- File Size: 2386 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Publisher: Zebra Books (July 28, 2020)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07ZPKVHQX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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She writes for Kensington, Penguin Random House UK Rouge Romance, Carina and Cleis Press and is known for both her unconventional heroes and her joy at subverting romance cliches. In her spare time she self publishes science fiction erotic romance, historical romance and whatever else she can imagine.
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Ben doesn't quite know where he belongs, now that his dad has made it clear that the family ranch is being left to his older brother. He occasionally picks up work on the Morgan Ranch leading their guests on trail rides. He can't pass up the chance to escort the now-grown up actress from his sister's favorite childhood show.
Silver has had every part of her life monitored and controlled, some of it for good reason. She's ready to move past her past and show that she's not the spoiled princess everyone thinks she is.
Their trail ride ends up much more exciting than either of them had ever considered, and it's a difficult - yet perfectly reasonable - transition back to their previously separate lives. By this point I could really appreciate the emotional connection between these characters - the experiences they shared along the trail built a bond between them that neither one was prepared to acknowledge, much less pursue. Their HEA really did seem impossible to achieve.
The story becomes much more emotionally intense in the second half, as both Ben and Silver have to deal with a myriad of obstacles in their pursuit of their own life goals before addressing the obstacles to a future together. I was completely involved in both families' stories and while there are no true villains involved, there are enough dragons to slay to make their HEA satisfying and triumphant.
I really loved this return visit to the Morgan Valley fictional world. Each book is just as captivating as the last, with an easy-going writing style and vibrant, memorable characters. If you love modern-day cowboys as much as I do, this series is not to be missed. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
If it’s not obvious from the above paragraph, I loved this story. Ben and Silver bring out the best in one another. Silver had a tendency to slip into the rich, privileged, spoiled role a bit too easily the first couple of days she’s with Ben. But his reaction, or non-reaction, had a humbling effect on Silver and made her realize how different her life was from most of the rest of the world. Not that she was blind to her privilege and all its trappings. Sometimes when you’re right in the middle of it all and it is how your day to day life is, it’s easy to forget how lucky you really are. So, while I was quite prepared to have some dislike for Silver, she always redeemed herself. And generally, almost immediately. The author did a wonderful job of making a character who could have easily ended up an unlikable caricature into a truly well-liked character instead.
Romance often uses lack of communication between its characters as a device to move the story in certain directions. One of the great things about this story is the honesty these two tried to have with each other. Almost every single misunderstanding that happened with Ben and Silver had to do with outside forces. Other people telling them half-truths and leading them in the wrong direction. Their connection was strong enough that, even when they would huff off in their own direction, they knew it couldn’t be the end. Sure, they did enough to self-sabotage. But they had a lot of help from people who had their best interests at heart but were very misguided.
Jeff Miller, Ben’s dad, always seems to somehow come through for his kids by the end of their stories. And even his mom is slowly trying to pull herself out of the whole she put herself into 20 years ago. Yet I still cannot forgive either of them. Being nice and helping things along once in a while does not give anyone, even a person’s father, the right to be a jerk the other 95% of the time. We find out that Ben’s mom did something important for him in the past. That’s great. But it was her being a mom, not being some sort of altruistic stranger. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over these two. There are couple of Miller boys still waiting for their HEAs, so we’ll see.
Speaking of families, I wouldn’t be averse to Silver’s siblings getting HEAs, too. I love how they banded together and stuck up for each other. And I still want to know what Aaron’s birth name is!
** I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in my review are my own and given freely. **