And land on your feet?
When Grace Williams topples from the balcony at the soon-to-open Hotel Fortune, the last thing she expects is to find love with her new bosses’ brother.
Wiley Fortune is visiting from Chicago, and the polished attorney has looks, money, and charm to spare. But Grace’s past makes her wary of investing her heart—and risking her job.
Do a small-town Texan and a city sophisticate really have a chance?
Titles in The Fortunes of Texas: The Hotel Fortunes multi-author series include – Her Texas New Year’s Wish by Michelle Major – Their Second-Time Valentine by Helen Lacey (February 2021) – An Unexpected Father by Marie Ferrarello (March 2021) – Runaway Groom by Lynn Marshall (April 2021) – An Officer and A Fortune by Nina Crespo (May 2021) – Cowboy in Disguise by Allison Leigh (June 2021)
Title: Her Texas New Year’s Wish
Series: The Fortunes of Texas: The Hotel Fortunes #1
Author: Michelle Major
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 1, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
My Rating: 4 stars
If you’ve read The Fortunes of Texas: Rambling Rose series then you’ll feel right at home with the beginning story, Her Texas New Year’s Wish, in The Fortunes of Texas: The Hotel Fortunes series. I love the continuity of The Fortunes, and you’ll discover that we’ll pick right up from Rambling Rose with some characters we know well, of course, some new ones, and the stories that we didn’t quite get before that will, hopefully, tie up all the loose romantic ends (pairings) that didn’t find their happiness in the previous series.
Yet, you could easily pick up Grace and Wiley’s story without going back – although I would recommend the Rambling Rose series since it has some amazing romances – anything you’d need to know about secondary characters who already got their happy ending is with ease and naturally noted within narrative or dialogue.
Work has continued on the new hotel some of the Fortune family have been working on to the point where they’re mere weeks away from the official opening. Wiley has traveled from his home in Chicago for a birthday party and family get together at the almost opened hotel. He’s the loner of the family, the one who felt stifled by the closeness and constantly falling over a sibling growing up. His desire was for independence, and that might have made him a great lawyer it’s also left him somewhat outside of the rest of his family. Wiley is about to experience love/or lust at first sight, but he’s too self-contained and controlled to ever realize that’s what the immediate feeling of knowing, of needing to be near Grace however illogical that might be. Grace also feels the immediate draw to this stranger but before they could explore this an unusual accident happens which sends Grace to the hospital – and Wiley into protective mode.
I enjoyed Her Texas New Year’s Wish very much. Two people who experience an intense attraction to each other yet are reluctant to pursue that for their own reasons. Wiley because he’s too independent to need anyone, and Grace because she’s been betrayed in the worst way and is guarding her heart. There was, for me, a combination of instant attraction yet slow burn to their romance. And, I have to admit, that I was often annoyed by Grace’s family. I understood their reasoning, but I wanted to sit them down for a serious, stern conversation all too often.
The road to a happy ending for Grace and Wiley isn’t without potholes, but I certainly enjoyed the ride. A very good beginning to The Fortunes of Texas: The Hotel Fortunes series, this one I’m definitely looking forward to.
I own a Kindle edition of this title.
Available in paperback or for your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.