The dark-haired stranger next door triggers every protective instinct Trevor Coleman never knew he had. From the moment Becky Hall literally falls into his arms, the last man standing of the Moonshine clan doesn't even attempt to resist sweet temptation. Becky is beautiful, mysterious and heartbreakingly vulnerable…and he's a goner.
To escape the hell she was trapped in, Becky left everything behind but her courage. And for once in her life, good people step up to make a difference. A helping hand, a new job…a very attentive and libido–stroking neighbour. Now a new future awaits, one that shockingly includes sexual pleasure instead of icy pain, and a sexy cowboy who’s more than eager to show her the ropes.
Becky’s sweet smiles and seductive innocence draw him in like nectar, and Trevor knows one taste will never be enough. But with secrets growing thicker than a bumper crop, changing a life will take more than a new ID and a cowboy’s good intentions.
It's gonna take sacrifice to break these chains.
Warning: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl—all hell breaks loose. We’ve got a hero whose hands are tied in more ways than one. A heroine who wants to experience everything she's ever missed, and a family that needs to discover if its roots go deep enough to weather any storm.
They are such a large and exuberant family that I almost feel I know them and that's where this author truly excels. Ms Arend gives us likeable no strike lovable characters who I'd like to meet in real life. Yes, they are penned in such a way that they feel like such a realistic family. I won't lie and say they are all perfect because there are a few cracks showing in their interactions but that's why this series works so well, as every family has a black sheep and sometimes more than one!
Okay, stepping out to meet the Coleman clan in this story is Becky. She has a secret benefactor who has let her rent the house closest to Trevor Coleman's home. When they first meet, something about her calls to all Trevor's protective instincts. Becky is clearly skittish and yet tackles her fears head on. I liked Becky and had a fair inkling of her possible back story but the author cleverly reveals just enough to wet the reader’s appetite and the drip, drip technique worked very well here. Becky is determined to make a new life for herself but her past haunts her and yet, darn it, she won't let anything hold her back. Truly a gutsy little heroine.
Trevor is an easy going type of guy and feels he can tackle anything. Getting to know the sweet Becky is quite a challenge but he sees something in her that is truly irresistible. There is so much love and goodness in Becky and Trevor wants nothing more than to be with her as she opens herself up to this new life she is slowly making. He is persistent, gentle, and funny but Trevor is deeper than he realises. It's not just seeing him accept Becky's past but his interactions with older relatives (sorry no spoilers), that really made me see a whole new side to him. It is a romance and Ms Arend frequently writes imaginative scenes that leave her readers fanning themselves! This story, however, is tackled in a beautiful way that felt real and appropriate.
I can't wait to read more about the Coleman's and urge lovers of romance to give this series a go!
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.