Sunday, March 15, 2020

Tucker (McBrides of Texas #2) (Eternity Springs #12, by Emily March

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250314932, February 2020

Gillian Thacker runs a bridal salon with her mother, in Redemption, Texas. She's also starting a wedding planning business--she thinks with her fiancé, Jeremy Jones.

Jeremy doesn't share her dreams. Or goals. Or basic values. And in a series of startling revelations, she finds this out.

Tucker McBride is one of the McBride cousins, who inherited Enchanted Canyon and associated properties, and have been building a special place there. Or rather, Jackson and Boone have been. Tucker was in the army.

But Tucker got promoted and reassigned to a Washington post that had him dealing with politicians and bureaucrats in a world that makes no sense to him. So he resigned, and has come home to Texas--where he meets Gillian Thacker.

Tucker has started a business, too, in his case a survival school, teaching wilderness survival skills to those who want to enjoy the wilderness more safely, whatever their reasons.

Tucker and Gillian clash and are attracted to each other, and for Gillian, there's the issue of her engagement to and breakup with Jeremy, and a loss of confidence in her own judgment.

Gillian and Tucker, and most of the people in their lives, are likable and interesting, and worth spending the time with. Tucker's relationship with Jackson's young daughter, Haley, and the healing effect it has on both of them, is very touching.

And Gillian and Tucker's trip to Las Vegas after the final, terrible revelation of the truth about Jeremy, is wild, crazy, fun.

This is an enjoyable, happy-ending romance that's a lot of fun.

I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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