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So in Love

(So Hot #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  36 reviews
ASIN: B073184L3S updated version found here

After a hot hook-up on New Year’s Eve, Crystal Donovan plans to avoid Jamie Westcott, which could be difficult, given the size of Ribbon Ridge. But she’s only there a few days doing research on the town’s history then it’s back to her glam life in LA. When his family holds the key to unraveling a century-old mystery she has to see
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published August 25th 2017 by Darcy Burke
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Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I had enjoyed the other books in this series, so I was pretty eager to see what was going to happen in the new one.

I liked Crystal and Jamie. They're both passionate and smart and really good people. I liked that they were both insecure in their pasts; it felt realistic. As always, seeing the other characters was delightful.

Plot wise, it was a bit boring for me. As much as I enjoyed Crystal and Jamie, I didn't see a lot of their chemistry. And the historical aspect of it didn't interest me as
Bette Hansen
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read and a great addition to this contemporary series from Darcy Burke. I love her writing style, character development, and low angst storylines. This is Jamie Westcott's story and it's a great one!

What started as a crazy New Year's Eve hookup between Crystal Donovan and Jamie Westcott quickly heats up. Since they live in two different worlds, Crystal in the glitz and glam of LA while Jamie is a Ribbon Ridge boy, there doesn't seem to be much of a future. Yet as Crystal starts spend
I've had my ups and downs with the Ribbon Ridge series, so for me to learn that this was the final book in the series was a bit of a mixed blessing for me.

With this story, we finally get the conclusion of the historical "mystery". The revelations on that front were very disturbing, but handled very well with sensitivity and understanding. I really enjoyed reading that part of the story. However, the romance between Jamie and Crystal really wasn't a romance or even a relationship. The only thing
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, arc
So in Love had a really strong start--I loved the cutthroat pool game with the cursed cue (or is it???), the flirtiness, and their New Year's Eve hookup. Jamie and Crystal were cute together, her fears about their age difference (she's 5 years older) aside. From there, though, the story felt like it floundered a bit--much of the drama (relationship and otherwise) felt a bit contrived and overblown--would a mature, adult woman really literally run from a social event just because a few people the ...more
Lynn Brooks
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding love when you least expect it! A super casual hook-up ends up turning their lives upside down when neither can resist the pull of going back for more! I love the characters of this series and really enjoy getting to see the Archer family throughout it. This book threw me a little because it stirred up the ugliness of current events in my mind and lured me away from the fictional haze I usually enjoy when losing myself in a story. It was well written, and I enjoyed how it all played out t ...more
patrick Lorelli
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Crystal Donavon is in Ribbon Ridge doing research for a project she thinks she might be able to write about. She also meets Jamie Westcott and after a New Year’s party they end up spending the night together. The problem for her is that her home is not there in Oregon but L.A. When she come back to Oregon not everyone is happy to see her because of some of the things she is finding out is not pleasant and especially not to Jamie’s family. Now they must work through their issues of wanting to be ...more
Isha Coleman
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
So In Love (Ribbon Ridge: Love On the Vine) by Darcy Burke  
The appeal of a Darcy Burke novel is that whether historical or contemporary, her target is always the heart. The connection between author, reader and story is paramount and she never misses her mark. So In Love is a mixture of romance, drama and mystery. Modern day romance gets a hand from a little fictional history. With a few familiar faces along to guide the way, Crystal and Jamie discover the importance of love and sacrifice. If i
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Another great read from Darcy Burke and the Ribbon Ridge: Love on the Vine series. This time we have Jamie Wescott and Crystal Donovan. This was gold meets bronze. Everything was not a plain as it appeared. There were hidden depths, truths, life. I found their insecurities was a tie between them and the crack that broke the link. It took some give and take on both their parts to get over the mountains they both needed to scale.
Marissa Chavez
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to finally getting to read about Crystal and Jamie! I loved everything about these two. I was happy to see how it all played out for them! This was the perfect way to end the series! 💛

P.S. I'm definitely going to miss everyone at Ribbon Ridge! ❤
Sandy S
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 25, 2017

After a hot hook-up on New Year’s Eve, Crystal Donovan plans to avoid Jamie Westcott, which could be difficult, given the size of Ribbon Ridge. But she’s only there a few days doing research on the town’s history then it’s back to her glam life in LA. When his family holds the key to unraveling a century-old mystery she has to seek him out—and the sparks are still flying.

