Review | When Love Happens by Darcy Burke

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Review | When Love Happens by Darcy BurkeWhen Love Happens by Darcy Burke
Series: Ribbon Ridge #3
Published by Avon Impulse
Release date : May 26th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: eBook
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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.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What’s happened a lot this year, is that I pick up a book in the middle of series and have this uncontrollable urge to start the series over. And I am happy to add the Ribbon Ridge series to that list!

When Love Happens focuses on Tori and Sean. After a quick Vegas wedding, these two have spent months apart due to a tragedy that rocked Tori and her family. Sean is determined to “win” her back and when the opportunity comes up for him to visit the Archer family, he takes it.

There were many things I truly loved about When Love Happens. I love the setting, the writing – the family dynamic and Sean. But it was really, really difficult for me to root for Tori, even like her at times. Part of this, was because I didn’t understand her need to push Sean away. I know she is hurting, and harbors a lot of misplaced quilt, but the extremes that she goes to push Sean away was really hard to read. Sean didn’t deserve it, at all.

Sean however, was one of the sweetest, sexiest men I have read about in a while. His love for Tori is plain as day – and while there were times I wanted to throttle him for letting Tori push him the way she did, I admire his dedication to her at the same time.

As mush as I disliked Tori at times, I loved these two together. Once Tori let (some) of her walls fall, the chemistry between these two is intense. The banter is hilarious and i loved how they spent some time together, “getting to know each other” again.

I adored the tight-knit family dynamic. Tori is one of the sextuplets, and I loved getting to know each one. Sean too, is close to his parents and cares for them remotely.

The story is told in both Sean and Tori’s POV, but even though its 3rd person, the distinct difference in the narration was perfection. The voices are distinct and I was never confused about whose POV I was reading. I also  never had that feeling that I was missing out on a story – since this was IS the third installment – but I was confused at first to who was who. It takes a little time to get into the swing of things.

Overall – I adored When Love Happens. It’s a feel good book – one I highly recommend. Also, Sean has an accent!



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

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