Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sassy Blonde by Stacey Kennedy

From USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy comes a steamy contemporary romance featuring a brooding hero with too much baggage, a spirited heroine who is always up for adventure, and a sexy-as-hell road trip that will change their lives forever.

One truck, one off-limits cowboy, one road trip she'll never forget...

Maisie Carter has always been a free spirit. An artist by nature, she has no idea what she's doing as co-owner of Three Chicks Brewery. But she's determined to prove to her older sisters that she can be an asset to their grandfather's beer legacy. The best way to do that? Make the rounds at Colorado's craft brewery festivals and turn Foxy Diva, their top beer, into an award winner. Unfortunately, after more than one "beer mishap," it becomes clear that she's going to need some help.

Hayes Taylor knows he has a chip on his shoulder, but he has no interest in working through his traumatic past. He just wants to work on his horse farm, alone. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman, especially his dead wife's best friend, the sweet-as-pie Maisie Carter. But she's always brought out his protective instincts, and he can hardly say 'no' when she asks for his help...

As the two embark on the festival tour, beer filled days turn into lust filled nights, and neither Maisie nor Hayes can deny their growing attraction. But Hayes knows love leads to heartbreak.... Can Maisie show him that their love is worth the risk?

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Maisie is an amazing woman. She has always been a dreamer and an artist, but when her grandfather dies and leaves his legacy to her and her sisters, Maisie knows that she has to put her own dreams on hold. She can't let her sisters down. Maisie knows that she is known as the screwup and she wants to show her sisters and herself that she can be someone that they can count on. But when another tragedy strikes, Maisie has to lean hard on her cousin and sisters.

Hayes has had a hard road. He absolutely thrived in being a police officer. But when his wife is killed, he hangs up his gun for a cowboy hat and horses instead. Hayes has a way with horses. He somehow knows how to speak to those that others deem lost causes. Hayes is also seeking thrills that put himself in jeopardy.

Maisie and Hayes have shared their grief, seen each other at their worst, and become very close friends. When their friendship starts to morph again, neither really knows what to make of their newfound attraction. But when Maisie needs help, Hayes doesn't hesitate to step in.

You can truly feel the heartbreak and healing throughout this story. It made me feel a large range of emotions throughout. Each character learns about themselves and their family's strength. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. These sisters are strong, confident, and there for each other.

This is the story of two friends who find each other after a terrible tragedy. Maisie is an artist who is trying to help her sisters get their family brewery up and running. Hayes is a cop working as a cowboy after the death of his wife.

I really loved Maisie in this book. I love her role as the youngest sister, and I love the way she puts her own dreams on hold to support her sisters. I love that tragedy marks her but doesn’t break her and I love the way she shows up for Hayes. I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of Hayes. There are a few too many times where Hayes leans on Maisie without supporting her in return and I’m not sure he’s ready to be a partner for Maisie at the start of the book.

This is a romance novel but I feel like the romance might be the weakest part of the book. Aside from the relationship between Hayes and Maisie, I kinda loved everything about this book. Maisie and Hayes’ beer festival road trip is fun and I love Maisie’s artistic touches. The relationships between the three sisters are convincing and I love their bonds. I enjoyed the small town setting and the characters that are introduced in this first book.

Despite the tragedy that sets up this story, it is a light, happy read. It’s an entertaining summer romance and I’m looking forward to the next books in the series.

This is the first book in a new series, but Kennedy fans will meet up with some old friends along the way. I found it rather fun – a bit like meeting up with the same group of distant relatives at a wedding, you remember the important parts of their story and are happy to catch up on their progress. Their presence is reassuring as we get to meet this trio of sisters who are taking on their grandfather's last wishes to get their brewery going.

Two sisters are all in, but the youngest, Maisie is an artist, not a brewer or businesswoman. However, it is an all or nothing kind of venture, so she subjugates her wishes to support her sisters. She is also coping with the devastating loss of her best friend. She is not doing well in the brewery, as she tries to help and please her siblings, but other than designing the logos, she is a bit of a walking disaster.

Tasked with attending three up and coming festivals, but having just broken her finger, she asks Hayes, her best friend's widower to help. The two of them have become firm friends and she copes better with admitting to him her failings, than to her sisters. She also has started to feel real closeness to him, but is really not sure how to deal with that. Hayes was totally lost, and only thanks to Maisie's persistent support has he at least felt like he should want to live. I felt that his pain and attitude were well written, and using his work with damaged horses was like a mirror to his soul. He jumps at the chance to return the favour and help Maisie, even if resisting his feelings for her will be tough. His volatility and his calm seem to be at war, and it is difficult to see that he is ready to start a new relationship – but there is no doubt that he is feeling the want to be supportive, loving, and to shine a light on the good in Maisie. It is a very interesting dynamic, and undoubtedly the pull of chemistry is stronger than their reluctance to do the wrong thing.

I thought the story was a strong one, the care and love shown by Maisie to her sisters, and everyone around her, definitely had me wanting the very best outcome for her. I am keen to see how the Brewery goes from strength to strength and the women find their happily ever afters.

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than forty romances, including titles in her wildly hot Kinky Spurs, Club Sin, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love… in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sassy Blonde (Three Chicks Brewery #1) by Stacey Kennedy to read and review.

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