Montana Wishes by Amy Vastine

Caught between friendship

and falling in love…

Amanda Harrison’s life is changing way too fast. Discovering that she’s really one of the Montana Blackwells was hard enough. Now Blake Collins—her best friend and the guy Amanda’s secretly in love with—is engaged to someone else.

But Montana cowboy country has a way of claiming its own. And being a Blackwell means Amanda must learn how to fight for herself…and for the love she deserves.

Titles in The Blackwell Sisters series include –Montana Welcome by Melinda Curtis – Montana Wishes by Amy Vastine – Montana Dreams by Anna J. Stewart –  Montana Match by Carol Ross – Montana Wedding by Cari Lynn Webb

*this series, ‘The Blackwell Sisters‘ is either a spin-off or another in this particular world – depends on how you look at it.  🙂  Either way, it is connected to another series.

Here are the titles in the Return of the Blackwell Brothers multi-author series –   The Rancher’s Twins by Carol Ross – The Rancher’s Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb – The Rancher’s Redemption by Melinda Curtis – The Rancher’s Fake Fiancee by Amy Vastine – The Rancher’s Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart (the Return of the Blackwell Brothers series was reviewed on my Keeper Bookshelf blog – you can find these reviews there if you wish)

Title:  Montana Wishes
Series:  The Blackwell Sisters #2
Author:  Amy Vastine
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  September 1, 2020
Publisher:  Harlequin Heartwarming
My Rating:  3 stars

Montana Wishes is the second title in The Blackwell Sisters, a spin-off from The Blackwell Brothers series.  Although you don’t have to have read about the brothers to enjoy this new series (but they are really good stories so you might want to check them out).

I am so torn about Amanda and Blake’s story, to the point where I hesitated to write up this review… but just because I couldn’t love this couple (and I tried) that doesn’t mean that you won’t embrace them with open arms.  Amanda.  She pushed the potential for happiness away with a hard shove from both hands.  Without giving away spoilers, there were other possibilities that she just would or could not embrace.  Blake.  He decided to ‘settle’ when he couldn’t have his heart’s desire, but trying to force his choice and his real love into being best friends just landed so badly and he became a bit of a bully in my eyes.

These two were best friends, owned a business together… and loved each other in a romantic fashion that they could or would not acknowledge to themselves or each other.  When their happy ending came (which it eventually will) I accepted it but didn’t believe in it… and that isn’t how I want to end a romance novel.  I felt empathy for them both, their situation sucked but I couldn’t like them enough to root for them to find a way.  Actually, for me, Amanda came off as a brat and Blake as a bully.  I wish I felt differently for I enjoy this author’s work – but I simply couldn’t believe in this couple.

Now.  This is my opinion, my reactions, what you’d think or feel might be completely different so I’m not saying this book isn’t good – it’s a good story that moves the series along – but it isn’t a story that I will pick up again.

I own a Kindle edition of Montana Wishes.

Available in paperback or your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.

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