Publication date: November 4th 2014
My rating: 4.5 stars
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There’s a budding romance on Butler Mountain, but in the hornets’ nest known as the Abbott family, keeping a secret is no easy feat…
Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton’s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it’s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her—especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn’t about to tell Cam she’s having a fling…with Will’s brother.
Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?
Contains an exclusive Green Mountain short story!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the Green Mountain series by Marie Force you are definitely missing out. It’s one of the most charming and heartwarming small town romance series that I’ve read. I was giddy to dive in again with the Abbott family and all their quirky, but lovable members. Lincoln Abbott, the patriarch, and Elmer, the grandfather have been busy in the last two novels matchmaking and this time Colton, Lincoln’s son, was their target in I Saw Her Standing There.
Colton Abbott is the mountain man of the siblings, running the maple sugaring operation pretty much on his own. He lives without running water and electricity staying close to the family’s original way of producing maple syrup. Colton’s used to a solitary life mostly just on his own with his two dogs, and only coming down once a week for family dinner with the Abbott brood. That is until he catches sight of Lucy, Cameron’s best friend. They live six hours away with Lucy in New York City and Colton in Vermont, but they’ve been stealing every available second together. They’ve spent six lusty weekends together and what’s started off as just a good time has turned into something important to Colton, and he wants more.
Lucy has never felt the way she does about Colton, but she’s scared to go all in with their distance and reluctance to move between them. She can’t imagine the romance ending in anything other than heartbreak so she tries to guard her heart. However, Colton makes it impossible to keep the walls up with his sweet ways, and assurances that they will find a way to make things work. One of the things I enjoy so much about the Green Mountain series is the support and advice these characters get from family and friends. Lucy’s fears were put into perspective by several sources, and she begins to hope for a future with Colton.
Colton was oh-so-charming, sexy as hell, and pretty much insatiable!
“What is the deal with the Abbott men and their magic…wands?”
But he was also incredibly sweet and patient. I just loved him so hard! He cracked me up with his little temper tantrum at the lake house when his plans to have some precious alone time with Lucy were foiled. He’s just so smitten with Lucy and the fact they live so far apart makes him determined to relish every moment he has with her. I dare you not to completely swoon after you read about his visit to Lucy in New York!
I Saw Her Standing There is the third book in the Green Mountain series and it’s tied for my favorite along with the first in the series All You Need is Love which featured Will, one of the Abbott men, and Cameron. It was a big bonus to get a lot of couple time with Will and Cameron in this installment and to “see” them going strong. Both these couples could barely keep their hands off each other and let me tell you Marie Force knows how to write some sizzling scenes!
The bonus novella, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, at the end was hilarious and even better than an epilogue, and featured Colton and Lucy, and Will and Cameron going on a backpacking trip. Also at the end was a peek into the next installment, And I Love Her, which will feature Hunter Abbott and Megan. To be honest, Megan didn’t leave the best impression on me before. She was an absolute witch to Cameron, but after this story and reading the teaser, my heart has softened toward her and I hope she opens her eyes to Hunter. He’s pined away for her for so long. Aww…