ARC Review: Boone by Emily March

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Boone (Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas)
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: 29 December 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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With his smooth talk, rugged good looks, and deep pockets, native Texan Boone McBride appears to be a man who has it all. Few people know about the heartbreak behind his decision to leave home, family, and career for the isolation of a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Luckily, time and life in Eternity Springs has worked its healing magic upon his wounded soul, so when he meets obviously troubled Hannah Dupree, Boone sees a chance to pay his good fortune forward. The last thing he anticipates is tumbling into love.

Tragedy has taken everything Hannah loves, and her will to keep going is failing. So when Boone strides into her life determined to save her, it’s easier to go along with him than to resist. Soon she is drawn into the fabric of life in Eternity Springs, and as her spirit begins to heal, her strength returns, and she’s able to go toe-to-toe with this hardheaded, big-hearted Texan. But just when love blooms and happiness is within their grasp, shadows from the past threaten. Hannah and Boone must stand strong and united in order to defeat old ghosts—if they are to create a brand-new life together. 

CW: mentions of suicide, child abuse, and death of a child and partner (all instances occurred in the past and off-page).

I’ve been on a serious fantasy binge over the last few months and I only recently started reading romances again when this book came onto my radar. Boone is the third book in a series and can easily be read as a standalone, but my curiosity was definitely piqued about the first two books because the characters make appearances and I was intrigued by them.

Reading Boone threw me back to the first time I ever read a Nora Roberts romance. It was very different from the contemporary romances I’ve read in recent years, but I really enjoyed it! With a beautiful setting in the Colorado Rockies, there’s sweet banter between our H/H, and a good dose of the small-town community and close-knit family vibes that serve to make romances that much more heartwarming; but it also tackles some fairly serious and heavy topics involving children.

Our H/H, Boone and Hannah, both have tragic pasts that have left them completely shattered for years. Hannah’s wounds, in particular, are still quite raw and when they meet it’s the third anniversary of her tragic event. While the romance is obviously central to the story, it doesn’t overshadow the individual lives and stories of our H/H, which I really appreciated.

The truth of their tragedies are revealed slowly over the course of the story as their relationship grows and they learn to deal with their demons by themselves, but also together. Sometimes it does take a person to be your light to make you want to shake off the haze of tragedy and live life again. Sometimes it also takes a community of people to light your way through, and we get both of those instances in this story. It was very heartwarming and although their pasts are absolutely heartbreaking, there is a lot of strength in both characters, which makes them easy to root for. Celeste was also a gem of a side-character and her friendship, guidance, and charming personality was a delight to read! She’s like the perfect grandmother figure–so warm and inviting.

I thought the romance did move pretty quickly and while ‘insta-love’ usually irritates me, there was a maturity to these characters and their romance that felt realistic. I wouldn’t necessarily call this “insta-love” but it was definitely an instant connection that very rapidly transformed into love over a short amount of time. Still, it felt believable and I think that’s probably to do with how mature Boone and Hannah were. There was no unnecessary drama and angst. Things also didn’t get that steamy on-page with fade-to-black scenes so I’d put this at 1/5 on the steamy scale, but there was still some serious heat between them!

TL;DR: This to me was a classic romance that’s pretty different to the contemporaries these days and I really enjoyed it! The descriptions of Eternity Springs in the Colorado Rockies was stunning and made me wish that I could visit this small town. Boone and Hannah’s healing journey while finding love again is certainly a heartwarming story, and added to that we get a wonderfully supportive guide and grandmotherly figure in Celeste, and a charming close-knit community and family that’s the cherry on top!

Have you read Boone or The Texas McBrides series?
Or is it on your TBR?

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