Jamie Westcott works his ass off to repay his college loans, which doesn’t
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Oh how I love Darcy's stories whether they be contemporary or historical. There's always a deep issue of some sort to grapple with and resolve. I also adore that her contemporaries are set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, my home. It's delightful to read about places I've been and live in.

This is a HOT story about two people who fall in lust and are surprised to find they are OK with falling in love. It happens when they weren't looking for it. Crystal is Alina's assistant and long time frien
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nooooooo! Say it isn't so. Love on the Vine series is officially done? This makes me so sad! Ribbon Ridge has become one of my absolute favorite geographical book escapes, and by no means have I had enough! So in Love was no exception!

The story of Jaime and Crystal starts on NYE, with a hot hook up- but the reader can already read into the fact that there's an underlying chemistry that will go way past one evening. This couple sizzles!!!! Intermingled with the budding relationship is Crystal and
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jamie and Crystal are fun and sexy, with great chemistry and a relationship to root for. On paper, they look to not have a lot in common, other than their mutual friends. He's a bit younger, much poorer (thanks to student loans and an ex-gf) and a small town guy. She's got money, thanks to a great job with her movie star best friend, and is a big city girl all the way.
But as Crystal continues to help solve an old mystery surrounding Ribbon Ridge and a little known citizen, what she finds may not
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Love on the Vine series, which is a spin-off of the Ribbon Ridge series, keeps getting better. Not only did, “So in Love”, have the super hot sex scenes that Darcy Burke does a great job writing, but the historical aspects in this book was very interesting to read. And it is also very timely with what is happening in the United States right now.

As with every book in the two series, there is a couple who gets together, but usually it takes them awhile to get out of their own heads, before the
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So In Love is SO good!

Gah... how does Darcy Burke do it? I get so sucked into her stories!!! Ribbon Ridge is my favorite place to be and So In Love did not disappoint. I love these people and this town so incredibly much!!

I was so excited to see that Jamie and Crystal were matched up in this story. I've been dying for both of their stories. They are such a perfect match. Crystal is obsessed with the history of a women who once lived in Ribbon Ridge. Imagine her surprise when Jamie's ancestors
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! I can't say enough good things about this series! So In Love is the third book in Ribbon Ridge: Love on the Vine series by Darcy Burke. It is Crystal Donovan and Jamie Westcott's love story.
Crystal and Jamie's hot hook-up after a New Year's Eve party is more than either expected, but neither one wants a relationship which should work just fine since Crystal doesn't live in Ribbon Ridge full time. The only issue is that she seems to be in town more often because of the resear
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have wrtiten this about the Ribbon Ridge series before: the characters are warm and engaging, the town descriptions make it feel so vivid and real.

Bad experiences made Crystal and Jamie wary of putting their hearts on the line again. But that did not prevent their steamy, sexy hookups. Both of them felt vulnerable and insecure about relationships, and definitely did not want anything long-term. However, Crystal and Jamie learned that their mistakes did not define who they were or could be.

I ca
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this final installment of love on the vine. It put to rest the age old tradition of boys being older than women, and quite well. With all his problems you would imagine Jamie is actually a little bit immature for her, and not to responsible, where as she is all that. She is beautiful and successful, she just seems like so much more. But they compliment and ground eachother so well. Its a difficult get together with many many challenges, but they get through them in spectacular fashion. A ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story about 2 people who never thought they would find themselves in love. SPOILER ALERT: The BNR brick story-line takes a turn towards the dark side of history, with the readers finding out that the fire Dorinda died in was deliberately set by leaders of the KKK. (Having been a long-time resident of the Pacific Northwest, I was unaware of their influence in this part of the country.) Jamie's long-ago maternal relative was the head of the Klan; Jamie's mother does not want this story to g ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not usually interested in instant lust stories but undoubtedly Jamie and Crystal have a strong connection that leads to more in So in Love by Darcy Burke. It is the more, along with the huge family secret that kept me reading.

