Release Day Launch: I Saw Her Standing There: Marie Force

I Saw Her Standing There
Green Mountain #3
Releases Nov. 4, 2014
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There’s a budding romance on Butler Mountain, but in the hornets’ nest known as the Abbott family, keeping a secret is no easy feat…

Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton’s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it’s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her—especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn’t about to tell Cam she’s having a fling…with Will’s brother.

Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?

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In the time it took to walk across the small room, Lucy summoned her inner she-cat vixen and prepared to do battle. Unlike the visitor she’d heard Colton talking to outside earlier, this one sounded young. She’d bet there was no lack of women interested in spending some time with her mountain man.

Her mountain man. Where in the hell had that thought come from, and when had she begun to think of him as hers? Probably about five minutes after she met him, if she were being honest with herself.

Realizing she needed to pull out her biggest guns, she tugged the neckline of her dress down to put her considerable cleavage to good use.

She cracked open the door wide enough to poke her head out, but not wide enough that the strikingly gorgeous blonde on Colton’s doorstep could see inside. “May I help you?” Lucy whispered.

Cold brown eyes took a quick assessing look at Lucy and dismissed her as no significant threat. She was used to the instant dismissal as well as the disdainful look. She’d been on the receiving end of it from other women for most of her adult life. “Where’s Colton, and who are you?”

“I’m Lucy, and Colton is under the weather.”

“What does that mean? Under the weather?”

“He’s not well.”

Blondie took a step back. “Oh . . . Who are you again?”


“And you’re his . . . his . . . ?”

“Nurse,” Lucy said. “I’m his nurse. I was called in to manage his injury.”

“Injury? What injury?”

“Oh you didn’t hear?” Lucy grimaced dramatically. “The axe caught him. In a bad, bad place. Don’t tell anyone I told you this, but he might not be able to, you know, ever again.”

Blondie’s eyes got all buggy. “Ever?”

“Never,” Lucy said gravely. “It’s as bad as it gets.”

“God, that’s an awful tragedy.”

“Indeed it is. I’ll be happy to tell him you came by, but he’s on some serious painkillers. It might be a while before he’s lucid again.”

“Yeah . . . Um, sure. Tell him Angie was here, and I’m really, really sorry to hear about his . . . um, his injury.”

“I’ll be sure to tell him. It was so good of you to check on him.”

“I’d better go. I wouldn’t want to disturb him.”

“That’s very kind of you. I’m sure he’ll appreciate your consideration.”

Lucy watched Angie run more than walk to her car and smiled with satisfaction when Angie left a cloud of dust in her wake. That, Lucy thought, should take care of that. Pleased with herself and her quick thinking, she shut the door and turned to find Colton standing right behind her.

She let out a shriek of surprise.
Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney were attracted to each other as early as their first meeting. While Lucy was in Butler to present the website proposal her business partner Cameron had worked up, she and Colton decided to try a long distance, no strings type relationship. But because they were not serious, nor was either willing to move to the other’s home in order to try anything serious, they decided to keep their meetings secret. 

Colton’s family suspect something is up. After all, he shaved the beard he’s had since high school and the usually hermit-like family member has been disappearing on weekends. When his father and grandfather begin to suspect they know who Colton’s mystery woman might be, they set up a series of situations aimed to flush out the secret. 

Even when their secret was no longer secret, I couldn’t help wonder if the next page turn would find things falling apart, or who would move, or what the displaced party would do in a vastly different setting. These two could not have been more opposite if they tried -- the mountain man and the city girl. As adamant as each was that they were not willing to leave their families and jobs in their own hometowns, it was hard to watch the struggle to find a solution that would benefit both personalities AND mean they could make a relationship work. 

Where Hannah and Nolan took things slow, Colton and Lucy started with a fling and developed into an emotional bond. I loved the lighthearted, playful banter they developed and they way they had me continually laughing at their antics. 

The Abbotts are a huge family (10 siblings) with great dynamics. There is obviously lots of love and it is always fun to see the siblings play off each other, gang up on each other, and try to keep secrets from the rest of the family (which as yet, hasn’t happened for long). 

As this is the third in the series, Hannah and Nolan and Will and Cameron are settling into their lives from where their own stories left off. There are brief scenes from their points of veiw that continue to show wedding planning and settling in to living together, but it is done in such a way that it feels natural and a part of Colton and Lucy’s story too. 

Part of what I love about this particular family saga is that even though with 10 kids the potential for a super long drawn out series is there, the differences between the siblings in personality, outlook, and age means that each installment has the potential to carry on the family shenanigans while also leaving readers with completely different feelings. My reading of I Just Want to Hold Your Hand was completely different from my reading of All You Need is Love and I Saw Her Standing There. 

I only discovered Marie Force a few weeks back and before starting I Saw Her Standing There I took the time to read the first two books in the series. While This third book would stand alone just fine, I love the way it plays off the first two books. Several running jokes are continued, and as was established in the first book, the meddling of Elmer and Lincoln continues here as well. This was certainly the funniest of the three books so far, though that may also be because I read (and cried through) I Want to Hold Your Hand directly before starting this one, and the juxtaposition of emotions made this one feel emensely lighter by comparison. 

This is a series that I will continue to watch for, especially as several of the future pairings have been hinted at. The epilogue sets up the scenario for the next book in such a way that I can’t wait to see how it pans out for Hunter and Megan.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Hoping to take the magic of the island and move it to the mountains with the Abbot family, purveyors of the odd and hard to find relics of a time long gone by in small-town Vermont. Hope you'll come with me to the Green Mountains! Watch for the first book in the series in early 2014!

The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

For the Abbott siblings, the Green Mountain state has always been an idyllic place to call home. But it isn’t until they open themselves up to love that they’ll truly discover how fulfilling life can be…

Almost seven years after losing her husband in Iraq, Hannah Abbott Guthrie isn’t sure she’s ready—or able—to move on, but the attentions of a lifelong friend are making her think about it for the first time. The memory of the sweet kiss she shared with Nolan Roberts hasn’t strayed far from her thoughts, but she also fears that pursuing something with him would mean betraying her husband’s memory.

Nolan has loved Hannah for years, but he’d been giving her the space she needed to heal from her devastating loss. Now, when an opportunity arises to show her how he feels, Nolan can’t resist, but he knows earning her love will take more than a kiss. Somehow he has to prove to Hannah that finding love twice in a lifetime is possible—and well worth risking her heart
Marie Force

With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin’s Carina Press, as well as the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. All You Need is Love, book 1 in her new Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller in February. The second book, I Want to Hold Your Hand, will be out in June, and the third book, I Saw Her Standing There, is coming in November. In 2014, Marie will have eight mass-market print releases—the first five Fatal Series books from Harlequin and the first three Green Mountain Series books from Berkley. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

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