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It's In His Smile

(Red River Valley #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,803 ratings  ·  106 reviews

Miranda Cruz isn’t just the best darned waitress in town anymore; she’s Red River’s newest innkeeper. But first, she has to find the contractor who’s disappeared with her life savings so she can start renovations. Not so easy for a woman who never depends on anyone, especially a man. And when a gorgeous old flame shows up, the fire between them is reignited and threatens t

Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Montlake Romance
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Stacey is Sassy
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

His smile was good, but taking his shirt off was better…

What attracts you to your mate? When I met my hubby it was his legs that caught my attention. He has really great muscly legs. In It’s in his smile, Miranda is definitely attracted to Talmadge’s smile…and his eyes…and his hair…and his body… In the end, though, what put her over the edge and sent her straight into pheromones overload was when he took off his shirt. All those muscles, under firm skin…and the muscles…and the skin…and the muscl
With a title likeIt’s In His Smile, do you really think author Shelly Alexander would give us anything but a fun, feel good romance? Small town thinking, small town gossip and small town cliques, made Miranda the woman she is today, strong, independent and out to prove everyone that she can be more than just a waitress. Meet Red River’s newest innkeeper, as she struggles to make a dream come true on a shoestring that just seems to keep on breaking while the knots keep making it shorter and short ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, series
Third in the Red River Valley series, the author once again visits this small town in New Mexico; I started the series here and had no problem following along with the characters. The majority of the story had a women's fiction and sweet small town contemporary feel and then the last thirty percent or so was filled with Miranda and Talmadge getting down and dirty; it felt a little jammed packed in. Our heroine and hero were both good people but also had enough rough edges to make them feel more ...more
DJ Sakata
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

Needing help and being needy are two very different things, Miranda.

And speak of the she-devil, here she came, marching toward the announcer's stand with a sour look on her face. Her cross bounced more than usual today... Miranda was pretty sure the cross was a disguise to distract from her forked tail.

'Maybe gussy yourself up. Wear something sexy to cheer him up. Used to work for my Henry until...' Francine blushed through the layers of wrinkles. 'Well, Henry died with nothing b
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous, arc
Shelly Alexander Where have you been hiding these amazing books from me?!!!!

When a book sucks me in from the first chapter, I know that it would be a real success.

It's In His Smile is an amazing book full of love and romance that it fills your heart with warmth.

The story is about Talmadge Oaks, a successful environmental architect and Miranda Cruz, the new owner of his grandmother's Inn.
After loosing his parents in a car accident and then his beloved grandfather, Talmadge decided to leave his
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is based on an ARC provided by the author and /or publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.


Cher always told us in 'The Mermaids' that 'It's In His Kiss', but it's whatever lol. This story was flippin adorable. A stretch on the reasoning to keep him in town etc, but you tend to forgive that cause its so cute. Gotta love small towns and hussies for mothers....NOT!
Sandra Shipman ~ Two Book Pushers
***4.5 Stars***

It's in His Smile is the third book in the Red River Valley Series but can be read as a standalone. That's exactly how I read it, this is the first book by Shelly Alexander and I know that it won't be my last. I found it to be a refreshing read. Now, lets get to Talmadge and Miranda's small town romance....

Miranda's life has changed over the last few months. She was the new innkeeper and soon-to-be owner of a Victorian Inn that needed more than a few repairs before its re-opening
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Romantic, hot and sexy!
I received an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

3.75 stars

Short:I love the village of Red River and the characters but my all time favorite is still book 2. ♥
Talmadge and Miranda were loveable characters; but I didn't quite comprehend Mirandas insecurities although I can understand her to some degree.

Review on to catch a falling book

Miranda Cruz hat es nicht einfach. Bereits als Teenager musste sie sich um ihren kleinen Bruder kümmern, da ihre leichtlebige Mutter mehr mi
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
This is my first Shelly Alexander book but won’t be my last! What a read, it was filled full of love romance and fun and I totally loved it. The storyline wasn’t too drama ridden, so if you’re in the mood for a sweet sexy story then this is the book for you.The characters were funny and easy going, they draw you in and you can relate to them easily.
The story is set in a small town set with all the usual small town traits, everyone knows your business and gossip, gossip and more gossip!! Miranda
Love this series and this book was a success! Miranda and Talmadge were sexy sweet together.

After battling years from the terrible reputation of her mother, Miranda Cruz protects herself by trying to be a reputable part of the community but in doing so she has closed herself off in many ways by being afraid to get too close to others. Once upon a time, she opened herself up to Talmadge but a misunderstanding quickly made her think she should stick to staying alone taking care of her brother, he
Kellie Herrick
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little bummed I had missed the first to books in this series and will go back to read them soon as I truly enjoyed not just this book but the town around this book and I hope there will be another book to follow this one.

Talmage and Miranda grew up in the same town. He noticed her but always kept his distance because she was quite a bit younger than him. They came together 7 years ago for their friends wedding for a one night stand
Lucii Dixon
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

Wow, what a story! So invigorating and refreshing to read something different. Two of the characters in the book, Francine and Clydelle (think I spelt it right) were a hoot, I loved them! And their secret set me into fits of laughter.

While I loved the story and the characters, it took me a while to 'get' Mirands. Til about half way through the book, she was irritating, way too stubborn and a pain in the butt, but I eventually warmed to her. I consta
Kathy Osborn
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This was my first book that I have read from Shelly Alexander and it will not be the last. She has a wonderful style of writing that takes you into a small town and you get to know each character as your friends.

