Series: Heart of the Rockies #3
Published by Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Small Town Romance, Romance, Law Enforcement, Contemporary Romance, Alpha Guy
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For Ruby James the Walker Mountain Ranch is her safe haven. Here in Aspen, Colorado, she can finally build a quiet life for herself without fear of her old one rearing its ugly head. Or so Ruby thinks. Any single woman would be happy to indulge a tall, dark, and curious cop-but the closer Ruby gets to him, the closer she gets to losing her newfound peace.
Police officer Sawyer Hawkins is no stranger to secrets. He's ready to leave town for good until a security threat brings him back to Walker Ranch, and Ruby's gorgeous green eyes soon have him second-guessing his decision to go. Her kindness and quiet strength awaken feelings he'd thought long buried, even as her reluctance to talk about her past worries him. The cop in Sawyer only wants the truth-but the man in him wants Ruby in his arms forever . . .
So I wanted to really like this book, but I have to admit that it reminded me a lot of a couple other books I had read with similar storylines. I will say that I really do love small town romances, and I do like the storyline of someone on the run or who has changed their identity, it always adds an extra layer of interest for me.
So Ruby is the person on the run. One day she picked up her life and moved away, she just took the money she had in cash and started driving. When the story starts she’s been working in the kitchen for a little bit but she is still pretty closed off. I think she honestly just doesn’t want to get to attached or maybe she isn’t sure how to after the life she had that she left behind. The thing about Ruby is that she really liked where she is at, and the people she is with, so she just wants to make sure she doesn’t do anything to risk losing that life. She’s a really sweet girl, but she kind of annoyed me with her back and forth. I mean she would kiss Sawyer and then turn around in the next instant and be convinced that it could never happen again.
As for Sawyer, he’s a stand up guy, he really is. When the book starts, he is about to leave town, he had some bad memories in his past that he wants to get away from, and his solution is just leaving his life behind and starting over somewhere else. But before he goes he is helping out at Walker Ranch, where Ruby works, and he is having some serious suspicions. Sawyer is a nice guy, but he has some big hang ups, I mean he is just looking for the bad in everyone, and he pushes so much. There was more then one occasion where he would say something or do something that really hurt other people without thinking it through, or maybe he didn’t care that he was hurting people, I don’t know, he had this warped kind of sense of justice or need to know everything to make sure no one is being taken advantage of and therefore he is justified in his actions. Honestly, I wanted to punch him more than once.
This was a sweet little small town romance, with a side of hidden identity. I did think that Sawyer and Ruby had pretty good chemistry, and the story itself did move at a pretty decent pace. It was a quick read for me.