Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Keep On Loving You by Christie Ridgway

Title: Keep On Loving You
Author: Christie Ridgway
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Cabin Fever #4
Main Characters: Mac and Zan
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In an enchanting new romance from USA Today bestselling author Christie Ridgway, love comes home to Blue Arrow Lake when childhood sweethearts get an unexpected second chance… 

Mackenzie Walker's siblings have all found their happy-ever-afters, but she has everything a single girl needs in her California mountain hometown. Family, friends, a thriving business…and memories of Zan Elliott, her first love, whose touch—and betrayal—she's never forgotten. Now, ten years after he left town, Zan returns to manage his late grandfather's estate…and flip Mac's life upside down with one heated glance. 

Documentary filmmaking has taken Zan all over the globe, yet nowhere was far enough away to make him forget Mac. Seeing her ignites their incredible chemistry all over again. Mac's trust won't be easily won, however, especially when Zan's inheritance jeopardizes her family's hard-earned dreams. But every moment together is challenging Zan to stop living life through a lens and dare to let his guard down for a chance at forever…

My Review:

Ten years. 117 empty postcards with only the letter "Z". No way for anyone to reach him. No way to know what was happening in his life. He left with only a single day's notice...and it broke Mac. 

If I were in Mac's shoes, I'm not so sure I could have been so forgiving, because what Zan did was cruel, with leaving her like that. But the postcards made it so she couldn't ever move on and I think I would have found that unforgivable. Mac deserved so much more. 

And I get it. Zan was broken too. He had his warped reasons for why he did what he did. But gah...10 years. No word...at least not a real one...an initial doesn't count.

But now he's back...and he still doesn't get it. How much he hurt her. How much he scarred her. How much he BROKE her. For so much of this book, I wanted to knock him upside his selfish, broken head and knock some sense into him. And then I wanted to go to Mac and give her a hug where she could cry it out. Because they are so good together...Mac and Zan are legend, in just how good they were together...and that chemistry is still there simmering between them, hot and ready. But they aren't. 

In fact, they're even less ready than they were 10 years ago. Now they have the layers of 10 more years of hard life lessons to hold them back, to keep them both for reaching out for what they really want. 

I had to laugh...there is a thread of Pride & Prejudice running lightly throughout the book and that is so darn appropriate for Mac. She doesn't have anything left besides her pride and she's holding onto that with everything she has. 

But for Zan, the thing that's holding him back is something much deeper. Inside he's still that little boy who lost EVERY single person in his family. He's still so deeply wounded and scared. Scared to care. Scared to love. Because then that opens him up to that soul-searing possibility of loss. Not an acceptable risk. 

This story was so emotionally satisfying. There is a lot of angst for these two characters and in the backdrop is another romantic story line that was equally satisfying. I also LOVED getting to see all three weddings for the couples from the other three books in the series. This is a series built around a family of four siblings. This final book focused on family and what that means and was the PERFECT ending for the series.

I enjoyed it and I've enjoyed the entire series. You don't have to read them all. They all work perfectly well as stand-alones, but it is a really good series. If you like contemporary romance set in a small mountain community, you probably will like these books. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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