My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Montlake Romance
edition language English
other editions (2)
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BOOK SYNOPSISA sassy redhead with an axe to grind…
After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she’d never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher’s wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer’s end…and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband.
A bullheaded but oh so sexy cowboy…
A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty—and gorgeous—ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together…forever?
My ThoughtsOkay have totally found my favorite location and favorite couple of all the books read by this author .
There is a lot of water under the bridge between Loretta and Jackson Bailey, divorced after only four years of marriage 17 years ago the two have not seen in each other or kept in touch other than discussing their daughter Nona.
Lonesome Canyon Ranch is in the blood for the 21 year old Nona and having lost her heart to one of her father’s cowboys she is determined to live in Texas full time, her mother on the other hand is just as determined that she finish college in Oklahoma and decides that following her daughter to the ranch is the only hope she has of talking her into changing her mind and coming home with Loretta.
Funny thing about “home”, sometimes we never realize that a place we left behind never left our heart and when Loretta returns to the ranch she has no trouble sliding right back into the day to day operations as if she had never left.In 17 years she had never felt more “at home” than she did while driving the hay truck or the tractor, not only was it satisfying but the sense of a job well done really made her realize just how much she had missed Lonesome Canyon all that time.
Jackson was another story, the electricity the pair feel when sharing the same space is just as volatile as it was when they were young. The boy she agreed to “Like” at age 10 soon became the center of her heart by age 16, married to him when pregnant at 18 Loretta never felt like she measured up so when Jackson made a mistake it did not take much for her to jump to conclusions and grab her baby and run home to her parents in Oklahoma.
Now after all the years apart Loretta has come back to Texas determined to bring her daughter home, living in the ranch house and working with Jackson however shows her that maybe her hasty departure can now be worked out as the love never died for either one of them towards each other.
After a lot of stops and starts which includes lots of reliving the past and looking towards new beginnings for the future we have a very well rounded story that delights both longtime fans of Carolyn Brown as well as new readers of her work.
To this day not sure which character was my favorite but sure had fun meeting all of them!
Second chance romance, Texas ranch location, hot cowboys, gorgeous cowgirls and a whole lot of just plain good old fashioned day to day events that all add up to one engaging reading experience that in no way leaves you feeling unsatisfied with the way things work out.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]