Something New, book three in Megan Ryder’s Lone Star Match series, takes us to Whitby Island just off the Texas Coast in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a second chance at love story which brings Hollywood actress Anna Costado and her former boyfriend Wyatt Turner back together for the week leading to the marriage of their best friends Caroline and Matthew. Anna is a brittle character. She’s built a protective shell around herself and I admit that it took a little while to love her, though she intrigued me from the start. Wyatt is easy to like, though he too is hurting. The sparks between these two are ongoing with constant push and pull throughout the story, making for entertaining reading. This story can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone though I think it’s better as part of the series because of the interactions between the eight friends. It’s angsty, filled with plot twists and well paced. I really enjoyed it.
Anna Costado is going through a horrible time when it comes to her career as an actress after going off at a waitress and some footage of the incident ends up on TV. So, spending a week in Texas in the lead up to a friends wedding is just what she needs to get away from all the negativity. However, spending time with her ex and the love of her life, Wyatt Turner, isn't easy. Will they be able to overcome the past, so they can have a second shot at love; or will they lose their chance at happy ever after?
The first two books of this series were wonderful reads, but -- I believe -- this story is the best of this series, and it's a book that was spellbinding, fast-paced and one I could not put down due to the fantastic main characters that have tough obstacles to overcome, if they're to achieve their happy ever after; and compelling dialogue that had me wondering if Wyatt would ever get through to Anna. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she's going through a tough time. Is her career over or will she be able to salvage it? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story that had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether Wyatt would be able to win Anna back.
Both the main characters were beguiling and I loved their history, their back stories and their growing relationship. Anna comes off as such a cold-hearted -- word that rhymes with -- witch, but that's only because she needs to in an effort to protect herself. Trusting people doesn't come easy to Anna, especially because of her career, and I could understand why she's hesitant to let Wyatt in, as they've already hurt each other so much in the past. However, Anna is resilient, courageous and I liked how determined she was to pick up the pieces of her life, even if it means walking away from everything she's worked so hard for. I also liked how kind and caring Anna can be, which is proven by all she does for fans and those she owes to helping her become the success that she is.
While the hero, he's been through a lot with what happened to him, which caused him to lose his chance at having a successful gridiron career. However, in saying that, he's come a long way with what he's achieved with being able to remain a part of the game he loves. Furthermore, the hero is fierce and I liked how determined he was to make Anna see that they're meant to reclaim the future they were destined to have. I also liked how determined Wyatt was to discover what's going on with Anna when it comes to her aloofness. Will he be able to help Anna?
Overall, Ms. Ryder has delivered a very captivating read in this book where the chemistry between this couple is intense and burns bright; the romance was hot and showed how special Anna is to Wyatt; and the ending had me absolutely delighted by what Anna does to win Wyatt back after everything went awry between this couple. Certainly, Anna is determined to go big, because Wyatt means more to her than anything else in her life. Then again, Wyatt is determined to go just as big with his words and his way of making certain Anna knows how important she is to him. No way is he letting her go this time. I would recommend Something New by Megan Ryder, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Eve Gaddy, Barbara Ankrum, Katherine Garbera and Sinclair Jayne. I would also recommend reading the other books of this series to see how good the bonds of friendship can be and how a matchmaking bride-to-be gets her wish in reuniting her bridesmaids with the men they were always meant for.
This book was my first by Megan Ryder, I followed the plot but felt a bit out of sync with the other characters in this book; possibly because this is book three of a series.
I found myself frustrated with Anna and Wyatt and their too-ing and fro-ing; second chances are great but these two pushed my boundaries of patience. I understood and empathise with their personal situations over the last five years but .. ugh, get over yourselves.
I struggled somewhat to keep up with the other couples that the bride and groom, Caroline and Matthew, had brought together for their wedding in a bid to matchmake/rekindle their friends, bridesmaids and groomsmen. There are some stories I obviously needed to be invested in to understand their dynamics. That being said; I am sure that those who have read the previous books in this series, will enjoy the anguish surrounding these couples.
An easy second chance read. Can Anna and Wyatt overcome broken promises and bad decisions and let them forgive and move on? You do need to read the previous books in the series, otherwise you will struggle a little to keep up with the other characters and the anguish surrounding these couples. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.