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No Better Man (Heart of the Rockies #1)

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"Charming, witty, and fun. There's no better read. I enjoyed every word!" --DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times bestselling author A DARING PROPOSITION

When it comes to business, Avery King always comes out on top. So after a very public breakup, work is the perfect excuse to flee the Windy City for the gentle breezes of Aspen, Colorado. Her mission: acquire the land of a ru
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Forever
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Ami
3.5 stars

I had this book for a while now but never felt compelled to urgently read it, maybe because I didn't like the cover much (*lol*). I like my CR cover to have both the hero and heroine. Sara Richardson is a new-to-me author and I believe this is also her debut.

Well, I liked it. First chapter immediately got my attention -- I said "sh*t" during the public proposal scene because I knew what would happen. Lesson to you guys, if you're not certain that your girl will answer yes to your marri
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Pam
May 27, 2015 Pam rated it really liked it
This is a great start to a new series by a debut author. I enjoyed the beautiful setting of the Colorado mountains, the adventurist characters that will hopefully be featured in future stories and of course the hero and heroine who find their attraction can’t be denied.

Avery King works for her father Edward; she is a hard worker who has just gone through the most humiliating experience of her life that was played out on national TV. Her father decides that it is the perfect time for her to compl
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Give Me Books
May 27, 2015 Give Me Books rated it really liked it
A sweet romance for a cold day….

Avery King is the heroine of this romance and she is sweet, funny and easy to like. She is also loyal, so when family expectations put her at odds with Bryce Walker, the sparks fly.

Bryce is struggling to restore many things in his life, including his family home and his reputation. To say he is less than welcoming to Avery and her proposal is an understatement. Their goals are very different and neither one wants to back down; they both have very personal reasons
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Danielle
May 29, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I went into No Better Man assuming it was going to be a light and fluffy contemporary romance and I couldn't have been more wrong. Don't get me wrong, there wasn't a lot of drama and unnecessary angst but Avery and Bryce's relationship was anything but easy.

Bryce has had a pretty crappy life the past few years and now that he's finally starting to turn his life around he's about to lose his ranch. When Avery shows up with an offer to buy his ranch, he immediately turns her down but Avery isn't a
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Jacob Proffitt
Apr 24, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I wanted to like this book, but it just doesn't work for me. Avery is supposed to be this highly successful business negotiator but she bumbles and hedges and screws around so much I just can't take that seriously. It was bad enough when it looked like it was hormones (note to the editor: not pheromones, yes, there's a paragraph where she takes a moment to get her pheromones in order after first seeing Bryce) making her stupid. But it's as much authorial dictate as it is anything else. Her emoti ...more
Bette Hansen
Dec 27, 2015 Bette Hansen rated it it was amazing
Awesome read. Fantastic story and I loved the characters. Bryce is flawed and a bit broken but you can feel there is a good kind man struggling to come out. Avery is witty and fun and desperately in need of a little freedom. These two together worked perfectly. I will definitely be reading the rest of the books in this series. Ms. Richardson has a new fan for sure. I highly recommend this one.
Maggi Andersen
Oct 10, 2016 Maggi Andersen rated it did not like it
I wasn't impressed. While a quick read for its 350-some-odd pages, I think the plot was a little too fast-paced. I don't think the author had a decent concept of time -- they were falling for each other after just one day, then four days passed, then suddenly someone says she's been there for two weeks. Huh? The story itself had promise, but was hindered by the author's poor writing style (she speaks in a lot of cliches -- it's all very tired, been-there-done-that sort of stuff). The character ...more
Britt, Book Habitue
Meh. Not my thing but then I didn't expect it to be.
Asheley
May 18, 2015 Asheley rated it really liked it
With a great setting and an enjoyable cast, the Heart of the Rockies Series seems to be off to a great start. I loved No Better Man, featuring Bryce Walker and Avery King.

