Monday, May 25, 2015

ARC Review: When Love Happens by Darcy Burke

When Love Happens
Title: When Love Happens (Ribbon Ridge, #3)
Author: Darcy Burke
Publisher/Expected Publication Date: Avon Impulse; May 26, 2015
Format/Source: E-ARC, Publisher/Edelweiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About When Love Happens

In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long... 
Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake. 

After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.

Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.

My Thoughts

When Love Happens by Darcy Burke simply takes readers on an emotional whirlwind.

I appreciated that this wasn't just another contemporary romance novel in which there was love at first sight without any struggles. I haven't read the previous books in the series; however, I have read the summaries. When Love Happens picked up several months after Sean and Tori were married. The Archer family continued to deal with the death of Alex, one of the Archer sextuplets. Tori especially had a hard time dealing with it all
the guilt, the grief, the marriage. There was definitely a good chemistry between Sean and Tori, and there were moments when they emanated enough heat to melt the snow. Yet, they remained on a roller coaster ride throughout this novel.

The pacing in the beginning was slow. And initially there weren't enough details to make me feel like I was in the moment. However, as the story progressed the descriptions, especially those that dealt with the characters' emotions, were more vividly portrayed. 

The supporting characters were depicted  realistically. I liked how they helped Sean and Tori work through their issues. Yet, there were elements of  family and reality show drama that complicated matters and raised additional questions as to whether Sean and Tori would stay together or call it quits. 

Although I was cautiously optimistic about this book in the beginning, it turned out to be an enjoyable read. I am definitely looking forward to reading the other books In the series to find out how it began.


I received an E-ARC of When Love Happens from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

For more information visit Darcy Burke's Website!

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