In Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen.
I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me.
I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it.
Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we’ll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.
Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too.
As an avid romance reader, I have a bevy of book boyfriends – those heroes whose character is the perfect blend of gentleman and bad boy…who continually rise above the bullshit and take control by going after what they want, proving once and for all that they live life on their own terms regardless of other people’s viewpoints or attempts to thwart any aspect of who they truly are.
In my collection of book boyfriends, there are quite a few of Meghan March’s heroes, even the ones who seem more anti-heroic than not, but after finishing the conclusion of Boone and Ripley’s duet, Boone Thrasher has springboarded to the top of my list!
March does one hell of a job showcasing the many facets of Boone’s character. There’s a depth to him that she allows readers to clearly see beneath the glitz and glamour of being a country music star. And, his down-to-earth demeanor is reinforced when he brings Ripley to his hometown and settles in with his family at his back. It says a lot about a person in how he treats his family once he’s made a name for himself and it’s clear that Boone remembers where he comes from and who allowed him to work for his goals by creating a solid foundation around and beneath him.
Ripley may not have the family that Boone does, but she proves her strength of character in all that she’s endured since losing her mother and becoming her father’s whipping post. Ripley has felt insignificant for so long that the struggle to stay afloat is the only thing she really knows. She’s lived her whole life burying her dreams, fighting through disappointment and loneliness only to be thwarted time and time again because there’s no fairy tale for her, no happy ending that allows her to keep her mother’s memory alive while living her life on her own terms without the pressure of holding everything and everyone together.
But in Real Sexy, Boone gives Ripley a shot at a life outside the walls of her family’s bar – a life where she can live the dreams she buried and figure out what she wants to do with her life, and while Boone and Ripley face a series of complications, all that threaten to undo the progress that Boone has made in claiming Ripley as his own, he refuses to give up now, especially when he’s so close to having everything he wants and needs and as long as Ripley keeps an open-mind and allows herself to see just how worthy of a woman she is and just how connected they are despite the limited time they’ve known each other, what was supposed to only be one night can turn into a lifetime of happily ever afters.
Boone and Ripley’s story focuses on what’s important in life and the fact that proving one’s worth shouldn’t be based on how others see them, especially those who don’t want to see them succeed, but rather, on people and ideas that matter. From the very beginning, Boone saw Ripley as the strong, capable woman that she is and he fought like hell to bring down her defenses so that she would willingly give them a shot, and while it was definitely a struggle because of the shitstorm that Boone’s stardom and Ripley’s past created, as long as Boone and Ripley are doing what they want with the people who matter most to them, that’s all that really matters.
I can’t get enough of Meghan March’s words, setting, and characters. She’s one hell of a storyteller who creates the perfect blend of realism, sensationalism, and romanticism, keeping readers engaged and coming back for more.
4.5 Poison Apples
I have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.
Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.
The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.
The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.
I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place.
Now the only place I want to put her is under me.
I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started.
Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.