Monday, December 10, 2012

Love or Luxury by Heather Thurmeier

Heather will be awarding one ebook copy of both "Love and Lattes" and "Love on Landing", the first two books in the Meadow Ridge Romance series, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour HERE

Rebecca's life of luxury in Meadow Ridge is vanishing faster than the designer clothes from her closet--unless she finds someone to share her life and her rent.

When she meets Finn, the rugged, sexy motorcycle hunk, she thinks her luck has finally changed. There's just one problem--he's not from Meadow Ridge. Reid, her high school flame, comes back to town as the Meadow's most eligible bachelor, with a tendency to spoil his girlfriends, and a gorgeous mansion--everything she's always wanted.

Now Rebecca's torn between Finn, the man who lives a simple life outside the Meadow and Reid, the man who can give her the life she's always wanted.


He finished with his helmet and climbed onto the seat in front of her. "You're going to have to hold on tight." Her small hands slipped around his sides, gripping him softly. That wouldn't be tight enough to hold on, but it was certainly tight enough to stir a reaction in him. When was the last time that had happened?

Her hands on his sides felt so good. He couldn't help but imagine what her hands would feel like elsewhere on his body. The engine revved to life beneath him, the rumble of it doing nothing to help calm the thoughts now racing through his mind.

"Everything okay?" Rebecca yelled from behind him, her voice barely carrying over the noise of the engine and through the obstruction of his helmet.

Sure. Great. Fine. If only he could get his mind off of her hands on his body. He needed to focus on the road, not her.

"Just checking all the gauges and whatnot," he yelled back. An innocent lie.

Get it together. She's already nervous without me acting like I don't know what I'm doing.

Revving the engine one more time to clear his thoughts, he looked over his shoulder and carefully pulled out into the street. Her grip on him tightened with the movement, and he didn't even bother to try to stop a giant smile from spreading across his lips. Her hands felt so good

Love or Luxury is the 3rd book in the Meadow Ridge Romance series, it can be read entirely as a stand alone.

When you have grown up in a lifestyle you can't afford but it is all you have ever known what will you do to hang on to that life?
For Rebecca being the daughter of the chauffeur allowed her to grow up with the wealthy children of the rich families in "The Meadows" and until she was out on her own really knew no other life. Now she has to pay rent and bills while keeping that part of her secret from her trust fund friends who don't and wouldn't understand the need to work.

Reid was Rebecca's boyfriend in high school before he left to become a doctor. Rebecca has pinned her hopes of a life in "The Meadows" on him coming back and sweeping her off her feet. He is finally back so where is the spark she is waiting for when he finally takes her out on a date?

Finn meet Rebecca when he almost ran her over after she stepped in front of his motorcycle. He showed up at the diner she is working at and takes her out on a date. Rebecca figures she might as well have fun while she waits for Reid to come back home from school, she never counted on that she would have so much fun and develop some pretty intense feelings for Finn, after all he can't give her the life she thinks she wants. Now she has to make a choice.

I had a really hard time liking Rebecca in this book, I felt like she was rather childish in her need to lie to her supposed friends about her financial reality and her idea that she could some how just not pay attention to bills and some how it would all work out. I liked Finn he seemed a nice down to earth guy who develops feelings for Rebecca. Reid is supposed to be the third in this love triangle but his appearance in the book is rather brief. I felt like the bones of the story were good and the story line was there but could have been developed more as well as the character development was a little lacking. That being the case it is a sweet story with Rebecca doing a lot of growing up and finding what is really important in this life.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance Hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she's not busy taking care of the kids and an adventurous puppy named Indy, Heather's hard at work on her next romance novel.

"Heather Thurmeier's hunky heroes and feisty heroines will have you laughing out loud, falling in love ... and coming back for more!" ~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author

"Heather Thurmeier writes sweet, funny romances that capture your heart!" --NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Probst

Love and Lattes, Love on Landing, Love or Luxury, Bunny Hills and Bikinis, Falling for You ~ Available now!

Stuck on You, Lost without You ~ Coming Soon!




  1. Thank you for the review and excerpt.


  2. Best of luck with the release!