My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ebook, 288 pages
Expected publication: June 30th 2015 by Loveswept
ISBN 1101884967 (ISBN13: 9781101884966)
series Whisper Creek #3
other editions (1)
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In this sexy Whisper Creekromance for readers of Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe, a red-hot cowboy uses some Montana magic to give a reclusive beauty her happily ever after.
Yoga instructor Jessalyn Alcott radiates peace, calm, and serenity—on the outside. Inside, she still feels like the broken, desperate girl from the trailer park. She’s got dark secrets she can’t share, which is why she never lets her relationships go beyond the third date. But when she travels to the Whisper Creek dude ranch for a friend’s wedding, Jess is enchanted by a cowboy whose deep blue eyes, dimpled smile, and rock-hard body make it tough to remember why she keeps running scared.
Cole Driscoll has struggled to find his place on a family ranch where he’s always played second fiddle. His future might be uncertain, but he’s sure of one thing: He wants Jess by his side. Easier said than done. When it comes to getting close, she’s full of excuses, and he longs to fix the hurt he sees in her eyes. Now that she’s at Whisper Creek, there’s nothing he wants more than to break down the walls around her heart and heal her pain with the power of love.
Jess started over 13 years ago, leaving behind a life that no child should have to live. Changing her name, going to college, starting her own business and generally building a life to be proud of. 2 years ago visiting Whisper Creek Montana for the first time where her friend Kyla met the eldest Driscoll brother, Kyla than fell in love and then got married while Jess and her other friend Haley attended the wedding.
Now a year later it is Haley who is marrying and once again Jess finds herself going to Whisper Creek, however before she leaves she is shocked to be faced once again with a past she longs to forget.
When it is revealed to reader what Jess is hiding it will make your heart hurt for what she went through as a child before finally escaping at age 16. It will also make you angry on Jess’s behalf, both as a child and as the traumatized adult she grew into.
Cole is a real sweetheart, lovely with children as well as those unsure or afraid of horses and riding. Best of all he has patience and understanding rather than acting abruptly when it comes to Jess as she has trust issues to overcome.
Easy flow, likable well developed characters, elements of suspense and drama, contemporary cowboy western romance that I enjoyed from beginning to end. Only wish now had read previous two books as would have loved to watch the series unfold from beginning for inhabitants of Whisper Creek.
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]