This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Western Romance
Published by Signet
Released on March 3, 2015
Things have been set in motion and the Cavanaugh Brothers are that much closer to discovering the identity of their little sister’s killer. Is the truth locked up in former Sheriff Hunter’s deteriorating memories or the memories of the violent man who attacked Sheridan and sits in prison? Cole doesn’t know the answer to this, but he’s beginning to have second thoughts. They have waited for so long and he fears that knowing the truth will do nothing for the swirl of guilt, disgust and feelings that churn inside him and fuel the anger that helps him win his fights in the cage. His older brothers have let love weaken them and that’s something he’ll never do and then there is the wild card half-brother that Cole isn’t sure how he feels about. If that wasn’t enough, a sudden call from Grace Hunter, the fiery woman who got a restraining order against him because he took strong action to get answers out of her father calls offering to help him get the answers he needs. Does he trust her motives? Nope, but that doesn’t mean he won’t play her game.
Grace’s conviction is shattered when her father, in one of his semi-lucid moments, talks of hidden knowledge about Cassie Cavanaugh’s death. She loves her dad and wants to protect him. She doesn’t want him spending his final years in prison especially because he’s innocent- or at least she wants to believe this. But she also understands the pain and need for the truth that drives the Cavanaughs. She can help them discover the truth up to the point where it might lead to her dad and then she’ll have a big decision to make. That means she needs to partner with the disconcerting Cole Cavanaugh. He makes her bristle and not just with anger. The man and his arrogant, confident ways gets under her skin. He’s honest about his avoidance of relationships and limited time in River Black so it would be foolhardy to fall for such a man. She wants someone steady and rooted not a bad boy. The simmering Cole, his intensity and his bigger than life personality make every other option seem dull by comparison. So Grace gets the shock of her life to discover that she, a small town vet with average looks, is the one to capture the fiery MMA fighter’s attention and force him to really wish he had it in him to be in a relationship.
I find myself more locked in and in love with this series the further I progress. James’ book was great, but the smoldering and bold Cole is sizzling. This book went fast for me and yet it engaged me and left me satisfied. I loved the sultry heat that Cole brings to a scene and Grace’s sweet, but sassy flavor really got under Cole’s skin. He was so cute with that basset hound that just adored him even though he tried to pretend that he didn’t want her. The long-standing mystery of Cassie’s death advances so that startling answers are revealed by the end of this one. There were also frequent scenes that involved the whole family including the elusive Blue Perez. The end set things up nicely to flow into Blue’s book. I can’t wait.
All in all, I’m riding high on this series and love this family of brothers and their romances. Lovers of sizzling contemporary western romance with a strong dose of suspense should really take a good look at these.
My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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