The truth paves a path for a second chance at love in a captivating Thistle Bend novel from the award-winning author of Should’ve Said No (“A small-town gem of a read, sparkling with humor and warmth.”—Zoe Dawson).
Having recently returned to Thistle Bend, Colorado, Ellie London is working hard to make a living as an artist, and to get over her broken engagement. She’s focused only on guarding her heart and healing her mind . . . until a cocky, undeniably sexy out-of-towner rides in on his motorcycle. Turns out, Ellie might have just found the perfect opportunity to prove to herself that she’s over her cheating fiancé.
After his own engagement falls through, EPA Inspector Collin Cooper is eager for a change of scenery in Thistle Bend. His principle rule of the road is not to get too involved with a new woman—and yet he can’t resist beautiful, outdoorsy Ellie. But when a local river becomes polluted under Collin’s supervision, resentment floods the entire town, running even deeper with Ellie’s family. With his job on the line, Collin needs to find a way to set things right—and hold on to the woman who has captured his heart.
Praise for Could've Said Yes
“The rustic setting of Colorado once again provides a breathtaking backdrop for [Tracy] March’s small-town romances.”—Library Journal
“I enjoyed this one so much, and I believe you will too.”—Keeper Bookshelf
“I would highly recommend Could’ve Said Yes by Tracy March if you enjoy second-chance romances.”—Harlequin Junkie
“I enjoyed this delightful, sweet, and steamy romance as much as I enjoyed this storybook sounding community. Ms. March’s writing was easy to follow, engaging, and richly descriptive. I look forward to a return trip to this picturesque community – hopefully soon.”—Books and Bindings
“Could’ve Said Yes was a sweet and entertaining romance and I look forward to checking out more from this author in the future.”—Once Upon a Book Blog
“If you are looking for an extraordinary romance with a unique plot, captivating characters and a small town romance that will have your toes curling, give Could’ve Said Yes a read.”—So Many Reads
“Tracy March does it again with her final Thistle Bend novel! Could’ve Said Yes is charming, smart and sexy, complete with a swoon-worthy hero, a heroine you can’t help but root for, and all the marvelously unique characters you’ve come to love in this series.”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry
“Could’ve Said Yes is filled with Tracy March’s signature small-town charm and warmth. Returning to Thistle Bend is always a treat!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Return to Briarwood series
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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Could've Said Yes is the 3rd and final book in the Thistle Bend series from Tracy March. I've enjoyed each visit to Thistle Bend and am sad to see the series end.
I really enjoyed Ellie and Collin's book. Since both had just ended long term relationships, yet were both completely attracted to one another, I knew their story would be a fun one. I really liked both Ellie and Collin as individuals and thought they made a great couple. As they were both coming out of long-term relationships, I didn't think they moved too fast and liked they were both upfront with an arrangement only while Collin's job was in town.
I thought the connection and the chemistry between Collin and Ellie was strong from the very beginning and loved watching them fall in love. My only issue was the secret that Collin was keeping seemed to be way bigger to Ellie than I thought it should have been. I felt like she was coloring Collin with the mistakes her ex had made in the past and honestly felt like she completely over reacted. I do think Collin should have shared the truth with her sooner, but still think Ellie was unfair in the situation.
Overall, I really enjoyed Could've Said Yes and think it was a great addition to the Thistle Bend series. I loved that we got to spend more time with characters from the other books and will miss visiting Thistle Bend. Tracy March gives her readers another emotional, funny, and sexy story with Could've Said Yes.
Rating: 4 Stars (B+)
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Sadly this is the final book in the Thistle Bend series but it is truly a great addition to the series. Each of these books can be read standalone but I've loved really getting to know the people in the wonderful little community. This is the story of Ellie London and Collin Cooper. Ellie recently moved back to Thistle Bend and she's working to make a living as an artist. Collin is in town on a temporary assignment. He's and Inspector for the EPA in town to inspect the old mine. Both Ellie and Collin have recently suffered broken engagements although for very different reasons. Whatever the reason, getting involved with someone else is hard to do. Especially when one is in town on a temporary basis. Yet the attraction between these two is too intense to ignore. Can they walk away from this when their time together is over without their hearts being broken??
This was a great read and it's one I highly recommend.
Best one yet!
Could've Said Yes by Tracy March is her best Thistle Bend story yet! While I am sad to see the Thistle Bend series come to an end, it is going out on a winner! Could've Said Yes has it all - interesting plot, endearing characters, and the best descriptions of each and every setting. I always feel like I am in one of March's stories when she begins to describe what is around us in terms of colors, smells, tastes, etc.
The story features Collin, who is visiting Thistle Bend as an assignment for the EPA and Ellie is a local girl who is just back to town and making a name for herself as an artist. Both characters are coming off a broken engagement and are little relationship shy. March writes such multilayered characters that you can't help but root for them to succeed. Both Collin and Ellie are fabulous on their own, but together they are amazing. I adore the easy going relationship that Ellie and Collin have and the way they just got to know each other in simple situations. March is able to keep the story moving without a lot of fanfare. When it comes to intimate scenes, March gives just enough show to pull the reader into the scene allowing them to feel the same emotions as the characters. She also uses them appropriately and they flow easily into the story.
I have enjoyed learning a lot about different job functions that March writes about in her Thistle Bend stories. Reading about Ellie's hand tinting artwork intrigued me enough to do some of my own research about it. I also found it exciting to read about how hazardous things can be with a mining breach of harmful contaminants into a river used for drinking water and recreation, which Collin had to deal with.
If you are looking for an extraordinary romance with a unique plot, captivating characters and a small town romance that will have your toes curling, give Could've Said Yes a read.