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Maverick (Star Valley) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 3, 2016
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My Rating: 5 Stars....to "Maverick" Star Valley #3 by author Dahlia West. With each book by this author I have read, she is quickly becoming a favorite...
In this third book the ranch is on the mend. There is still a long way to go but the Barlows are determined to succeed. As well as the main story there is an element of mystery and possibly danger in the way of a trespasser.
"Maverick" is a darker novel compared to the first two in the series. This book features the second oldest Barlow brother, Austin. He is my favorite so far. Technically, Austin is second oldest because his oldest brother, and twin Walker was born three minutes earlier. Austin is a mature character in his mid thirties but the last thing on his mind is settling down with a woman. Austin's first priority is moving the ranch forward financially. He has amazing ideas and concepts to make that happen. In fact, he is being given an award to honor his successes and ideas. So of course while he gets to spend the night in a fancy hotel, he may as well find some female company. And he sets his sights on one immediately.
Leah Pierce was amazing. Despite all that she has suffered in her life, she is trying to live a normal, happy life. That isn't easy considering her luck is usually bad. Leah is spending the weekend at a fancy hotel while attending a friend's wedding. While there, her friend convinces her to act on her desire for a certain sexy cowboy that caught her eye.
What follows is a one-night stand, a miracle and lots of complications. Weeks after her night with Austin, she shows up on the ranch looking for him. To say is a little surprised at seeing her again is an understatement. He is not happy and suspicious once he realizes why she sought him out. Before Austin could stop his first reactions, cruel and insulting words spew fourth from his mouth.
What follows is a beautiful angsty story of two people finding love. Leah wasn't expecting to ever find love or even to be happy. Austin sure as heck wasn't looking for it. Fate knew better.
After I got over Austin's verbal vomit (which was quickly), I admired and adored him. He was perfect. I never expected him to be such a softy when it came to Leah. Austin is a tough, alpha cowboy who isn't afraid of anything or anyone, especially when it comes to protecting and caring for those he loves. However, Austin did have one fear. And that is losing Leah. He would do anything to make sure that never happened.
I can't say too much for fear of giving too much of this story away. "Maverick" was heartbreaking and emotional. It was sexy and sensual. But there is darkness too.
This book is definitely on my "favorites" and 'book boyfriends" lists.
There's real struggle and honesty and emotions in these pages.
I got frustrated, and angry and I cried.
I was excited for this series because well-Cowboys, but also because it was something different for West. And so far she has more than delivered.
I anxiously await book 4....is it fall yet?
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