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    Loved!

    Loved, loved, loved! These Garner brothers are all so swoony and TJ seems to have it all. A little bit geeky, a whole lot rugged, and hot as sin. As the CEO of Garner Adventures he could have his pick of women but the only one he wants is Deb. Too bad she's off limits. TJ's brother Win and Deb have had a sometimes on again, mostly off again relationship of years and TJ has had to watch from the sidelines. Now Deb is working for Garner Adventures and staying away from her is getting harder and harder. I absolutely adore this series and even though each book can be read standalone I recommend you treat yourself and read them all. I'm sure you will fall in love with the little town of Glory Junction and all the characters that live there just as I have. I definitely recommend this one.
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    Outdoorsy small town romance

    This is the second in the Garner Brothers series, and while I think it could work as a standalone, I think you’d miss a lot of the background flavor. Both TJ and Deb have grown up in Glory Junction, and both are outdoorsy people. On the surface, though, that’s where the similarities end. TJ is the workaholic, business-oriented Garner brother, at the expense of his own personal life. He has a certain vision for the company, and while he’s helped make it wildly successful, he’s not satisfied. Deb, on the other hand, works as a waitress at the local diner. Though they’ve each secretly had crushes on each other since they were kids, Deb believes TJ is too good for her, and TJ has avoided Deb because of her on-again-off-again relationship with his brother Win. When Deb confesses her money issues to TJ, he resolves to help her, but the main solution to her problem is that she needs to make more money. So, naturally, he offers her the management position for his family’s company’s new retail division – something she has no experience in. “The entire business world operates under the premise that it’s who you know, not what you know. No one passes on an opportunity because they have too much dignity to take a hand up. But if you want to live over a diner, drive a busted car, and eat ramen the rest of your life, suit yourself. The rest of us will happily use our connections to get ahead and prove ourselves.” Deb is, understandably, shocked (as is the rest of TJ’s family), but eventually takes the position, and then works her butt off trying to learn on the job. Luckily, she has a network of small business-owning friends (oh, and Delaney, the fashion designer from the previous book), so she’s not going in completely blind. I was initially a bit skeptical of the whole premise, but Deb was an amazingly hard worker and had the advantage of being the type of person they wanted to advertise to. I was also a bit uncomfortable with the power dynamic – not only does TJ hire her for a job that’s she desperately unqualified for, but he’s also her direct boss. Partly because of this, by the time Deb and TJ finally get together, it’s more than halfway through the book. They have several other external obstacles, as well, like pretty much everyone in town’s assumption that Deb and Win will eventually end up together, and various characters shoving random women at TJ. Internally, Deb feels unworthy of TJ – I mean, her parents used to clean the company’s office when she was a kid, so there’s definitely a class divide. TJ, for his part, desperately wants to succeed but is also terrified of losing, to the point where he’s either unwilling to try something for fear of failing or, if he does try something, gives up the minute it becomes too hard. “Which reminds me, what are we doing for your birthday?” he asked. “Getting drunk and then setting my car on fire.” “I’ll bring the gin and marshmallows.” We’re told that a lot of Deb’s financial situation is a result of her constantly bailing out her parents, and we do see it twice in the book – once at the beginning, where she ends up “loaning” them most of her tips so they can buy firewood, and again in the middle when they need help with a plumbing emergency. While having a much better paying job that includes benefits is sure to be a big help with dealing with that expense, I know from experience that that kind of responsibility is a mental as well as monetary burden. I would’ve liked to see that covered more. Instead, there seems to be a lot of time spent maneuvering other characters into possible relationships for further books in the series, including a pretty substantial subplot with Win. While I understood why some of this would need to be covered since everyone assumed that Deb and Win would eventually end up together, for me, it took too much time away from Deb and TJ. To be contrary, though, I did enjoy Deb’s relationships with her friends. Her conversations with Hannah, Foster, and Delaney were some of my favorite parts of the book. Overall, while I had some issues with the book, I did enjoy it, and I’ll most likely be picking up the next book in the series! Recommended for fans of small-town, outdoorsy romances! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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    Contemporary Romance

    Want You by Stacy Finz The Garner Brothers #2 Glory Junction feels like a small town environment although it is flooded with tourists, skiers and people looking for adventure when on holiday and Garner Adventures has been lucratively helping people have fun through their business for decades. In this book we are told a story of a woman who has always thought she was not good enough for one Garner brother so settled for another. After fifteen years of hot and cold it seems it is finally time for Deb Bennett and TJ Garner to not only see they are meant to be together but act upon that fact. There is some indecision on TJ’s part due to the bro-code as Win has been “with” Deb for so many years BUT eventually he overcomes not only that but a few of his other issues. What issues you ask? His touchiness about not making an Olympic team, his drive to make the company succeed at the expense of his own personal life, his mixed feelings toward his brother(s)…and perhaps a few other things. This was a story that had many men seeing Deb as HOT but not acting on it because it was always assumed she would end up with Win. It was a story of Deb being in a bind due to her commitment to family at the expense of her own needs. It is a story of past beliefs and personal issues impacting the present. It is a story of coming into one’s own when finally given the chance – and taking it – to work to full potential. It is a story of friendship and community. And, it is a story of family and all it can and should be. I am interested in Win Garner, the supposed womanizer and flake with a heart of gold, and who he will end up with. I believe it just might be Darcy after a few things that were mentioned in this book ;) Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Zebra for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    Loved it!

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of Stacy Finz's Nugget and Garner Brothers series. While each book is a standalone, I highly recommend reading them all. I love how each book can be read as a standalone, but if you're lucky enough to have read all her books, you notice characters from other stories popping in from time to time. The story of TJ and Deb was a long time in the making. TJ has had a crush on Deb since they were very young. Her family used to clean at his families adventure business. Unfortunately, Deb always thought TJ was way out of her league, but she thought she had a connection with his brother, Win. Deb and Win had been an on again, off again, couple since they were in high school. Eventually, Deb realized her feelings for Win had changed and decides she needs to move on. TJ hires Deb to help with a position at their company that she's not qualified for, but he thinks she could be great at. Convincing themselves they aren't attracted to each other when they're working so close together turns out to be harder than they thought! Win, of course, has his own issues going on in this book. You can't help but have such a strong reaction to his finance in this story. And not in a good way! If you enjoy reading stories that draw you in and make you feel a part of them, then Stacy Finz books are for you. I really enjoyed TJ and Deb's story. It was sassy at times, and steamy at others! It made me laugh, and made me just feel good! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
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    Love the Garner brothers!!

    Another fun read with a great happy ending. Can't wait for Win's love story.
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