Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin
Released on October 23, 2012
Casey Hudson grew up in an all male household with his father and uncles. He lived all of them falling in love and all the broken hearts they left behind before that. A healthy respect for the female gender, Casey loves them, but he doesn’t flaunt anything he has done or hasn’t done. When the story starts, Casey is ready to go off to college. He has plans and goals that don’t include a girl, especially not Emma Clark. He is attracted to her more than he should be, but he knows he can’t offer her anything. So while he avoids he, he often finds himself defending her, especially since she has slept with a lot of his friends. He doesn’t share.
Emma Carter has a really bad home life. Hated by her mother, she turns to sex as a way to feel loved, when she knows very well it means nothing. The one boy she wants above all is Casey, but she knows he won’t take her on. While Casey is going off to college, Emma is escaping her home life and tells Casey she is leaving. He never expects her to leave in the way she does, pulling him into the situation.
Parting, it is eight years later when Emma comes back to Buckhorn to help her father who is in the hospital. Casey helps her when her car has broken down and all the old emotions rear their ugly and beautiful heads. Emma isn’t the same young girl looking for affection. She has made a life for herself far enough away and doesn’t plan on staying around, even for the one boy she once loved.
Casey graduated college and now works in a career he felt he loved, but is now questioning. His step grandfather is grooming him to take over the company in a fast tracked path. He’s ready to move back to Buckhorn permanently and the girl he once desired is kicking his blood to the boiling point.
As the two get to know each other again, the connection rises again. Casey is kicking himself that he didn’t protect Emma more and understand she didn’t come from a good life. Emma just worried she was a noose around Casey’s neck. Both realize they can’t go back and change things. They can only move forward, but they both have lives outside of Buckhorn. Can they make their way back to Buckhorn and each other?[quote]“You quote double standards to me, but you wanna know what’s really unfair?”
“No.” He pressed into her until she felt his hard flat abdomen against her belly. Oh, God. Her whole body came alive, quivering with primal awareness. “It’s unfair for a gorgeous young woman to keep throwing herself at a guy until he can’t sleep nights for wanting her too much. And then she runs off and no other woman will do because he has a taste for her— a goddamned hunger— yet, damn it, she’s gone.”
Foster, Lori (2012-11-01). The Buckhorn Legacy (The Buckhorn Brothers Book 5) (p. 136). Harlequin. Kindle Edition.[/quote]
A Buckhorn story wouldn’t be complete without time on the lake, which showed off that Casey has a cabin he wants to turn into a home. Maybe sooner than later. The family all makes appearances even all the cousins that have been born since the last Buckhorn book. The father figures…Sawyer, Morgan, Gabe and Jordan, all give their stamp of approval.
While these two had a past that wasn’t about romance, the fell right into place thinking it would be temporary. With every Buckhorn book, there is no temporary about it. Romance seems to fill the air in this town and the handsome, alpha, flirty men fall like a tree yelling “Timberrrrrrr.”
Emma didn’t come to town alone. While gone to Chicago she was taken in by a family who had a son, Damon. Damon and Emma have no spark so don’t worry, but Damon is having a crisis of career, so when Emma heads out he tags along. His story is interspersed with the main one and he finds a woman that is reeling him in and a career spin that may have him also moving to Buckhorn.
So some things get taken care of that should have the night Emma came to Casey’s house, the night she disappeared. Casey does all the stand up things you want a man to do when claiming you. He didn’t hide, he stood proud and he gave everything to Emma. What more could you want? A simple, but complicated romance that hit al the right notes.