This contemporary romance was wonderfully textured and a nice combination of sensuality and an enthralling plot. There are wonderful asides, including a horse-mad daughter experiencing her own growing pains and an escape-artist hamster, which help balance some of the weightier elements which make one prone to keep a tissue handy. Realistic issues that are faced by many families today make this a relevant read even as the author’s trademark spice reminds us why she is so beloved by her fans. Cameos by a few of the people introduced in the first title of the series give a connection yet this story can definitely be read as a stand-alone. A poignant and enjoyable read.
“Roping Your Heart” by Cheyenne McCray is a delightful novella that is part of her ‘Riding Tall’ series. Continuing the saga of the McBride family, this entertaining and romantic tale centers around Blake McBride, the eldest of the five brothers who were introduced in Branded for You. Blake has moved on with his life and is contentedly raising his young daughter Demi as a single father when his life suddenly changes drastically with the return of his long-ago love, Cat Hayden. Cat has been through her own ups and downs but never dreams that her decision to return to Prescott, Arizona to take care of her ailing grandmother will rekindle her desires for the man she left behind so long ago when she fled her abusive father. Each of these former lovers has lived a lifetime in the nearly two decades since they last met and they have scars from their experiences, both visible and otherwise. Their passion for one another still burns hotly but there are plenty of obstacles to be overcome. They just have to decide whether they are willing to fight for their love this time around or whether outside influences will separate them yet again.
The Cat Hayden returning to her childhood home after nineteen years is a different person, and a tragic accident has left her insecure about her appearance. But her heart is still filled with memories of the love she left behind… Blake McBride.
Blake recognizes Cat with his heart, a heart that never stopped loving her. But that heart was broken when she left so long ago. Can he trust her again and rekindle that flame that burned so strong?
A champion barrel racer before the accident, Cat finds herself instructing Blake’s talented yet temperamental fourteen-year-old daughter, Demi. Demi is determined to see her divorced parents find happiness together and Cat, great coach or not, doesn’t fit in the picture.
During a bitter legal battle with his ex-wife, Blake stands to lose custody of his daughter. Cat stands by her man but can he fight for his daughter and keep the woman he loves or will shattering events tear them apart…. Permanently.