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No Going Back

(Mystery Angel Romances #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Kellen Brand's inheritance turns out to be a whopper -- one dilapidated farm in West Virginia and one guardian angel! Since Kellen is convinced no sane woman would choose to live in Riverside, she vows to sell her farm and quick.
Her handsome and reclusive neighbor Luke Kenyon must block the farm sale or risk exposure of his family's secrets. While Kellen has located one
Paperback, 238 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Desert Breeze Publishing, Incorporated (first published April 1st 2013)
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In small towns, secrets abound and Riverside is no exception. When Kellen and her brother inherited the old family farm, not only hadn’t they known their mother still owned it, but neither wanted anything to do with the harsh memories it evoked.

Determined to sell the old place, Kellen wasn’t prepared to discover her mother’s promise of a Guardian Angel was real or how badly she would need him/her. She also hadn’t planned on finding Luke, the rancher next door who alternated between giving her he
N.N. Light
When Kellen’s mother died and left her and her brother the run-down farm in West Virginia, the last place Kellen wanted to be is back where she was ridiculed for being poor, her hometown. But off she goes to clean it up and sell it to a uber-rich developer. But the longer she’s in town, the less her childhood memories haunt her. She reconnects with friends and meets handsome cowboy Luke Kenyon, a man who comes to her rescue more than once.

Luke is drawn to Kellen for reasons unknown to him. She’s
Eva Millien
This mystery romance keeps readers in suspense regarding the romance and the mysterious angels all the way through the steady to fast paced plot. The characters are strong, compelling and easily draw readers into their story which is a pretty rocky romance as this relationship starts off on the wrong foot. The heroine and hero both have some communication issues and the heroine is a bit hard to relate to in some circumstances because she has such contradicting traits. On one hand some of her iss ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Petie McCarty writes a tender story of a young girl revisiting her roots, and trying to decide what's best.

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Whether it is a romance or a mystery, I love small town stories, and Petie McCarty’s No Cowboys No Angels is both. This romantic suspense is filled with empathetic townsfolk, nefarious bad guys, and questionable land developers.

At the reading of the will, Kellen and Joey learn their late mother never sold their old farm. The siblings weren’t expecting to inherit given their meager beginnings, and they certain want nothing to do with the homestead that only holds bad memories. The clear-it-out-an
Ally Swanson
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book and totally had a smile on most of the time I was reading it!

This is the second book I’ve read from the incredible writer, Petie McCarty. Last year I had the privilege of reading her book, “Betting on Cinderella,” which is part of the Cinderella Romances Book Series and I totally loved it, so I was very excited to read her latest work, even though it falls into a different book series.

Petie’s writing only continues to improve, grow, and expand with each book! I
Harlie Williams
Full disclosure, this is not my first book by Ms. McCarty. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Just saying…

This book, y’all. There is so much that I absolutely loved about it. Its got romance, mystery, suspense, action, small towns, two very wounded characters, the mob, guardian angels and a horse named Windsor. Yes, there is a horse. At times, I swooned, gasped, laughed and generally had a great time reading Luke and Kellen’s story. Please be advised this a sweet romance and I hate
Margaret Watkins
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Returning to Riverside opens up a can of worms for Kellen as the past comes storming in to swamp her with memories she would rather not face. Whilst Kellen would like to forget the past, Luke is trying to keep it alive resulting in this unlikely pair finding themselves on opposite sides of the fence in the sale of the property Kellen is desperate too make. Compounding the problems facing them, there are strange activities taking place in the area and threats from unknown sources. Kellen’s mother ...more
Irene S
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With her mother's death, Kellan has returned to her hometown to sell her family ranch. The town is divided on whether she should sell it to a developer. Luke doesn't want her to sell her ranch, but his strong approach might put Kellan off. Meanwhile her mother promise a guardian angel to watch over Kellan in her will. I receive a free copy of this book from eBook Discovery. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. This is a good romantic suspenseful book. On the negative side, I didn't li ...more
Karen Roma
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Cowboys No Angels is a story filled with mystery, painful memories, embattled relationships, and new hope. The book contains many twists and turns, while incorporating steady pace, good world building and well developed characters too.