Bryce is about to lose the family land. The ranch is in debt and has fallen into disrepair after he was away for a few years following an accident for which he carries tremendous guilt and shame. Bryce has trouble seeing the bright side of things in the recent past and works nonstop to earn back what was lost while he was aw
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Nicole
Nov 03, 2016 Nicole rated it did not like it
2 weeks?? Really?? But that was the least of what was wrong with this book.
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Jul 31, 2015 OpenBookSociety.com rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Avery King needs to leave Chicago before she is run out of town by angry Chicago Cubs fans. She turns down a marriage proposal from one of the city’s favorite pitchers during the seventh inning stretch. She humiliated him in front of thousands, and to make it even worse, the Cubs lost the game. So when the opportunity arises to travel to Colorado to purchase a rundown ranch for her father, she is more than ready to leav
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Maviny
Oct 08, 2016 Maviny rated it liked it
I read this in a day, don't judge me. I liked the storyline but I felt there was way too much sexual tension throughout the whole thing. I just wanted to scream at the characters to grow up!
Sheyla ✎
May 23, 2015 Sheyla ✎ rated it really liked it


Avery King is the heiress of Tycoon Edward King, owner of King Enterprises. Yet, Avery doesn't care much about her money. She cares about the Chicago Cubs and a simple life. She works for her dad and after a very public marriage proposal which she declines she moves to her next big work project. Her dad wants her to obtain the land where he and her mom where happy once. Avery knows she must do this. She has watched her dad suffer after loosing her mother. Whatever it takes she is determined to
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Jen
Oct 30, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

No Better Man is the first novel in the Heart of the Rockies contemporary romance series from author Sara Richardson and it's such a great series starter in that it gives readers a beautiful love story about second chances, in both life and love. Avery King and Bryce Walker are adversaries but that's because Avery wants something Bryce has and he refuses to give it to her--Walker Mountain Ranch. Even with her business savvy, Avery isn't a shar
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Annalisa Gatti
Sep 24, 2015 Annalisa Gatti rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, project-52
This review will be short and sweet. I liked this book. I don’t have any major complaints but I also don’t have any major praises. It was a quick read and kept me entertained while I was sick (a nasty cold that still lingers, thank you very much). Richardson wrote good characters, they had good chemistry though things seemed a little rushed or over the top in terms of believability.

SPOILERS AHEAD***

Avery and Bryce were nice characters and they were well-thought out. Their initial reactions to ea
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Monica Cardoza
Jan 16, 2016 Monica Cardoza rated it really liked it
*** 4.5 Stars ***

This is a new author to me and wow did I like her writing and the characters that she created. I love losing myself in a story especially when the weather outside is cloudy because a story that warms me in the inside is the best thing. This story was a good read that was set in a wonderful ranch that was able to be foreclosed but one man would do anything to in order to keep what belonged in his family even if that meant losing his heart.

Bryce Walker was a man on a mission but h
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Michelle
Sep 16, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
A new-to-me author in a brand new series. Avery needs an escape. After a very public breakup she's ready for a little quiet and a chance to close the loop on a business deal for her father so she heads to Colorado to try and purchase a resort. Bryce spent the past three years trying to crawl out of the hole that has become his life and the first step is to rescue his family's ranch, bringing it back up to scratch so that they can start welcoming guests again. But with the bank breathing down his ...more
Deanna
May 29, 2015 Deanna rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review *

No Better Man is a well-written, thoroughly addictive, and deeply magnetic read. Both main characters drew me in right away, as did the overall story. There's just something about a man who has lost so much and is yet still determined to pick up the pieces of the life he's got left, even if he doesn't exactly know how and struggles to put it into action. I liked that about Bryce. I liked it a lot.

Bryce Walker is doing all he ca
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Kortney
Aug 09, 2015 Kortney rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read of Sara Richardson and to be honest the story didn't grab me at first as much as the cover did. Who doesn't love to see a hot man and his dog on the front! After reading the description on the book and a couple of reviews from other readers I decided to give the book a try. I think that Sara did a great job of developing both the characters and the plot. She really did a great job of giving you enough background about the characters that you felt like they ...more
Lisa
May 26, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, earc

This is Sarah Richardson's Debut book. I didn't realize this until after i read the book and checked out here website. This is a classic contemporary romance with a lot of drama and likable characters. Avery King comes to Aspen, Colorado to secure a multi million dollar ranch for her dad. Bryce Walker is the owner of said ranch and is on the brink of losing it because he is to far behind on payments. That's the situation in this story but in reality it's just the tip of the ice burg. There is a
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Danielle
Jun 18, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it
I adored this book and I have to say it was a really good book for the first book in the series. It gives you just enough information without the author going overboard and adding new stuff that really didn't matter in the long run.


Avery isn't just a heiress but she is down to earth and is genuinely liked by the characters. Their wasn't one person in this story that she didn't win over. Since she was at the walker ranch she not only fell in love with the ranch but Bryce.


