by Michelle Beattie
Release Date: January 23, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Book #2 in the Tangled Up in Texas series
Number of pages: 286
Source: ARC from publisher
Contemporary Romance/Western M/F
Read 1/21/20 to 1/22/20
Gage Granger knew back in high school that his friend and secret crush was desperate to get out of Last Stand, Texas. But with his roots running deep into the Hill Country soil of his family’s ranch, he couldn’t leave and so made the tough decision to let her go.
When Faith Stone runs into Gage in a San Antonio bar, she’s had just enough to drink to act on feelings that haven’t cooled in six years. And enough sense to flee the morning after. Yet almost twelve weeks later she’s back in her hometown and despite her life-altering news, her plan’s the same—leave Last Stand and its painful memories behind. Faith will never be anyone’s burden or responsibility again.
For Gage, Faith has always been the one. But he’ll have an uphill battle to convince her his heart is true.
I’m sure glad I discovered this author. Back in August, I read my first Michelle Beattie book. It was the first in this series, Cowboy Up. I didn’t realize until later she is know for her pirates and that had been her first contemporary romance. I’m glad she’s sticking with the contemporary romance thing with this series because she’s really great at it.
Faith and Gage have a wonderful chemistry. Both as friends and as a romantic attraction. Of course, they both keep so much from each other they don’t realize they aren’t alone in their years of attraction. As the story unfolds and they let go of their past hurts, they start to heal old wounds caused by their families.
While Faith could drive me crazy with her doubts and insecurities, I also could understand where she was coming from. Talk about a twisted childhood. Between her mom and her grandma, it’s a surprise she had any sort of self esteem at all. Faith is such a wonderful person that they few people she’s let in have tried tearing a hole in her view of herself.
Although Gage is such a wonderful man and a great character, he even has faults. They are hard to find, but they are there. Luckily, he’s such a good guy that once they are pointed out to him he admits to said flaws and decides to work on them.
I am anxiously awaiting stories on the rest of the Granger brothers. I love this author’s story telling.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**