So you guys, I enjoyed the first 2 books that when the opportunity to read book 3 presented itself – I jumped at the chance to enjoy it. And enjoy it, I did.
This one happens right around the time where Jane and Press are dating, at the point where almost no one knew. And if you remember correctly, the girls (Caroline, Jane and Grace) went on a hike when Grace sprained her ankle and was rescued by a handsome man?
So this man is none other than Marcus Colby, the suit that is one third to Jake and Press’ two thirds. The trio is best of friends but the guy knows how to keep a secret. Or so he thinks.
Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Marcus finds Grace mumbling to herself on a trail when he wants to go out to his beloved aunt’s favorite place. He’s determined to take her to be checked out and then they end up at dinner.
Grace’s celebrity status follows her everywhere she goes and while she’s trying to maintain her anonymity as much as possible, she’s recognized and that doesn’t really align with Marc’s style. However, once his aunt’s will and testament saddles him up with her rambunctious Great Dane, he’s putty in Grace’s very capable hands. The dog, too.
Funny moments involving this puppy are a many. Trust me on that.
Getting back to my thoughts on this book, between Marc’s travelling on business and Grace’s desire to be with him and promote her own crafts while staying on the down low, their romance is blooming beautifully. I loved how they fell in love. They didn’t deny their feelings and it didn’t take them much time to realize what is going on. There weren’t any games played and the whole thing was very maturely written.
It was all smooth sailing until her family gets back in the picture, and especially when a wildlife endangered bird is allegedly spotted on the premises of Briarwood (remember that part, too?). The struggles begin at that point, when, as always, several chances of misunderstood situations clash together to create an emotional chaos.
I think what I enjoyed most, contrary to other instances where this happened, is the overlapping of the romances: Jane & Preston and Grace & Marcus.
If you occasionally wonder how celebrities lead a normal life and realize they don’t, you might enjoy that aspect of the story.
Anywhere You Are is a sweet story in the Return to Briarwood series.
As the daughter of a music legend, Grace Davingham knows all too well what it’s like to be burned by the media’s glare. Now all she wants is to be left to do her painting and conservation work in peace, with no intention of returning to the spotlight. But after she sprains her ankle hiking and a handsome real-estate mogul comes to her rescue, Grace once again finds herself in the public eye.
Sexy, successful, and averse to any attachments, Marcus Colby thrives on rigid discipline in order to manage both his real-estate investment company and his personal life. Marc has no time for fun, and no patience for crazy. Which is why meeting Grace—and inheriting an enormous Great Dane who won’t listen to a word he says—has turned Marc’s carefully constructed world upside down.
Only when Grace and Marc square off over a local controversy do they realize how different they really are. But if opposites attract, their love is destined to bind them together—forever.
Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.