on December 12th 2017
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Fall in love with seven sexy and irresistible soldiers who find their courage and heart tested like never before in the battle for love! This multi-author collaborative series of contemporary romance novels is brought to you by bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Julia London, Cristin Harber and Samantha Chase. You won't want to miss a single one!
There are three things Ford Garrison wants more than anything: to build, to report to no one, and the chance to live his life without the prying eyes of the good folks of Eagle’s Ridge. Having spent ten years in the Navy as part of their construction battalion, he was able to live out most of that dream. Two out three wasn’t bad, right? Now that he’s out of the service, things aren’t falling into place quite as easily as he hoped and he ends up back home with all eyes on him.
It wasn’t as if Callie had gone out of her way to end up in Ford’s path, but somehow that happened all on its own and the town gossips were having a field day! Could she help it that she was living in the house Ford had hoped to claim as his own or that the work on his grandmother’s ranch meant they were living not fifty-feet away from each other?
Ford was determined to come home, do a job to help his grandmother and leave. Callie James is a distraction and she represents everything he has spent years running away from. Now he’s at odds with his friends, his family and himself about where his home and future are going to be.
Could he walk away from Eagle’s Ridge a second time?
Don't miss any of the sexy soldiers! Ryder (#1) - Barbara Freethy Adam (#2) - Roxanne St. Claire Zane (#3) - Christie Ridgway Wyatt (#4) - Lynn Raye Harris Jack (#5) - Julia London Noah (#6) - Cristin Harber Ford (#7) - Samantha Chase
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
FORD, the seventh and final entry into the Seven Brides for Seven Soldiers series, is a delightful look at a man who is inexplicably drawn to home and family despite his efforts to separate himself and start a new life on the opposite side of the country. This series is an unusual collaboration between seven different authors, each with their own style and their own following. Best-selling author Samantha Chase was charged with the enviable albeit difficult task of wrapping up the series, and she does so with flying colors. The characters are wonderfully complex and the plot, as simple as it sounds, is well-written and compelling.
Ford Garrison grew up in one of the most prominent families in the small town of Eagle’s Ridge, Washington. He hated growing up in the public eye so he decides to relocate to the east coast. He finds himself unable to resist the call of home, however, when friends or family need his help. It was on one of these missions to help his grandmother that he has a chance encounter with Callie James, the daughter of one of his grandmother’s maids, leading him to question everything he thought he wanted in life.
I found Ford to be a fascinating character, even though at the time, I just wanted to throttle him! He had a vision for his life based on events from his youth which totally blinded him to the reality of his life and new possibilities. Callie, on the other hand, was open to new possibilities in her life, but I wanted to throttle her, too. She was still intimidated by the differences in their backgrounds and in awe of the idealized Ford of her fantasies. While there is never any doubt that these two will eventually find their Happily Ever After, the carefully crafted journey with them to get there takes us through highs, lows, laughter and tears.
I have been a longtime fan of Ms. Chase’s ability to develop strong characters and solid storylines, and I have been especially appreciative of her ability to develop the romance between the characters without resorting to explicit sex scenes She knows when to shut the door and let the reader’s imagination take over.
While I loved the story of Ford and Callie, the book was not, however, without flaws. These flaws were not the fault of the author in my opinion, but rather the fault of the collaboration of seven very different authors. First of all, I have not read any other books by any of the other authors so there was nothing that brought me to this series until this final book by Samantha Chase, who is one of my favorite authors. The seventh book of any series, even one written totally by the same author, is not usually a good standalone novel, and I felt that I had missed so much of the background info on Ford, his friends and his family, that I never quite put all of the relationships together. The epilogue was a good summary of the series for those that had read all, or at least most of the books, but for those of us that had only read Ford, the epilogue was basically meaningless.
Regardless of the problems that I found with the series itself, I enjoyed the story of Ford and Callie and will not hesitate to recommend it to readers, especially those that are already fans of Ms. Chase. Looking forward to the next book and series that are wholly hers again.
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.