- File Size: 2971 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151610451X
- Publisher: Lyrical Caress (February 20, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0719NWKB7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Where do I even begin with Boomer? He’s such a strong, alpha hero but wounded far deeper than the eye can see, yet still honorable with a giant marshmallow heart. As I watched him struggle with PTSD and saw his determination to control his environment and himself, his internal battles were so realistic I felt like I was fighting alongside him. And I loved the message that when he was at what he perceived to be his weakest, he was exhibiting more strength than he realized he had. How could you not love this guy? I just wanted to wrap him up in my arms and make him all better, so I was impressed with Sidney's wisdom in handling him. I loved that Sidney didn’t put up with his shenanigans (Amazon won’t let me use the “S” word I really wanted to), yet also treated him similarly to one of her wild mustangs. I also appreciated that the work Boomer did to get mentally healthy he did for himself, first and foremost.
Sidney was also easy to love. Aside from her penchant for running when things get tough, she was a strong, intelligent woman who had overcome a lot yet still had some challenges. Her gift for horse training made her a natural fit for the ranch, but the shadow of her parents' scandalous history of horse abuse made it even more difficult to prove herself to the outside world.
Then there’s the plot. OMGee, this storyline!! Aside from the fact that the chemistry between Boomer and Sidney was off the charts and so strong it was palpable, there was never a dull moment in this book! It grabbed me by the heart and wouldn’t let go, so I was still caught in its clutches long after the story had ended. Not only was Boomer a little slow in realizing he couldn’t make something be so just because he willed it to be, which of course made for some rough road between him and Sidney, but external circumstances also plotted against them at every turn. I was on the edge of my seat, biting my nails and furiously swiping pages to find out what happened next. My skin was tight and prickly and my heart was thundering in my chest as I read; and is it possible to have an anxiety attack from reading a book?!
Ms. Tharp's story construction reminds me a lot of BJ Daniels and Lindsey McKenna, but (dare I say it?) I think her delivery may be even better! This was one adrenaline rush of a ride with all the elements of an exceptional romantic suspense present and accounted for. These books are standalone but interconnected, so you don’t really have to read them in order. Grab this guaranteed great read now and then pick up the first book in the series. If you’ve not read Ms. Tharp’s work, you’re really missing out, so what are you waiting for? You won’t be sorry!
We first met Mac’s friend whom she served and deployed with in the first book, Bryan “Boomer” Wilcox. It’s been two years since the ending of the first book. Mac and Hank are now married and Hank’s daughter is off to college. Bryan now lives on the Lazy S and is more or less in charge of construction. Bryan has a prosthetic leg. He lost his leg while deployed. Bryan has adjusted pretty well to living with his prosthetic. But there is still pain, both real and phantom, and perhaps some PTSD. In other words, Bryan is still dealing with some demons and perhaps not dealing in the most healthiest of ways.
Now about Sidney Teller. Sidney is a horse trainer. She is a tiny woman but has the strength, both physically and mentally, of a hundred men. (In my opinion, that is.) Sidney is out of money. She is applying for a job as a horse trainer on the Lazy S. But it’s Bryan that recognizes her last name. Her parents were trainers as well, but they were also alcoholics and used abusive methods to train their horses. They were exposed for their abuse and their reputation is making it difficult for anyone to trust Sidney, no matter how good she is at her job, and let me tell you, she is good!
Let me tell you about the star of this book, Sidney’s horse, Eli. This horse stole my heart. He is an escape artist, can get out of any stall and jump any fence. All he wants is to be near Sidney. He kneels down so she can mount his back to ride him. He seems more human than horse most of the time. I can’t wait for you to meet him.
“It felt like he was in her corner, that she had a one-man cheering section, that suddenly she wasn’t so alone, that somehow, she mattered.”
Sidney and Bryan get off to a rough start but Sidney quickly earns Bryan’s respect. It doesn’t take long for the attraction to ignite between them. But Sidney knows that Bryan has demons, demons she can’t allow back into her life again. No matter how much she likes him.
“As much as she liked him, she must cut him free to save herself.”
There is trouble near the Lazy S. There has been evidence of drug dealers in the area running drugs across the border. Everyone is on alert and it doesn’t take long for the trouble to touch them. A camping trip which starts out as a horse training exercise goes wrong and lives are in danger.
First, I fell in love with Sidney and Bryan. They were falling for each other but Sidney fought it hard. She was trying so hard to protect herself and I couldn’t blame her. But swoony Bryan made it pretty difficult. Their romance is kind of a slow build. Now, the first book in this series was pretty suspenseful. But this one, holy smoke, was a nail biter. I think half the book was off the charts intense. I didn’t expect this at all. And the ending was pretty surprising as well. I didn’t expect what happened and it made me love these two all the more.
You don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one. It can definitely be read as a stand alone. But then you would be missing a lot of awesomeness. You might not understsand the relationship as well between Mac and Bryan. But still, it wouldn’t take away from your enjoyment of this one if you haven’t. The author says the next book in the series is called, Hot on the Trail, and I can’t wait. I don’t know who the book will focus on and am so excited to find out.
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