Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Second Chances, Western
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Liberty Beckett was so used to watching longtime crush Deacon McCrea ride at her family's Reckless, Arizona, arena, she nearly forgot the handsome cowboy was an attorney. But it won't be hard to remember now that Deacon is representing her father in the legal battle dividing the Beckett clan and threatening the Easy Money Rodeo Arena.
This case is Deacon's chance to clear his name in Reckless. He didn't anticipate the powerful effect Liberty would have on him. Their attraction is undeniable…and a huge conflict of interest. To save his career and Liberty's relationship with her family, Deacon knows he needs to avoid Liberty. But what a man needs and what he wants are two very different things….
Who doesn’t love a cowboy? I know I love em. I think part of what stood out to me about this book was that it was three women who were making their way in a world dominated by men, and more than that they were wildly successful at running a rodeo business. There is a lot going on in this book, a series of difficult family dynamics, a quest to find out the truth about something that happened many years ago, and of course a bit of a love story.
So the book starts of with Liberty meeting her father, Mercer, for the first time (well not meeting him for the first time, since he’s also the father of her brother and sister, but she didn’t actually know he was her father until she was an adult). Liberty is of course very emotional at this meeting. And who should also be at the meeting, well that would be Deacon, the boy she’s always had a crush on, but it turns out Deacon is her father’s lawyer and the business her mother owned actually half belongs to her father and he wants back in. To say this is a recipe for disaster would be a bit of an understatement.
So first off, I am torn on how I feel about Mercer. He clearly loves his family and just wants to put it all back together, but he goes about it in the worst way possible. There’s no other way to put it but then to say he is without a doubt a bully. He has legal documents to bully his wife into doing what he wants instead of dealing with their issues on a more personal level. And he even interferes with his daughters love life in a truly wrong way. I really didn’t like the sister Cassidy, but I have a feeling more is going on with her than meets the eye. Sunny, Liberty’s mom is just as bad as Mercer is, she with holds information under the guise of protection but really she is just acting selfishly. These two people do not produce feelings of sunshine and happiness for their kids as a result.
Poor Liberty is really stuck in between everything, and it’s a horrible place for her to be in. Deacon is really good to her and for her in my opinion and I liked the chemistry they had with each other. Deacon has his own problems, and accident when he was a kid has haunted him as well as seriously damaged his reputation around town, and he’s back to put things in order. Turns out Liberty is more than willing to help him in his quest. There’s a lot going on in this book, but it never feels like too much, and the pacing is really good. At the end of the day this is a sweet love story that is complicated by some dysfunctional family elements, which makes it all the more fun of a read.