He’s her rock in the midst of the storm When Maggie Ward’s world is torn apart by sudden tragedy, the only thing that makes her days bearable is Clay Thompson’s unwavering presence. He’s protective, caring, and everything she could ask for in a friend. But when she finds herself longing for more than friendship, it will take a little seduction to convince the stubborn mechanic she’s ready to start living again.
She’s his heart, whether he knows it or not Clay Thompson’s got the taking-care-of-others business down pat, only he’s never faced this particular challenge before—the one woman he’s always wanted is unexpectedly his to care for. Suddenly it’s not just responsibility driving him, but a wild desire to make Maggie truly his. But following his heart might mean sacrificing the family he’s held together for years.
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Let It Ride is the third book in the Thompson & Sons series, but works very well as a stand-alone. I have not read the other books in the series, but was able to enter into it with this book without any trouble.
In this book we meet Maggie and Clay; she is a very recent widow and he a friend of the family. Both are late 20’s/maybe 30 and we learn that they also knew each other in high school before Clay lost his mom and Maggie’s family moved. Clay put aside his high school crush to be friends with Maggie and her husband then to be a supportive friend when she needed one.
Both Maggie and Clay are extremely easy to like. He is incredibly loyal to his friends and family and it was sweet to watch him struggle with his attraction to Maggie as she dealt with her grief. Ms. Arend handled Maggie’s progression from fresh grief to being ready to explore a relationship well. These two seem to be a fantastic couple and I loved the respect Clay showed Maggie’s first marriage.
My only complaint is how worried Clay seemed to be about what other people thought of his relationship with Maggie. The point was visited repeatedly, but I never really understood it. The significance may be something that reading the other books in the series would have explained.
There was also a conflict between Clay and his father regarding his relationship with Maggie that while resolved, I didn’t really understand Mr. Thompson’s reaction. The scene where Clay and his father talked seemed rushed to me.Overall, a good book. I am looking forward to going back to read the other books in the series as well as those to come.
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