Series: Lone Star Match,
on Match 30th, 2017
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Delaney Winters never expected to see Ethan Van Owen again. He was part of a life she had left far behind… But now, with her best friend’s wedding coming up, it seems like her past has caught up to her. Forced to spend time with her former flame, Delaney’s feelings for him resurface, rekindling the white-hot passion that had always drawn them together.
For five years, Ethan has wondered what went wrong with their relationship. After Delaney broke up with him, Ethan moved to Texas Wine Country to start a new life. But now, he is being pressured to take up the mantle of his family investment business and return to Houston, Ethan must confront his past.
Can Delaney and Ethan bury their past to rekindle the love and passion they once shared?
Three Bridesmaids. Three lost loves. One matchmaking bride. With just a week before the wedding, can a bride-to-be reunite her bridesmaids with the ones who got away?
Take one meddling bride, a disgraced ex-socialite, an angry starlet, and a blunt lawyer and you’ll get a bridal party reunion week fraught with tension. Something Old, the first in Megan Ryder’s Lone Star Match series, focuses on the fallen Houston debutante.
Delaney doesn’t come off as the snob she once was. No, she been humbled and is living a life hand to mouth when college friend Carole ropes her into being a part of her bridal party, Ryder creates a relatable and endearing character in Delaney. From the very opening I had sympathy for her and felt the frustration and isolation she experienced over the past 5 years. Caroline, the bride is determined to bring Delaney back into her life and so she prompts a reconciliation between Delaney and the entire old college crew, including Delaney’s ex-fiance Ethan. He too is a likable characters that has suffered from the fall-out caused by Delaney’s father.
I enjoyed Ryder’s writing and her characters are well developed. They go through a lot of ups and down as would be expected from the situation. I was surprised at how intense the emotions are and Ryder does an amazing job conveying this through the backstory and dialogue. This is the first book by Ryder that I’ve read and I’m very interested in continuing with this series. 4 stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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“Running away again, Delaney? Isn’t that what got you into trouble in the first place?”
Ethan’s voice pulled her back to the moment, from her wishes and dreams of what could have been. She turned slowly. He stood a few yards away, hands buried in his cargo pants pockets, white shirt unbuttoned, hair ruffling in the sea breeze, a solemn look on his face.
“Not running away. Taking a break. There’s a difference.” She crossed her arms, hugging herself against the slight chill in the air.
He nodded slowly but didn’t budge from his spot. “What are you thinking about?”
“You really want to know? Fine. No one wants me here, except maybe Caroline, and I’m sure she’s regretting that now. I should have gone with my gut.”
“And kept hiding?” His quiet voice was neutral, no inflection or judgment.
“It was safer,” she admitted in a small voice.
“Maybe. But you’ve taken the first step. Takes a lot of courage.”
She arched an eyebrow at him. “I thought you were still pissed at me. Why are you being so nice?”
He grinned and walked toward the water. He bent down and picked up a rock, tossing it into the water. “I’m still pissed. But we have too much of a past for me to completely ignore you when you’re in pain.”
His words snapped her out of her funk, and she stared at his back for a long moment. Then she stepped up and looked out over the Gulf. She wanted to reach for his hand, reach for him, but fear and self-preservation overrode her desire. “Why did you follow me?”
“I’ll always follow you.” His words were solid and true, a statement of fact.
She was shaking her head before he even finished. “That’s not wise, Ethan. We can’t be anything more than what we are now.”
“What are we now?” he asked, genuine puzzlement in his tone.
“I don’t know.” She looked down and dug her toes in the sand.
“Come back to the house, Delaney.”
This time, she heeded his words and her heart. Maybe she had blown her chance with Ethan, when life and circumstances intervened. But she could have this one week, their lives isolated like this island, before reality invaded.
She took his hand then bent to pick up her sandals.
“Ready?” He cocked his eyebrow at her.
She nodded. He tucked her hand against his chest, and they walked back to the house.
Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door.