isn’t about to let Jesse chip away at it. It’ll take more than just the heat of attraction to melt that ice, and attraction is all he feels for Jesse, isn’t it? But then, he has been wrong before.

With strong characters and a fast-paced plot, There’s Gotta Be Something More is a fabulous read.

In this wonderful story, after winning the lottery and ending her unhappy marriage Jesse heads to Montana to buy a ranch where she can start a therapeutic riding school for children and raise her young daughter. She never anticipated the attraction she would feel for her new neighbor, Zach Baker. The feelings appear to be mutual as Jesse weakens Zach’s defenses. Thus begins a flirtation that leads to a steamy relationship between these strong-minded individuals. But jealousy and trust issues could tear this couple apart and ruin their budding relationship.

There’s Gotta Be Something More pulled me in right from the very first page and I couldn’t stop reading. The plot of the story focuses on the relationship between Jesse and Zack. These strong characters really help make this a worthwhile read. Ms. Grey did a wonderful job creating such fascinating characters. Jesse is a strong-willed heroine filled with determination and strength. Yet despite her strength, she still has a vulnerability about her. Zach, having been hurt in the past, has put up walls to protect his heart and himself from being hurt. He is reluctant to trust or get involved with a city girl thanks to past experiences, but Jesse is not what he is expecting or used to.

I really enjoyed the banter and flirtation between the couple and found myself smiling more than once during their encounters. The author did a wonderful job of creating a believable and real couple complete with flaws and emotions. I became emotionally invested in the story, and I couldn’t help but root for Jesse and Zach throughout the ups-and-downs of their relationship.

There’s Gotta Be Something More is a highly satisfying story that I definitely recommend!