Luke and Kellan come from very different backgrounds and struggle with the rocky start to their romance. I kept my faith that they would eventually conquer the obstacles of miscommunication and unprecedented circumstances to find their HEA. I hope other readers
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kellen goes to her old family place, intent on selling the place, but her neighbor Luke has other ideas. A good mystery and romance, and must admit the identity of the angels was unexpected. Overall a good story, but at times a little confusing trying to keep it all straight. Might just be me, otherwise one I highly recommend.
Cindy Stevens
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great

I love me some cowboy. This had a couple twists I didn't see coming. I thought it was done well and it was refreshing to read a book that wasn't just sex .. its recommend it highly
Diana Stampas
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and romantic story that kept me engaged until the very end.
Rebecca Austin
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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After her mother dies, Kellen Brand and her brother Joey inherit the family homestead in Riverside, West Virginia that they thought she had sold. Luckily they already have a buyer in mind, a Mr.Corazon, but Kellen must head to West Virginia to get everything in order and pack up the place.

Unfortunately being in Riverside also brings up memories of a difficult time where their family was without much money and struggled to get by. Yet, Kellen's mom also tells her that she has left her a guardian
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
An intriguing and captivating story


Kellen always thought her mother had sold the farm in West Virginia, where she grew up. She discovers this is not the case after her mother dies and leaves the farm to Kellen and her brother. However, as well as the farm they inherit a ‘guardian angel’. Riverside West Virginia holds bad memories for Kellen and she can't imagine ever living there again so she’s determent to sell the farm as quickly as possible. In order to do that she goes back to get t
Angelica Lichtner
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first I had a bit of trouble getting into the book but that may be due to me being sick but after a chapter or two the book became really interesting and charming and I couldnt put the book down. The story drags the reader in and it is a very nice mix between love, thought, and laughter. I did laugh a few times and it lightened up my day.

The characters and surroundings is very well developed and "real". Everything feels very real and you feel that is has gone a lot of thought and feeling to m
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Kellen Brand never thought she would go back to West Virginia but that is exactly where she finds herself stuck. She’s only back to sell a farm her mother left her. She’ll be in and out or so she tells herself. She had a really rough childhood there and has no intentions of staying. Life seems to have other plans for Kellen. Mysterious lights, a jerk of a sheriff and a weird but handsome neighbor named Luke keep things interesting while Kellen tries to ready her farm for sale. I love it when two ...more
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Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This was an emotional story. When you happen to return to your childhood home that brings to front most some good and a lot bad memories. Kellen has to return home to get her childhood home ready for sale. When strange things start to happen, how do you go about explaining it. Is there truly ghost out there or not? The action between Luke and Kellen is that will make you enjoy the banter between them and the building of a relationship. Recommend this book to be
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is part of the magic of books promotion and given in exchange for an honest review ,.
so what happens when your mother's will has you going to the one place you never wanted to return due to a bad childhood . and because you are used to the city and not the country , but what happens when someone wants your land . and are they good / bad or in between and what if one man comes into you life wanting you not to sell your land do you sell or keep and what if your heart skips a beat around the
Virginia Lee
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an emotional story. When you happen to return to your childhood home that brings to front most some good and a lot bad memories. Kellen has to return home to get her childhood home ready for sale. When strange things start to happen, how do you go about explaining it. Is there truly ghost out there or not? The action between Luke and Kellen is that will make you enjoy the banter between them and the building of a relationship. Recommend this book to be read
How would you describe the plo
United Indie Book Blog
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Angels, criminals, thieves, cowboys, and hometowns nothing gives you more twist and turns than this book. Kellan goes back home on the wishes of her dead mother not knowing that the place that holds nothing but bad memories. Luke and Kellan go through a lot in this short story.
This book definitely has a lot of twist and turns that some points have me shaking my head at what was going on. This was something new for me isn’t something I would normally read but it wasn’t something I could
Darlene Franklin
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book more than I expected-romantic suspense isn't my favorite genre but it was the best "N" title I've run across. The identity of the mystery angels took me totally by surprise, the suspense kept me uncertain and reading, and the romance well-rounded. 4 stars instead of 5 because I won't look for the next mystery angel book, because I can't keep up with all the good authors I encounter.
Ruby Johnson
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice Romance

This was a good romantic suspense, complete with guardian angels. The only downside was the quickness of the love between the H/h without a whole lot of sexual tension.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free through the goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't too thrilled to read it by looking at the cover, but I guess you can't judge a book by the cover!
rated it it was ok
Jul 22, 2016
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written romantic suspense. I enjoyed the plot and the author’s writing. I look forward to reading more books in this series. I received an arc from Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
rated it it was amazing
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