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Series: Emerald Springs Legacy #4
Published by Crimson Romance on May 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the author
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Meet Daniel, the fourth of five unforgettable characters in the Emerald Springs Legacy.
Life in the small town of Emerald Springs, Washington, is anything but slow and peaceful. An old feud between former business partners Whitman and Sanders keeps competition on a high burner, fueling resentment, renewing rivalries . . . and love. Now someone is trying to bring down Emerald Tea Farm, and it’s up to both families to protect their future while still wrangling over the past.
Daniel Whitman has a plan to turn the family resort into an exclusive eco-friendly resort, but his family thinks the timing is wrong. Undaunted, he heads off to Australia to investigate an award-winning spa. He’s immediately attracted to marketing manager Rochelle Harris but pushes it aside to concentrate on business.
After growing up with a mother who frittered away every penny her father earned, Rochelle’s only goal is to become financially secure without relying on anyone. Her innovative ideas put her resort at the top of its field, and she doesn’t need a sexy, attractive American distracting her from her plans.
The more time they spend together, the more the attraction grows. Then a disaster back home has consequences even Daniel’s not prepared for. Rochelle is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered dreams. Can either of them start their lives over, or will circumstances beyond their control force them both to take a risk and trust again?
This is the fourth book in the Emerald Springs Legacy continuity from Crimson Romance, and even though it is part of series, Daniel’s Decision reads very strongly as a standalone. After reading Daniel’s Decision, I am most definitely keen to go back and check out the first three books in the series.
Here are my thoughts on Daniel’s Decision:
Once again, Nicole Flockton has created a couple with a wonderful and immediate chemistry – one you can believe in. Both are very much “my career is my focus” kind of people to begin with, which makes it all the clearer that when these two meet, you just know that they are going to fall for each other! And in a big, big way!
I loved watching these two trying to navigate this unforeseen change in their life plans, and work their way to a happy ending.
Both Daniel and Rochelle definitely had some external (and internal) issues to deal with, but that became part of them rather than becoming the whole of them. I do love a good angst-ridden romance, but not at the expense of story progression. So big thanks to you, Nicole, for not flooding the story with too much angst. You do the emotional stuff beautifully.
Being the fourth in a series, and the first I’ve read, it would have been quite easy to lose myself trying to work out who was who, and what happened where. Luckily, Nicole has the mad skills required to weave the past stories into her own, so that it was easy to slip into the world these characters inhabit.
Another winner from the pen of Ms Flockton! Oh, and I always love a good glimpse of Australia too!