Published by Indigo Group Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Romance, Western
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Thirty-one year old Claire Hatley is running from Seattle having just discovered that her live-in boyfriend has traded her in for a twenty-two year old hostess. Devastated and alone Claire must make a fresh start. She answers an ad for a chef at a guest ranch just outside Colorado Springs and finds herself face to face with Cole Mitchell, quite possibly the sexiest man to ever ride a horse. Common sense tells them to stay away from each other, but their attraction is not to be denied. He gives her a glimpse of what love should be, but just as she starts to trust him, the past comes back to tear them apart.
Join Claire and Cole as they embark on the stormy love affair of a lifetime.
I love finding a book with a western theme that I actually enjoy. In my head, when I think about the perfect life, I imagine my husband and our six dogs living on a horse ranch in Montana or some other beautiful countryside. Of course the likely hood of this happening is unlikely, so I liked to find books that can transport me there if only for a few hours. This is definitely one of those books.
So the book starts with Claire basically starting her life over from scratch, betrayed by her boyfriend she literally leave her life with him and her life her city in the rearview mirror. Looking to start a new life she takes a job on a ranch as a chef, and so her journey begins. As a character, I can definitely understand her motivation for leaving her life behind, and I can also understand why she reacts certain ways to some situations, after her situation with her ex-boyfriend it’s understand that she would have some trust issues. As a character, I really likes her, I rooted for her to get her happy ending, and more over I appreciated that she was both a good person and fallible at the same time.
Cole is the owner of the ranch Claire goes to work at, and their attraction is both visceral and instant. He too has his own relationship baggage, but his is more in the past than her’s so it’s less of an impact on how he lives his life. He’s a good guy, good looking, and a cowboy in every way. To me, it feels like he was raised right, has a lot of respect for the importance of family, and is an honorable man.
The love story between Cole and Claire is fun to read, there is definitely some hot and heavy sex scenes, so if that’s not your thing, this may not be the book for you. As with any couple starting a new relationship, or hell being in any kind of relationship, they do go through their share of bumps in the road. Some are minor bumps that are easily worked through, and other, well, they shake the foundation of their relationship so much you wonder if they are really meant to be together.
Overall, the book was great fun to read. I really did enjoy it. I liked that they were both good people who weren’t full of themselves and genuinely care about each other and the people in their lives. I liked that Claire’s reactions to painful situations are realistic, I have had more than one friend react to thing exactly like she did. I liked that both Claire and Cole had close family ties that were good support systems. As for the things I didn’t like, well one of the hiccups in their relationship came in the form of a woman, and she reads like the stereotypical maneater, she doesn’t have the kind of dimension I think she needed to make her pop of the page. While I know she is a character I am not suppose to like, there were a couple of moments were I came quite close to skipping to the end to just avoid having to read her on the page (glad I didn’t though).
If you like books with nature/western elements in them, and are looking for a romance, this is totally a book I would recommend. There is graphic situations so if that’s your thing add this book to your reading list. I have to say I really liked it.