A WOMAN NEVER FORGETS HER FIRST COWBOY . . . As a single mother, Naomi Sullivan is used to doing things on her own. She's finally saved enough from working at the Cortez Ranch to buy a lovely home for her and her little girl. Life is going as planned. But when her high school sweetheart comes riding back to town, this self-sufficient woman feels something she hasn't felt in years: red-hot, unbridled need for the handsome cowboy who left her behind.
Lucas Cortez doesn't plan on being in town long. Yet when he sees Naomi again-the gorgeous girl he never stopped loving-he's tempted to hang up his hat and stay awhile. He's already charmed his way into her daughter's heart, but he'll need more than sweet talk and roses to convince Naomi to give them a second chance-especially when she's hiding a secret that could change their lives forever . . .
Series: Rocky Mountain Riders #2 | Publisher: Forever | Release Date: June 26, 2017 | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: Publisher | Rating: 3.5 Cups
She’s sassy, he’s stubborn and I was totally cheering them on.
Here’s what’s going on. Lucas willingly went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit and rather than coming home after he was released, he stayed away. Although now that he’s temporarily back in town, he can’t help but want to stay and rekindle things with the woman he still loves. Lucas may have broken her heart but when Naomi sees him again, she knows he still has her heart. Although it’s not just her heart she has to worry about, it’s her daughters as well. But she’s willing to fight to give their relationship another try. The hard part is convincing Lucas to stay.
Lucas and Naomi were so great together. They were high school sweethearts and, even though he broke her heart, the love they had was still there, they just needed to figure out somethings. Naomi needed to figure out how to let a man into her life when it’s just been her and her daughter and Lucas was worried that the stigma of the crime he took the blame for would harm Naomi and Gracie. And rather than jumping back into a relationship, they took their time.
This one lack conflict between Lucas and Naomi but it worked. The internal conflict that Lucas was struggling with was enough and I didn’t miss the conflict between them. And there was a ton of outside drama going on, so there was a lot of things happening at one. While the added drama worked, I could have done without the who’s the daddy drama. It sort of felt out of place.
One thing that sort of bugged me was the fact that when Gracie asked where Lucas had been all these years, Naomi wouldn’t let Lucas tell her the truth. I think it’s always better to be honest about things rather than trying to shield your kid because in the end, it just makes things worse.
So, this one was the second book in the series and works well as a standalone. I didn’t miss anything having not read the first book but, seeing as I had so much fun with this one, I’m eager to read the first one.
Overall, I liked this one. I enjoyed spending time with the Cortez family and the women who love them. And I found a new-to-me author who I’m eager to check out.
Rocky Mountain Riders Series
Renegade Cowboy (coming late 2017)