Miranda, headstrong independent woman is trying to open an inn, but her mentor has passed on and so she is a little lost how to accomplish it all.

However, Talmadge the grandson of the mentor (Bea) is home from the funeral. Talmadge and Miranda are no strangers as their paths have cross
T.M. Payne
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book: It's In His Smile (Red River Valley #3)
Author: Shelly Alexander
Publication Date: 6/14/2016
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars


*May contain spoilers *

Another fantastic romance story from Author Shelly Alexander. I enjoyed this one. We have a couple who have known each other since they were kids. Miranda stayed in town and has endured a life of crap since her mother was the towns’ trollop more or less. Talmadge never really stopped thinking of Miranda but life
Renee Entress
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
It's In His Heart (Red River Valley, #1)
It's In His Touch (Red River Valley, #2)

This is Miranda and Talmadge’s story. Miranda is grieving and her contractor is gone. She is trying to get the B&B back to its former glory but without help she is struggling. Talmadge is in town but only for a short time. What is supposed to be a short
This was my first read from Shelly Alexander and I was more than happy to find a new Author!!! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend to friends. Miranda has lived in Red River Valley all her life but due to her mother's bad reputation, Miranda has always been the good girl - kept her head down, did her work, never drank and never dated anyone. Talmadge also a native of Red River Valley couldn't wait to get out of the place and rarely visited due to his own demons, but is now back becaus ...more
Bette Hansen
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful small town sweet romance that is sure to leave you with a smile! Miranda Cruz is Red River's newest innkeeper. All she needs to do is get the old place renovated and she's in business. Too bad she can't seem to find the contractor she hired to do the job! Adding insult to injury her old heartthrob Talmadge is back in town. Talmadge Oaks is back in Red River to settle his grandmother's estate then he needs to get back to Seattle to take care of the business disaster waiting for him. H ...more
Katharine Cordy
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book at the suggestion of another author. I really enjoyed that author's work so I hoped this would be similar. I was very happy to discover a new author. I've not read the other two books in this series but I will say this was a pretty standalone book. I don't think the other books need to be read to enjoy this book.
Miranda is a good reflection of most women with their insecurities. Very relatable as a character.
Talamadge was quite the confusing character. I felt he was the charac
Paula D
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great romance book! Drama and funny too! Story about Talmadge's gram died and he sees a girl from his past Miranda who has been there for his gram .. goes from there don't wanna post any SPOLIERS but it's a really good book for romance fans! Author did a great job telling a story that actually could be true at least that's how I felt reading it. Would I suggest this book YEP true romance fans will love it!!!
Shannon Godwin
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. From beginning to end I was wrapped up in it. The writing is great, I have not read the first 2 books in this series but I will be grabbing them. I think I have found myself a new author! Loved the book. It is different from most stories.
I will warn you that Miranda has to grow on you, but by the end of the book I really liked her.
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet read! Love the small town location and all of the characters. You really get the feel of a small town by meeting these characters who can be hilarious and infuriating at the same time. The romance was hot and the story was interesting. Can't wait to read more by this author.

I received an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review
Donna Rodrigues
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelly did it again! It's In His Smile is the third amazing book in her series. Each new book in her series has characters that are so real and down to earth they draw me in and keep me entertained from the first page until the last.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing story. this was the first book i read of Shelly Alexander I love a good love story. this will defiantly not be the last book i read of hers
Actually didn't love this one as much as the last.

I like Miranda shes OK, not someone that I think is a brat or anything but not someone that made a super impression on me either.
Tam (because cannot be bothered to type it out) was OK too but I didn't like him the most. He just wasn't very interesting and he was sort of just there. Not sure why but he didn't have a prescence that made me want to get all up in excitement he was just a bit boring and yeah not really fun.

Their romance is nice. It ge
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Skinny
Miranda Cruz has lived under the shadow of her flighty, man-hungry mother all her life in Red River. Or, as Mrs. Wilkerson puts it, her hussy of a mother. Miranda has worked hard over the years to raise her younger brother and make something of herself. She was tired of being a waitress at Cotton Eyed Joe’s, so she struck a deal with Bea, the mother-like figure she didn’t have. Now Miranda is the newest proprieter in town, stuck trying to remodel Bea’s old inn with a disappearing contr
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful read, if two people were meant to be together it was these two.
Miranda's upbringing made her not want any ones help in life until Talmadge.
The Magic of Books Blog
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s in His Smile by Shelly Alexander

Reviewed by Candace
**4 1/2 stars**

This is my first experience reading the amazing words of Shelly Alexander! Alexander delivers a heartfelt story that takes place in a small town filled with love, laughter and lots of small town gossip that sucks you in by the first chapter and wraps itself around you in a tight hug that doesn’t let go until the end.

Miranda Cruz seemed to always get the short end of the stick in life. Growing up, her mother did not have the
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience reading the amazing words of Shelly Alexander! Alexander delivers a heartfelt story that takes place in a small town filled with love, laughter and lots of small town gossip that sucks you in by the first chapter and wraps itself around you in a tight hug that doesn’t let go until the end.

Miranda Cruz seemed to always get the short end of the stick in life. Growing up, her mother did not have the best reputation in town with jumping from boyfriend to boyfriend. Thus,
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Shelly Alexander was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist, a 2019 RITA® finalist, and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in several categories.

Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, she watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I

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