Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family’s legacy, he’s forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O’Keefe. Ben’s never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago—or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she’d moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she’s become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben’s sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories…
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull’s Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie’s lost her heart.
FTC: Although this author has featured on the blog several times, I have no real relationship with her. This review was requested by the publicist for a fair and honest review.
This was a very sweet book that kept me entertained but never really hooked me in. I liked both of the characters but I hated pretty much every other person in the book; they were horrible individuals. Although the trope was second chance love, I felt that there wasn’t enough emotional focus on that particular plot. Things weren’t resolved, they were brushed under the carpet and then they picked up where they left off. It didn’t fit with the amount of hurt both professed to have at the start of the tale. I really enjoyed the world that Ms Braemel created (cowboys?? Come on, you know me :D) and there is every chance that I will pick up the next one.
The romance itself was very cute. They were very good together and I liked the way that they dealt with all the issues with the land. I believed in them as a couple but I did get more than a little bit annoyed with the does he/doesn’t he love me nonsense; they kept stating that this was a more adult relationship than they had before but they never could seem to talk to each other about their feelings. I felt that more emotional angst was spent on this aspect than the hurt and betrayal of the relationship before.
As I stated earlier, I really did dislike the majority of the other players in this tale. The Grandmother, both of their Fathers and his Mother?? All terrible people. The person claiming that he had part of the land? Horrible person. Ms Braemel did a very good job because I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to hate them immensely…. I liked only the brother and the romantic couple. It helped me engage with the story more, really routing for the HEA. I wanted to know what the secret was and, to be honest, I was actually quite surprised with the twists that came out. It was fun and these are the bits that will keep me reading this series.
Overall, if you like sweet cowboys with a bit of heat, this is one that could be for you. I liked the world building that Ms Braemel did and so will continue with this story.