I’ve enjoyed this series and this is the fourth installment. This would have to be my least favorite so far as the plot just wasn’t very original. As usual I enjoyed the author’s banter between the hero, heroine, and their respective family members. The sexual aspect of the story was a little awkward at first since neither had harbored any deep desire for the other prior to the striking of the “deal.” I was very interested in Gabe’s relationship with his father and the reason behind the animosity but was disappointed when that was revealed. Once the awkwardness passed in the bedroom the physical relationship got inventive and helped blossom feelings where before there had been none.
The Coleman’s are a large presence in Rocky Mountain House. Gabe is from the Angel branch, cousins to the Six Pack branch. He’s a caretaker and a giver and is often abused by his family, but not in a mean way; he just always comes through and that is a given. Ally struck me as a giver with some taker tendencies when it came to her family. She needs an excuse to come home for her terminally ill mom and she uses Gabe for that, with her knowledge of organic farming as an even exchange for the subterfuge. Both characters knew up front what was happening -- it was their collective families who were kept in the dark. It was refreshing for a change that the main characters weren’t hiding from one another a big dark secret. At least until they started to fall for their own story. All in all a good addition to the series, but not up to the strength of the previous books.
Sometimes even Angels must learn to fly…
Allison Parker needs a convincing excuse to come home to Rocky Mountain House. A hopelessly romantic reason that won’t let her mother suspect the truth—that Allison has discovered Mom is keeping a terrible secret from the family.
Gabe Coleman is struggling with two of the roughest parts of ranching: dealing with his bull-headed mule of a father, and making enough to pay the bills. When his old friend Allison offers to help him develop his ideas for organic ranching—in trade for pretending to be her fiancé—it sounds like the perfect set-up.
Yet the deception leads them in an unexpected direction, where their shared daily hells are erased by nights of heavenly distraction. It’s not supposed to be real, but once the gates are opened, there’s no denying they’ve found in each other a little bit of Paradise.
To break free of the past and face the future, though, will take more than temporary pleasures. It’ll take putting their hearts on the line.
Warning: Tortured hero with a guardian-angel complex, grief-stricken heroine willing to sacrifice everything for family. Break out the tissues, this trip to the ranch is a heartbreaker on the way to the HEA.