I'll admit, I liked the premise of Benediction when I first picked it up, but I was wary of how it'd play out. The guy who never looks back, coupled with being Arapaho -- I was more than a bit gun-shy.
I'm thrilled to say that Benediction more than lives up to its name. Nakos was solid and he was who he was, more than any label that could be placed on him, and I adored how confident he was in his skin. I loved the author's sensitivity in dealing with painful subjects, making them real, and then setting the past free.
Amy's pain broke my heart; not just the pain of being hurt, being derided, but of not having been enough for what she wanted.
Nakos and Amy were beautiful together and not only was I cheering them on, but I was sad to see the book end. I can't wait to see more stories by Kelly Moran.
As a child, Nakos Hunt left behind the familiarity of his Native American Arapaho tribe for time on Cattenach Ranch. Now the foreman, he's happily settled into his life, but the girl who befriended him all those years ago suddenly has him twisted inside out. He craves stability and purpose, and Amy Woods is anything but a calming presence. Though she's unbelievably gorgeous and about the only person who can drag a laugh from him, he's never been able to understand her. Then a moment changes everything, and an urgent need to protect her rises inside him. And doesn't let go. So does an aching desire and a bond he can't seem to control, no matter how hard he fights the need.
She's no one's version of ever-after...
Amy's not a stranger to disappointment. She's spent the majority of her life pulling up her bootstraps and flipping Karma the bird. Once, she may have dreamed of things like happiness and love, but those were for other people. Nakos has never been someone she deserves, yet the attraction between her and the meticulous sexy-as-sin cowboy is undeniable. And too tempting to ignore. Not only is he strong, patient, and respectful, he's showing her a kind of romantic passion she didn't think existed. But the secret she's keeping could shatter their perfect bubble, and when an old nightmare comes crawling back from the past, she realizes losing Nakos will be the one thing she can't recover from.
"Benediction is friends-to-lovers done oh so right! I devoured this book!"
~Laura Kaye, New York Times & USA Today Bestseller