Saturday 7 October 2017


New Tricks
Redwood Ridge #3
By Kelly Moran
Releasing September 26th, 2017
Lyrical Shine

In New Tricks (Redwood Ridge #3) by Kelly Moran, Drake O'Grady has only ever seen Zoe Hornsby as a good friend, but now four years later since the love of his life died, he's ready to move on. However, the only woman he wants is the one woman determined to resist him. Yet, Drake is not willing to give up on proving to Zoe that they belong together, despite her reasons for keeping her distance. Will Drake be able to win Zoe's heart, or are her reasons for not giving them a chance at forever after valid?

Ms. Moran has delivered two must reads in the first two books of this series, and this story is another incredibly-penned, utterly captivating story, which was more emotional than the first two and had me absolutely charmed by the main characters, as a forever relationship wasn't easy for Zoe to believe she could have with Drake since the hero's late wife was Zoe's best friend. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as her ill mother is getting harder to deal with and without the support her friends desperately want to offer her but she won't take, things are becoming rather exhausting for her. Yet, she's determined and stubborn to be there for her mother, just as her mother was there for her when she was younger.

As for the dialogue, it was absolutely riveting and an enthralling combination of intense moments and teasing banter that had me enjoying how far the hero was willing to go to win Zoe over. No way would he give up no matter how much the heroine tried to push him away and keep their relationship as friends. Moreover, the heroine was resilient, brave and I liked how determined she was to help her mother, even though it was heartbreaking for Zoe in dealing with her mother's illness and wondering if letting go of her responsibilities is the right thing to do. I also liked how she did her best to honor her friendship with Drake's late wife by trying to stay just friends with the hero, but in the end it proved impossible.

While the hero, he's been through so much because he loved his wife and it hasn't been easy for him to get over her loss. Moving on was the last thing he wanted to do a while ago, but now he's ready and there's no-one more right for him than Zoe. Yet, I liked how determined the hero was to move on and that he was willing to do whatever it takes to prove to Zoe that they're made for each other. However, what I liked most of all about the relationship between the hero and heroine is the challenge Zoe provided for Drake. She's so stubborn in doing things alone and I liked that the hero proved he was there for her through thick and thin, especially with what she goes through with her mother. Will Zoe do the right thing for her and her mother?

Overall, Ms. Moran has penned another remarkable read for this series where the chemistry between this couple was off-the-charts; the romance heart-warming and full of passion; and the ending had me absolutely charmed by Zoe's wonderful news and what Drake does to show Zoe how much he loves her and how much he wants her in his life. Certainly, she's the one for him. I would recommend New Tricks by Kelly Moran, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, second chance romances or books by authors Mackenzie Crowne, Sharla Lovelace, Marina Adair and Victoria James. 


Loving someone is something you never forget how to do . . .

Zoe Hornsby has enough on her plate. Her pet grooming business tucked inside her friends’ veterinarian clinic is busy, and all her free time outside of work is dedicated to caring for her mother’s ailing mind. Dating is certainly not on her agenda. For all she cares, the town gossips of Redwood Ridge, Oregon, can set their matchmaking sights on someone else. Because no way would she consider sexy veterinarian Drake O'Grady her perfect guy. Once upon a time, she may have harbored a little crush, but he’d only had eyes for her best friend. And the crazy attraction building between her and Drake now? Down boy, down.

After Drake lost his wife to cancer, he’s finally clawed his way out of grief and beginning to feel more like a part of the human race. But he’s appalled to learn his prying family thinks he's ready to jump in the dating pool. And the woman they thrust at him couldn’t be more inappropriate. As his dead wife’s best friend, Zoe is off limits. Even if they seem to share a common sadness, she is too potent a personality to get romantically tangled with. Yet she’s making his heart beat and blood roar like he never thought it could again. And he doesn't want to just exist anymore . . .

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  1. Drake is my favorite of the O'Grady brothers and I'm so glad he got his happy ever after.