If you’re a big fan of the Rough Rider series, this trio of shorts is a must for you. The three stories take up where the Happily Ever After left off for three different McKay family households. I for one am a big fan (I suspect it’s because I’m nosey) of learning what happens next in stories.
In the first story, Cam visits the most horrific death scene of his life while out doing his deputy sheriff’s duty on Valentine’s day. He’s never seen anything like it and it pushes a few darkly emotional buttons for him that he didn’t even realized he had or thought were long dormant. It was a murder-suicide by a man suffering from PTSD who killed his wife while lost in his head and then kills himself out of remorse. Cam is afraid to go home to Domini and their kids thinking he needs time alone, but with the help of friends and family he learns that home is exactly where he needs to be to chase away the darkness. Domini has just the right prescription to chase away his demons.
The next story is a follow up on Chassie, Trevor and Edgard. They are a family with three children. Their oldest child is takes the brunt of a bully who uses their unorthodox family as his way to taunt. After a weekend away for some hot loving, the three parents find themselves trying to decide how to handle this issue, but soon learn that they were wrong to isolate themselves from family who can help and support them.
The final story takes up Jack and Keely’s lives as they learn how to live and deal with being expectant parents and being parents sometimes with hilarious results. Keely’s hormones do funny things to how she perceives things and Jack is just trying to figure out what’s going on. But when all is said and done, it is too each other they cling when its time for the birth to happen. And afterwards, Jack shows Keely that she is still the sexiest woman to him.
Each of the stories was enjoyable with some being more so than the others. They each reach out and ask for a different emotional response because the people involved are in different places in their lives at the time which makes it nigh impossible to say one is better than the next. If I had to pick, I’d choose story number one for how it tugged at my heart as my favorite though the humor in story three might run it a close second.
As I said, this anthology is a must read for Rough Rider fans. I recommend the series to folks who love hot and sassy Contemporary Western Romance.