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Take My Hand

(A Pine Cone Romance #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  240 ratings  ·  70 reviews
A Pine Cone Romance
Artist Clay Cahill retreats to her hometown of Pine Cone, Georgia, when she’s betrayed by a woman she thought cared and the pressure of the New York City art world becomes too much. Setting paints aside, she takes a job at her grandfather’s garage seeking the restorative comfort of small town life where women are sweet and life flows as slow as molasses.
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Bold Strokes Books (first published June 1st 2018)
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Lex Kent
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. I’m a Missouri Vaun fan so I was excited to get this book. I’m used to mostly reading her fantasy of futuristic books, but I learned she can write good traditional romances too. This is book 1 in the Pine Cone Romance series. What is different about this series is it sounds like a new author will write each book. It looks like D. Jackson Leigh and VK Powell will be writing the other two books.

This story is about three best friends who live in a small southern town called Pine Cone.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not particularly excited about writing or pushing ‘save’ on this review, but here we go...

I don’t consider myself a die-hard Vaun fan, but I am a fan. I’ve really enjoyed her historical romances and the one contemporary romance of hers that I’ve read. I was swept up in her settings and her characters and just really enjoyed her writing style. I carried those expectations into this, I suppose, but ‘Take My Hand,’ I really hate to say, fell short of her previous work. This is true for me, at l
This is the first story in a collaborative series called A Pine Cone Romance about three women, Clay, Grace and Trip, who have been best friends since school living in Pine Cone, Georgia. Vaun takes on Clay while D Jackson Leigh will write about Trip, the vet, and VK Powell gets Grace, the cop. (I’m going to have to read some Powell before her instalment is released. Any recommendations?) Powell’s and Leigh’s characters are part of Take My Hand so it will be interesting to see if their individua ...more
Lexxi Kitty
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review.

This book, the 20th work I’ve read by this author (9 using the Vaun name and 11 using the Braddock), is about Clay Cahill and River Hemsworth. Both of whom have a point of view in this book. Based off of a vague off-hand comment about a third party, there is a good chance both of the characters are near at or over 30 years of age (there was a comment about another character being ‘near us in age
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, this book of the Pine Cone Romance trilogy, which can be read independently from each other and without needing to follow a specific order, describes the relationship between Clay, a painter who is in a phase of lack of inspiration due to a past betrayal, and River, the owner of an art gallery in New York that arrives in Pine Cone to take over her aunt's inheritance.

Sure there are many topics in the story, there may be a lack of interaction beyond the instantaneous attraction and the conv
ARC received from Netgalley for a fair review.

2.4 stars. I didn't connect with the characters. Their connection is purely on a physical level at first and I didn't feel that it went past it as much as I wanted to. They're together because they are both hot but that's pretty much it. Furthermore, a lot of things are too convenient in this book, the gallery owner thing, the small town background, New York, etc. They were made for each other quite literally because the author made them so and it's
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is part of the 'Pine Cone romance' series by three different authors: 'Take my hand' by Missouri Vaun, 'Take a chance' by D. Jackson Leigh and 'Take your time' by V.K. Powell. This series follows the lives of three friends: Clay, Trip and Grace in the small town of Pine Cone, Georgia.

There are series written by an author that usually need to be read in chronological order, series of standalone novels by different authors under a common theme, and the 'Pine Cone romance' series which is
Loek Krancher
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

This is the first book in The Pine Cone trilogy. A trilogy written by three different authors. The plot of this first one flowed beautifully and I loved how the whole story progressed. A great tale of love and close friendship between 3 women. It has witty banter, quirky characters and it’s set in a charming small town. This first book has me hooked immediately and I am curious to the other 2 books. Well done!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve read anything by Vaun before, but I was intrigued by the idea of a trilogy that’s written by different authors. As my introduction to Vaun this wasn’t bad, but it had some issues. First is the setting, it’s a lovely small rural town, that is somehow also a gay Mecca. I’m not usually fond of books where everyone is gay, and obviously in a trilogy you know you’ll end up with six lesbians/bi women, but there were also
Les Rêveur
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the A Pine Cone Romance series and it got us off to a great start with a bang!
Artist, Clay has returned home after a disastrous relationship in New York that had threatened her passion for her painting. She isn’t interested in relationships or playing fast and loose with her heart, especially for someone like River who embodies everything that Clay could really fall for. River is visiting Pine Cone to get her aunts affairs in order after her death. She wants to get in ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid 3 star rating....I liked it. Perhaps, if I hadn't read several of Vaun's other works, it might be a little higher. It's hard going into a book expecting a certain something...then not quite getting there.
My biggest complaint was the "catalyst episode" that brings our two MCs together. It just felt inserted. Not really part of the rest of the story. She tried to make it seem so...but fell short. This to me, tainted the rest of the book. There were moments of raw emotion where you saw exactl
Det. Nidhi
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet small town romance, the first of a series featuring three best friends from Pine Cone, Georgia. I have a weakness for butch/femme couples so the Clay/River pairing worked for me, even if their names made me laugh. I like the way Missouri Vaun writes and felt like I got to know the folks in Pine Cone in just a few short scenes. River’s comment about slipping into some twilight zone lesbian version of Steel Magnolias following her close encounter at the Clip and Curl made me laugh and helped ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Take My Hand (Pine Cone Romance #1)” is the first of a very intriguing lesfic trilogy featuring the romantic interests and interactions between three long-time friends in a small community. What makes the trilogy intriguing is that while the same narrator is used for all three books, (1) each book is written by a different author, and (2) each book covers the same timeframe in the lives of the women…but from the perspective of one of the MCs.

