Regular price: $23.94

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Lindstrom comes an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel about overcoming past wounds and the many ways we give and receive love.

Haunted by her past, Claire Ashier must protect her new home and her battered heart from Boyd Grayson—the charming saloon owner who is ruining her business. That’s not easy do when her only friend in town is Boyd’s animated dog Sailor. While tending the dog, and marching on Boyd’s noisy saloon, Claire matches wits with the handsome playboy and they develop an unexpected friendship that changes the game and increases the risk for each of them. Boyd wants more, but are the stakes too high for Claire to trust a saloon owner and open her heart to love again?

“Absorbing!” -Harriet Klausner

“The characters practically leapt from the pages, they seemed so alive.” -Dafna Yee

©2005, 2012 Wendy Lindstrom (P)2013 Wendy Lindstrom

Critic Reviews

“Riveting – a wonderful story. Couldn’t put it down.” -L. Benner
“A real page turner. This story has depth and heart, there are wonderful unexpected elements that will leave you breathless. You will not regret reading this one!” -Tammy Hooper
“Beautifully written. Much more than just a romance.” (Old Book Barn Gazette)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    56
  • 4 Stars
    49
  • 3 Stars
    23
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    63
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    55
  • 4 Stars
    44
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Series Keeps Getting Better & Better

This is such a wonderful series!. This book highlighted the romance between Boyd and Claire with the backdrop of alcoholism and spousal abuse. As with the other books, the author beautifully featured family honor, loyalty, integrity and wit along with a well written engaging story. It is delightfully sweet, romantic, and the ending was perfect! All the characters have great personalities......even the charming "Sailor" the dog! Also, the narrator does a great job with this series too.

Such a delight!! If you love sweet, romantic, chivalrous stories with wit then don't miss out on this one!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Nyoka
  • Brownstown, MI, United States
  • 03-03-14

good Morals

Amazing how a family will stick together, no matter how many troubles you have, they all love each other.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Love Can Heal Hurting and Broken Lives

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is well written and is a great addition to the continuing saga of the Grayson Brother's books. The characters were well thought out and believable. I was moved to both smiles and tears. The imagery enticed me to get into the story. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boyd is my favourite character as he embodies the characteristics of a perceptive, concerned person gently and courteously making his way into the friendship and ultimately love for the bruised and fearful Claire. His thoughtfulness and support of her was endearing.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were so many touching and emotional scenes that it is difficult to choose one above all else. However, when Claire revealed the existence of her grandmother's Journal and then the reading of it by the clandestine lover and his reaction, my heart overflowed for a love so strong and selfless, spanning decades.

Any additional comments?

This is a great read, it keeps you enthralled and it flows smoothly along. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance. You never quite know what is coming next. The Grayson family saga is a wonderful mix of love, hope, devotion, friends, that embraces the family traditions of honour and caring for others who are hurting.<br/>Claire and Boyd both have pre-conceived notions of what they think their lives should be, until they meet each other. Both have their reasons for the paths they have chosen. Antagonism to begin with and the sparks fly and what starts out with friendship turns to a longing to be more and a love that cannot be denied. <br/>Can't wait to read the next episode/book in this marvelous series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Historical romance with contemporary romance

The setup
Claire Ashier runs a respectable boarding house located near Boyd Grayson's saloon. She's a widow trying to support herself but can't keep boarders because of the noise from her business neighbor disturbing her customers late into the night. She wants to shut down the saloon. Boyd is sympathetic and taken by the lovely Mrs. Ashier but has no plans to close down his thriving business.

The issues
There's so much more going on here than a noisy saloon. Claire's deceased husband was an alcoholic and an abuser. When a group of women from the church begin talk of a temperance movement, Claire's enrolled into leading the effort. When the campaign strengthens, she's threatened and Boyd takes steps to ensure her safety. As they grow closer, they are at an impasse on how to move forward with a relationship while Claire associates alcohol with spousal abuse and marriage as a loss of independence.

What I enjoyed
There were so many layers to this story. What starts out as a simple issue regarding the noisy saloon evolves into situations regarding spousal abuse, the inequities between men and women's rights, alcoholism and family secrets. These subplots were seamlessly interwoven, making this a rich reading experience. Claire and Boyd's romance was complicated by her past and her baggage from her marriage. While there were moments where her stubbornness was irritating, it was true to her nature and the story. Boyd has his own issues, despite his affable and charming outward nature, and they have a place in this conflict.

The bottom line
I don't often find meaty and tough issues in historical romances that have contemporary relevance. This story offered so much more than the traditional romance and it was very well presented without burdening the love story. The narration continues to be subtle and understated, not overpowering a riveting story. Each book in this series seems to best the last so I'm excited about starting the next one. The Grayson brothers keep surprising me.

(I received an ARC from the author)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Love in Unexpected Places..

Any additional comments?

<br/>Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier.<br/><br/>Claire Ashier has had enough of the Pemberton Saloon across the street from her home.<br/><br/>She informs saloon owner Boyd Grayson that he needs to close it down. <br/><br/>Boyd isn't interested in doing her bidding, and tells her that he can't afford to lose business on a Saturday night.<br/><br/>Soon, the Sheriff is involved, and asks the two of them to work out their differences peacefully. <br/><br/>This is the beginning of a budding relationship between the two even though it may seem that they are complete opposites at first.<br/><br/><br/>Julia Motyka did well with the narration.<br/><br/>Note:<br/>"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Loved it!

The story was great-but the best part is the narration! Julie does a wonderful job bringing the story to life!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • DAWN
  • WATERTOWN, WI, United States
  • 05-10-15

Abused Clair finally finds love

The author continues in the books of the Grayson brothers to enable the reader to feel for each of the characters. It was a nice twist that she used abusive situations, and relationships outside of the marriage to come together with a happy ending.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Such a Smart A@@!

Any additional comments?

Narration - Julia Motyka - Really Good<br/><br/>Aw, I think Boyd is my favorite of the brothers. He's just such a smart ass! <br/><br/>That's all. :)

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Sandy
  • Orlando, FL
  • 03-30-15

Snoozed thru the 1st half, but then it got better.

I have listened to the first two books in this series and loved both of them. They had fantastic great imagenative sex scenes that were "WOW". This book was more G rated and had the boring Church ladies take over way too much. Then it got better when Clarie let her hair down and let Boyd into her life and she got into his bed and stopped letting the church ladies run her life. Not sure if this 3rd book in this series is worth a credit. Get it on sale.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Best one so far.

I have enjoyed this series and Boyd has definitely been my favorite so far. Claire has a huge change of character at the end,of which I am grateful. if you read book 2 and enjoyed it then you'll like this one too.