Tuesday, 25 July 2017


Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie 
that their one true home is with each other.

Maverick Junction #3
Lynnette Austin

In Can't Stop Lovin' You (Maverick Junction #3) by Lynette Austin, Brawley Odell living back in Maverick Junction is playing havoc on Maggie Sullivan's heart, especially since she'll be leaving soon for New York to continue following her dream as a fashion designer making her mark on the world. However, Brawley is determined to win her back after hurting her so many years ago when he broke up with her and left town. Will Maggie be able to forgive Brawley for what he did in the past, so they can have a second shot at forever after; or is there too much pain with what happened years ago for Maggie to overcome?
What a wonderfully-written, fast-paced, enchanting read Ms. Austin has penned in this third book of her Maverick Junction series, which encompasses the second chance romance trope; incredible characters that have been through a lot in the past and face some tough obstacles throughout this story; dialogue that was well-written and had me switching between crying and smiling; and secondary characters that I found just as riveting as the main ones because of their advice and their need to see Maggie achieve everything she's ever dreamed of when it comes to her career.
The way this story started had me loving the hero immediately, as it's palpable how much he still cares for Maggie and is determined to win her back, even though that may be harder than he thought. Since Maggie is a firecracker; a woman that has a temper as fiery as her red hair and isn't afraid to stand up to Brawley when he believes he has every right to question her move to New York. Moreover, the hero was a compelling character and I loved every moment of his journey in this book. The discoveries he makes are enough to make any grown man cry, especially with Maggie's news and what happens to someone he cares about. However, I liked how he handled the tragedies by doing everything he could to create lasting memories and honor the person who was a big influence when it came to his career as a vet. I also liked how determined he was to win Maggie back. He's nothing if not persistent and it's understandable why the heroine finds it hard to resist him. He's a good guy with a heart of gold that knows he made the biggest mistake by leaving Maggie in the past. Can he win her back? 
While Maggie, she was a delightful heroine that I enjoyed from beginning to end. She's been through a lot and suffered when Brawley left her in the past, but I liked how she managed to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and did everything to succeed in her career as a fashion designer. I also liked the tight bond she shared with her grandpa and how she would do anything for him, especially when it came to making sure everything was perfect when it came to a special day in his life. Yet, what I liked most of all is how much Maggie blossomed throughout this story, and that she did everything she could to succeed in The Big Apple, even though it was palpable she was homesick.
Overall, Ms. Austin has penned another fantastic read for this series where the chemistry  between this pair was off-the-charts; the romance illustrated how much these two still loved each other, despite the fact it was hard for Maggie to forgive Brawley for the past; and the ending had me saddened by what happened to one of the best people they both know, but had me completely charmed by how things turned out for Brawley and Maggie. They needed each other to be completely happy. I would recommend Can't Stop Lovin' You by Lynette Austin, if you enjoy the second chance romance trope or books by authors Maisey Yates, Raeanne Thayne, Jill Shalvis and Kari Lynn Dell.
Maggie Sullivan can't wait to get out of Texas. Luckily, she just got the break she needed to make her big-city dreams a reality. But then Brawley Odell swaggers back into Maverick Junction, looking hotter than ever in his dusty cowboy boots and well-worn jeans. He's the guy she still dreams of at night. The guy who broke her heart when he left her behind.

Fed up with city life, Brawley jumps at the chance to return home and take over the local vet's practice—and get back to the smart, sassy woman he's never been able forget. He couldn't be prouder of Maggie's new wedding-dress business . . . until he realizes it may mean losing her all over again. Determined to win her back, Brawley must find a way to convince Maggie that their one true home is with each other.



Brawley Odell figured his life wouldn’t be worth one plug-nickel the second he stepped foot inside Maggie’s shop. Too damn bad. He hadn’t driven the thirty miles from Maverick Junction to back out now. He was goin’ in.
After all this time, he’d come home…and she was leaving.
He grasped the brass knob and shoulder-butted the oak door. It flew open, the bell overhead jangling. Maggie Sullivan, all that gorgeous red hair scooped into a jumbled mass, stood dead-center in the room. Dressed in a skirt and top the color of a forest at twilight, she held a fuzzy sweater up in front of her like a shield. Those amazing green eyes widened as he stormed in.
“We need to talk.” He ignored the woman at the back of the store who flipped through a rack of tops.
“What the—?”
He held up a hand. “Don’t speak. Not yet.”
Her mouth opened, then closed.
Anger boiled in him, but he needed to find some modicum of control. Taking a deep breath, he held it for the count of ten, then slowly released it. “Did you plan on telling me?”
Her eyes narrowed, but she said nothing.
“You’re invited to New York City for a showing of your new line, and you don’t share that with me? I have to learn about it secondhand?”
“Last I heard this wasn’t about you, Brawley. In fact, my life, my business has absolutely nothing to do with you.”
His jaw clenched. “Anything that affects you is my business, Mags.”
She snorted. “Get real, Odell. You gave up any and all rights years ago.” Her head tilted. “Why are you even interested? You want to attend so you can show off your latest Dallas Cowboy cheerleader? Maybe order her trousseau?”
He shot her a deadly look, one that had made grown men back away.
Not Maggie. She actually took a couple steps toward him. The woman had no survival instincts. Another reason she had no business heading off to New York alone.
She tapped a scarlet-tipped finger on her chin. “Oh, that’s right. There’d be no trousseau for your honey, would there? Maybe a weekend-fling outfit for your date du jour? A one-night-stand set of lacy lingerie.”
“Shut up, Maggie.”
“Make me.” Her eyes flashed.
This time the look in his eyes must have warned her she’d treaded too close to the edge. She stepped back.
“You challenging me, Maggie?”
When she wet her lips, his gaze dropped to her mouth, followed the tip of her pink tongue as it darted out.
“Only one way I could ever get you quiet,” he said.
Her hand shot up. “Don’t even think about it.”
“No thought required. Been wanting to do this a long time now.” He closed the distance between them and dropped his mouth to hers. Fire. Smoke. Hell, a full-out volcanic eruption.

Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.


1 comment:

  1. I adored the tension between these two. It made for great chemistry and a great story all around.