Book #1 introduces us to MC butch Clay Cahill and MC
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clay Cahill needs a break from the life she thought she wanted in New York and takes refuge in Pine Cone, Georgia. She has settled into life with her hometown high school buddies who are quite interesting in their own ways. Even though she is in the company of friends, she knows it is not enough. River Hemsworth has found her passion and just wants to settle her deceased aunt's estate and return to her "real life". To her surprise, the quick trip to Pine Cone does not go according to plan. After ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book by the Publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved the book. I was hooked from the first page. I liked the main characters of Clay & River, great storyline and loveable characters. I will certainly be looking to read more by this author.

Dr E
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Lovely romance that oozes Southern charm. You can taste the fried green tomatoes and feel the heat in the air. It’s the ensemble that creates the atmosphere so keep those secondary characters coming. Excellent to know this is the first of the Pine Cone books so I have the promise of romances for Grace and Trip to look forward to in the next instalments.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a trilogy by three different authors, about three best friends from Pine Cone, Georgia. Clay (an artist/tow truck driver), Trip (a veterinarian) and Grace (a police officer). This is Clay's story. She meets River when River runs off the road and wrecks her car in the middle of town. River owns a gallery in New York City, but comes to Georgia to sell her Aunt's gallery that has been left to her. She didn't expect to fall in love with a town from the south, and certainly ...more
Very sweet romance and a nice way to kick off the series. I'm looking forward to seeing how the other two go, especially Grace's story. ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars
A very good romance with an interesting plot and likeable characters. Recommended to all romance fans especially for those who love small town romances. I'm looking forward to the other two books in the Pine Cone Romance series by D. Jackson Leigh and VK Powell.
eARC via NetGalley
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it felt weak in some way, it's well written and the story is quite enjoyable. Yet I thought its in the easy forget side. I didn't feel the love nor the sad story, I wanted to know more about clay I thought there's so much more to this character and I wanted to see her go thro the recovery. Her way back was like a snap of a finger. I missed the development of that side.
I was given a free copy in return of honest review
Mirtha Siblesz
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

I know this the first of three stories but the fact is Clay and River have enough chemistry between then that if harnessed, we would not need automobile fuel. Clay has severe trust issues since getting her heart broken while in New York pursuing her career as an artist. She came back to her hometown with the safety of her grandfather, and her two best friends Trip and Grace (protagonists of their own subsequent sequels). Since her return to Pine Cone, Clay has lost the inspiration to pa
'Nathan Burgoine
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
There are two things you should know going into the Pine Cone Romance series: One, they're Southern with a capital S, in that way stories can have that make you lean back away from the pages sometimes and say, wait, surely something like that wouldn't happen? But the book just smiles right back at you and says, ah, darlin', 'round here, these things happen all the time. More sweet tea?

Second, it's not a series. I mean, it is, in that there are three stories set in the same town with three child
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book even if the romance itself wasn't as well developed as I would have liked and even though the climax and resolution were too rushed. ...more
“River was beginning to believe the bump to her head might have transported her to some twilight zone lesbian version of Steel Magnolias.”

Missouri Vaun’s contemporary romance, set in rural environs of Pine Cone, Georgia, is first in a trilogy, each by a different author. Vaun sets the stage with memorable characters and three best friends, all of whom have their own romantic journeys ahead. While I love reading novels placed within big city drama, I have a soft spot for fiction set in small and/
Velvet Lounger
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

What an excellent idea.. take three great authors, create three best friends in a small town called Pine Cone, and have each author write a romance. As a series junky I was sold on the idea – a clever twist on the frequent ensemble mini series.

“Take My Hand” by Missouri Vaun brings Manhattan gallery owner River to Pine Cone to settle her aunts estate. When she wrecks her car on the hair salon lawn, local tow truck driver Clay comes to her rescue, with a tow and a loaner. Pulled together by mutu
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the 2nd book in the Pine Cone series before I read this first one. Both books are perfectly fine as stand-alone stories and I expect the third will be as well.

In this book, Clay, artist/tow truck driver, meets River, a NY gallery owner when River comes into town to settle her late aunt’s affairs. Humor definitely takes centerstage in this book and the series. Dialogue and the way the town’s residents were drawn had me laughing and grinning long after I stopped reading. I did find it puzzl
Kitty McIntosh
This is the first in a three part series and introduces us to the characters we will follow and the town of Pine Cone, Georgia. In ‘Take My Hand’ Clay Cahill, an artist and sometime garage worker and River Hemsworth, a gallery owner from New York are the main characters. I found the observations of the town and its people fascinating and funny. It’s very much set in ‘fried green tomatoes’ country. The friendships between Clay and her long-time buddies are strong and the basis for the trilogy. Cl ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
So I liked River from the beginning. She simply felt real to me. I did struggled to like Clay initially due to the way she treated River. I just felt like she acted like a petulant teenager at the start. However as time went Clay did grow on me. It was interesting though in that River seemed to always have a level head whilst Clay was very emotional throughout. I found the story sweet and liked the two together throughout the story which made it a nice fun light read.

I was given this book by Net
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Take my hand is a well developed contempoary romance of the accidental sort. The characters are an interesting blend and the secondary characters in the small southern town lend to the setting. This book provided laughs as well as warm fuzzies and perhaps a bit warmer feelings as well. It is part one of three books that three authors worte together each focusing on one of three best friends and their relationships.
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Missouri Vaun is a two-time Golden Crown Literary Society award-winning lesbian romance writer published by Bold Strokes Books. THE MANDOLIN LUNCH is Vaun's latest novel. Can a cavalier art teacher and a meticulous music teacher find love?

Vaun spent a large part of her childhood in southern Mississippi, before attending high school in North Carolina and college in Tennessee. Strong connections to

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