by Sara Richardson
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Book #5 in the Rocky Mountain Riders series
Number of pages: 448
Source: Net Galley ARC
Contemporary Romance/Western M/F
As a champion barrel racer, Charity Stone has learned to hold her own in the male-dominated rodeo world. There’s no cowboy she can’t handle…except for one. Officer Dev Jenkins has made it clear he doesn’t look at her like one of the guys. He’s caught her attention but Charity doesn’t do relationships–especially not with a cowboy. When she suddenly finds herself in charge of her thirteen-year-old nephew, who’s had a few brushes with the law, Charity has no choice but to ask for the deputy’s help.
Dev hasn’t stopped fantasizing about Charity since she moved to Topaz Falls, but she’s been hell-bent on keeping her distance. When she comes to him for help with her nephew, he finally has the chance to make his move. Winning her over won’t be easy, though—especially when her nephew’s mistakes start to threaten his town. How can he do his job and still convince Charity he’s the cowboy for her?
Charity and Dev are two of the most fragile people on the inside with the toughest exteriors. They are both wonderful humans who care deeply, sometimes too deeply. While their early childhoods are very similar, the rest of their growing up years are drastically different and it shows. Dev has at least learned to trust others. He still has a fear of abandonment, but he knows enough to know to love and lose is better than never having love. Charity still has these lessons to learn.
As well as Dev and Charity making my heart ache, we have Charity’s nephew Bodie who is like a wounded animal. Bodie needs a lot of love and wants a lot of love and tenderness, but he trusts nothing and nobody and will lash out without provocation. Charity understands this young man on such a deep level and it wounds her soul to feel like she’s not able to help him.
This is truly a beautiful story of three people finding some deep heeling, love, and stability. I had to double and triple check the page count because I sure didn’t feel like this was an over 400 page book! It flew by and I didn’t want to put it down. This author really amazes me with the chemistry and heart that she writes into her stories.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**