The intriguing plot couldn’t be more time relevant than it is today. This story gives insight into the shame and embarrassed our ancestors can still cause the current generation. It also calls into question the ethics of actions based on such knowledge. This makes thi
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-finished
Another fabulous romance by Darcy Burke. Crystal and Jamie thrown together at a New years eve party, and just because they know the same people. Let's just say the end of that party got all hot and steamy... they continue to "hook up" while Crystal is in town doing research on an old brothel where the proprietor was murdered. Digging up lot's of old secrets along the way, that many of the townsfolk are not particularly happy about. Will Crystal and Jamie end up together, will Crystal's dream of ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Burke makes a mark on the heart with So in Love. I absolutely love the Ribbon Ridge spin off series, Love on the Vine.

Crystal's and Jamie's story is full of emotion, both highs and lows. The continued mystery from the first two books in the series finds a resolution in So in Love. The answers are devastating to the Westcott family and make the casual, benefited relationship between Crystal and Jamie almost insurmountable.

Burke writes great characters who have engaging dialogue. The entire cast
Lauren Seiberling
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes!

This is the first contemporary romance I've read by Darcy, and I think I chose a good book to try!

Aside from packing PLENTY of heat, Darcy wove a mystery throughout, which kept me eagerly turning the pages to see its resolution...and how it would impact Crystal and Jamie as a couple.

True to form, Darcy included characters from previous books, and I got to know them and became VERY interested in reading their stories too!

Full of dialogue and details, this was a very thorough, engaging
Lori R
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I think it was because there was a story within the story that tugged on my heartstrings. I also loved the character of Crystal who is an assistant to the actress, Alaina Pierce. Who can resist the sparks between Crystal and Jamie or Jamie's other brothers and their significant others? It is funny how neither one of them had any intention of falling in love. Of course Crystal has to deal with her past and also deal with upsetting Jamie's mom because she wrote a play a ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rnr
I very seldom read contemporary romance but, since I love the author's historical romance books, I gave this one a try. I am glad I did. The writing is fantastic. The love story is sweet. And the twists and turns of the story kept me glued to my chair. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the end. I will definitely read other contemporary stories written by Ms. Burke. Disclaimer: I volunteered to read and review this book. ...more
Sarah Hamilton
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Good

Once again, I wanted to not like this book, but I really ended up liking it. Crystal and Jamie finally get a moment in the spot light. It's fun, steamy, and a little dramatic. We finally see the ladies unearthing the secrets of historical Ribbon Ridge - and It's an interesting conclusion (with some important points about sharing the good and bad of history). A fun read and I are myself checking out other work by Darcy Burke.
Heather andrews
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Crystal sometimes shocks the heck out of her man, "Jamie’s ***k roared to life, stiffening in his jeans and causing him to shift on the barstool. “I beg your pardon?” Crystal can see right through her man, "she gave him a side-eye. “Seriously? I don’t buy that for a second. You just want to get me alone.” His mouth curved into a sexy smile." I liked this book, I found it to be a cute read. ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS FOR SO IN LOVE!! I love going back to Ribbon Ridge, this place always makes me happy. Wow, Darcy Burke has outdone herself with this fantastic story between Jamie and Crystal. One hookup changes everything for these two. I highly recommend this book or any by the fabulous Darcy Burke. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Elizabeth Wright
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hoo boy. Jamie and Crystal. Yowza. This story had my Kindle smoking. Scorching hot and still full of all the feels, this was a fantastic conclusion to this series. Not only does Burke deliver an incredibly satisfying love story, she also wraps up all the side stories into a beautiful little bow. I couldn't put this one down. ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: burke-darcy
It's obviously part of a series, but it is still strong enough to stand on it's own. Well written contemporary romance. Some intrigue. Second chance romance.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Join her Reader Club at

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