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Rough Stock (Star Valley) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 20, 2016
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"Rough Stock" Star Valley #1 is by author Dahlia West. There are currently seven titles listed in this series however only the first three are available for purchase. The fourth is due out this Fall.
Star Valley is a series I am so happy to come across. Since I was unfamiliar with this author, I unashamedly admit it was the cover that sold me! There are a mixed bag of ratings and reviews for it, however it was a Five Star for me. This sexy, romantic, slightly angsty story brought out all my "feels." Every single one!
As you will read, reasons of morality and strong conscience issues made it difficult for this couple to reach their HEA. Literally, everyone is adding their "two cents." I admit that if I found myself in a similar situation, I'm not sure what I would have done. Sometimes the right thing is the wrong thing. This story was classic in that way. That said, I was beyond thrilled and not a little relieved by the end.
Welcome to Star Valley, Wyoming and the home of the hot, sexy five Barlow brothers. These ranchers have been falling on hard times thanks to mother nature but they are no less determined to save their land and the legacy that comes with it.
Seth Barlow is the middle brother. He is the quiet one. The one to always be relied on the most. And unfortunately the one who always puts his family's needs before his own. Over the years, Seth made many sacrifices keeping peace and harmony among his family. Each of his brothers has a strong, unique personality. I fell in love with Seth from chapter one. The author has a talent for letting us live inside her character's minds. There is plenty of internal monologue with just as much dialogue as a result giving us a steady, smooth flow. I didn't skip one single page because I was afraid to miss something important.
Our heroine, Rowan, reluctantly returns to town to take care of her father who recently had a heart attack. Not only does she care for all her father's needs, she is determined to keep their family farm surviving. If not just for financial reasons but so that her four year old daughter will have a legacy. Rowan never ever intended to move back to her family home. And she never wanted to see her ex-boyfriend again. He cheated on her and abandoned her when she most needed him. Rowan hated him then and she hates him even now while determined to keep him away from her. Even if he is one of the sexy Barlow brothers. And especially because her daughter has his same eyes.
When Seth Barlow sees Rowan in town for the first time since she left, he is instantly attracted and it seems he can't stay away from her. And he should since she is his brother's ex. Even so, Seth is always coming to her rescue even if she doesn't want or need him too. Even if he's not the Barlow she hates.
These two have a long journey ahead of them. The road to their happiness is brimming with obstacles; the biggest being Court, Seth's youngest brother and man Rowan wants nothing to do with.
This is not Court's story however he was a big part of it. He has a lot of mistakes to make up for and just as much growing up to do. I am looking forward to his book.
Everything about this book was amazing to me. It was a great beginning to this series. Dahlia West has become one of my favorite authors and I am excited to read the rest of the Star Valley series. Yes the Barlow brothers are yummy! (even Court)
Rowan is all too familiar with the Barlow's, in particular Seth's irresponsible younger brother Court. She's done all she can to avoid ever seeing him again. But she's back now because her family needs her and it's time to face the consequences. There's instant chemistry between the two of them, but how is this expected work when things are so complicated? Neither leads an easy life and when Seth steps in to help ease some of Rowen's burdens, she realizes how truly lonely she is, but can she count on Seth to stick it through?
I would absolutely recommend this new series and I'm excited to continue to read on about all the brothers.
Truth is, the book is awesome. It felt real. The characters were strong. The story was very well paced. It is a book you can enjoy from the beginning.
I loved that the dipsh@&) was a dipsh@&$! He did not turn into a hero in 30 pages!
I loved that the sister was almost mean when she told Rowan her thoughts!
I love that there are so many brothers....meaning, a lot of book to come!
I totally recommend this book!
Already downloaded #2 and #3!
A love story that, burdened by the past, family, life and societies expectations that still manages to work out.
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I will probably read the next in the series about a different brother.