Tori Baker has been living in Texas. She has been shamed and is hiding. Everybody has gone their separate ways and she is ready to make a life of her own. Her brother Luc has made a life of his own and now she is worried. This is the first time that Tori is on her own and it scares her. Everybody including her neighbor gorgeous Eli Turnbull is waiting for her to fail. Her father, Lyle, was a mean son of a crack and she is determined to raise her child with love and make a name for herself. She’s tired of relying on strong and gorgeous men. This time she is ready to succeed and not hide in shame anymore. Can she prove to everyone, including a rough and ready cowboy like Eli, that she can stand on her own two feet?
Molly O’ Keefe surprised me with this romance. When I saw the cover I thought it would be another cowboy romance story but it is more than that. Here is a woman who was naïve in her first marriage. Now she is trying to succeed in being a woman and a mother all at once. All her life she has had men watch over her. And well she’s tired of it. Now Eli is definitely a cowboy at heart always wanting to protect Tori. These two were great from their constant bickering to see whose right to their passionate scenes. It gets hot. This is one author that I will keep up to date on for her storylines just come to life. You will root for Tori all the way to the end. She will show this cowboy she can do anything she wants. Loved it.
From award-winning author Molly O’Keefe comes a wonderfully written contemporary romance about second chances at life and at love.
Tori Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.
If Tori wants a fight, Eli will give her one. He’s devoted his life to Crooked Creek, and he’s not about to let some pampered city girl—even one as brave and beautiful as Tori—turn it into some silly spa. But Tori’s and Eli’s burning anger and frustration only fuel heat of another kind: uncontrollable passion. And soon they each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without.