My heart ached for Bryc
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Marsinah
Jun 05, 2015 Marsinah rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I particularly enjoyed the conflict between the two main characters in No Better Man. One character struggles with a closely held pain and to see through their own biased misconceptions of the other. The other struggles to be seen as separate and different from the prominent parent who has overshadowed much of their life. Some might feel that there's a bit of Pride and Prejudice influence because of the class based preconceptions in the tale, but these are very much different characters with ...more
Kanoko
Jul 10, 2015 Kanoko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, was this surprisingly meaty. The heroine was extremely likeable. She wasn't one to drag things out if she could help it, and she was a woman of action though we never quite saw how truly effective she was at work. I appreciated her friendliness (though the hero liked to think it was just a business tactic) and her kind candidness amidst issues that could've made things more painful to unfold. The hero's trauma made him closed off, and I thought it might be the reason I wasn't completely on ...more
Tiffany Kinerson
May 26, 2015 Tiffany Kinerson rated it it was amazing
This small-town mountain love story is a perfect summertime beach read. Romance readers will flip for chapter 22. Avery King is smart, rich and a great softball player to boot. But she seeks more than the high-powered executive life she has lived under her father’s reign as a Chicago real estate tycoon. What Avery needs is Bryce Walker and his tight-knit middle America community seated in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. This book is as much a love story between two people as it is a new romance ...more
Josephine
Oct 28, 2015 Josephine added it
Shelves: dnf
I didn't like Avery overly much in the opening chapter, and while Bryce was interesting, the author didn't get the hero and heroine together until about 40 pages in. When they were together on page, Avery was totally lusting after Bryce without any real consideration to the long-term boyfriend she'd just broken up with. This was a DNF for me but I may come back to this at another time.

28/10/15 The second book in this series has the same issue, it takes a few chapters to get the hero and heroine
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Misty
Jul 15, 2016 Misty rated it liked it
No Better Man is a sweet small town romance for when you’re looking for a nice pick me up. It’s an easy read with a storyline that stays true to the course with no unneeded filler. It is the first book in the Heart of the Rockies series but can be read as a standalone. Bryce and Avery’s romance progresses naturally and doesn’t feel forced. Each character is flawed in their own right with issues that we can easily identify with and love. There were some minor resolutions that seemed a bit rushed ...more
Sarah Horwath
May 24, 2015 Sarah Horwath rated it it was amazing
I really loved and enjoyed this book. I think it was a great start to this new great series and the author has a wonderful writing style that captivated me. I will be looking at her other books to find something just else good to read. I really loved the story line and how both characters grew by them selves as well with each other. Really a heartwarming lovable story and I can't wait to read more by this author and for the next book in the series. Ben just sounds so yummy!



A complimentary copy
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Amber
Oct 03, 2016 Amber rated it did not like it
What can I say, it's a Romance novel. And by standards of a Romance novel it's nothing novel. The characters are fine-ish. Okay, they're flat and the plot is flimsy and the romance felt unrealistic and rushed, but again: Romance novel.

The resolving of the issue with Avery's father was too easy.

There is a mistake where it uses "Decimal" instead of "Decibel", which I'm surprised no one caught.

This should not be on the Library's Reader's Choice list. That's for sure.
Maria
Aug 31, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it
Cute book with heart warming characters when you are looking for a nice romance to cheer you up on a gloomy day. An easy and fast read well written if it's the style you are looking for. I can't give it 5 stars because I like more intensity in my reads although it's a personal preference not anything lacking in the author. I did like that the characters were true to their personality with no unnecessary "cheesiness". The humor is also very good.
Heather andrews
Apr 10, 2015 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Bryce's mom knew how to put her boy in his place when he needed it, "Bryce David Walker.” Mom whirled to face him as the cloud of dust dissipated. “What the hell did you do to her?" Bryce is a considerate and is willing to do anything for his girl, "I’m taking you back to my place. I’m gonna warm you up, make sure you don’t have frostbite and all that.” Oh, yes. He would make sure she got warm." I liked this book is was sweet and romantic.
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Contemporary romance author Sara Richardson has been a communications manager, copy writer, magazine editor, and whitewater rafting guide. The day after graduating with a master’s degree in journalism, Sara realized she was too empathetic to be a journalist and starting writing her first novel instead. A lifelong fascination with true love quickly led her to the romance genre.

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