Review: I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force

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I’m liking this series, a lot. After reading the second Green Mountain story I want to Hold Your Hand about the oldest daughter Hannah Abbott-Guthrie and Nolan Roberts and their HEA, I knew this was a series I wanted to follow. When I finally got the ARC in my grubby hands I took my time. My last experience reading about this family suggested that I might want to savor this – so I stretched out the reading for over a week. Now, I haven’t read the first in the series which told Cameron and Will’s story and in case you did, there should be some familiar characters here as this is about Cameron’s best friend Lucy Mulvaney and Colton, one of the 10 Abbott siblings.

Nothing good ever comes from having secrets. Lucy and Cameron’s relationship starts out with a secret, they’re meeting up on the weekends for their super-secret dates but over the past few (non-sexual) encounters things have been getting more and more serious. Unfortunately they’ve not told anyone (including Lucy’s best friend Cameron) of their burgeoning feelings for each other. So how do you even begin to tell your close friends and family that you’re serious about a guy when they don’t even know of said guy? This is mainly Lucy’s doing because she’s convinced that nothing with Colton is going to last and so what’s the use of anyone much less everyone knowing?  This, I could totally understand. The Abbotts are a very close knit family; they work and play together so they’re in each other’s business ALL the time. Then there’s Lucy – a single city girl and as such – you just don’t tell your business to folks. But when their bubble finally breaks – there’s nothing but hilarity and obnoxious sibling heckling that had me guffawing from page to page.

Even though he’s known as the ‘mountain man’ in his family – having gone up on the mountain by himself right after high school, Colton wasn’t too much of an anti-social guy. Taking care of his family’s store on the hill doesn’t really allow him to become secluded because between his family, customers and occasional women visitors, Colton’s done alright for himself. It’s no surprise that with such a close knit environment he didn’t mind keeping his and Lucy’s relationship a secret because he really liked her and just wanted to be with her. He had good, even admirable, intentions. And even though he’s got the beard and that oversized appearance, one of the things that I really liked about Colton was that Force didn’t focus on his ‘good’ looks too much. I got to know him without an abundance of his pleasing aesthetics. He was really a gentle giant with everyone but his brothers because that’s what boys do – they fight. Molly was awesome with her verbal reprimands.

I didn’t want to like Lucy. Her rationale for wanting to keep things on the DL initially rang false but once I got to know her and her history I really started liking her. It turns out she wasn’t rejecting Colton out of turn – she had some legitimate fears. And then I met her family. It was hard to ignore her dad, sister and niece. There were a couple of moments when I thought the pressure was unfair to Lucy, but someone saved that for me and I was pleased.

There was nothing about this story that I didn’t like and I liked it much more than I liked book 2. The dialogue and repartee between Colton and Lucy was particularly fun. It was witty and sexy with the right amount of bedroom talk.  There’s very little that happened either between characters or any given situation without the reader being in the moment; there’s hardly any showing – rare combination indeed. All of the Abbotts are present and accounted for including Elmer, their grandfather, and Lincoln’s cohort. There’s even a bit of Lincoln and Molly’s romance which was really nice to read. And of course, the youngest, Max, and his pregnant girlfriend; I’m not sure what direction that’s going but I’m along for the ride.

I’m really looking forward to the next story in the series – I think Hannah’s twin, Hunter, story is up next which should be really juicy as the heroine has a thing for Will.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: A+

*ARC provided by publisher for review

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I Saw Her Standing There
by Marie Force
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley

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