Should he stay, or go…
Nurse Dee McNamara knew heartbreak and tragedy. She’s a survivor but has built high walls to protect her heart. She takes care of everyone but herself, yet never imagined finding another man she’d be able to trust until one day she offered a ride to a tall, darkly handsome cowboy whose eyes hold the same pain and mistrust.
Rio Montez is a man with secrets, and he arrives at Braxton Ranch on a mission to find answers about his father. He thinks the truth will finally give him the peace to finally move on. He never counted on finding the woman who offered answers to his questions.
Rio’s always had a plan until now. Does he leave Braxton Ranch or stay and build a life he never dreamed possible with a woman he’s afraid he’s falling hard for.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I haven’t read the first book in this series but after reading, “Homeward Bound, Cowboy” I am compelled to because I loved the characters from the previous book. This book features Rio and Dee. I’m going to be careful with this review as there is a bit of a twist and some personal secrets that will be revealed by both hero and heroine as you read along. This book has a steady pace with a good flow, so you won’t wait long as things come to light. However, you might wonder how a happily-ever-after will fit in. At least I wondered.
The premise of this book was one I enjoyed and hate at the same time. I could never understand how family could treat family so poorly. But on the other hand, when the story is of this type of emotional nature, the happy ending is so much more appreciated.
Rio has come to Braxton with an agenda. Get closure and move on. He prefers to wander rather than settle down anywhere. Rio is searching for more than information; he just doesn’t know it yet. I really liked Rio’s character. While he was a bit aloof at times, it was easy to see he was a good person despite the hard times of his youth. Determined to keep his distance from the people he finds himself around, and caring for their wellbeing is not what Rio expects when he takes a job with the Braxton family. Soon enough, Rio’s icy heart begins to melt and he will find himself with decisions to make regarding a future he never expected and is not sure he wants. But there is one thing he wants; one person specifically.
Dee is a nurse and very close friends with the Braxton family. So, visiting the Braxton ranch is a part of her life. This sweet, caring woman has a tragic past. Because of that, Dee is afraid to get too close to any man, and it is very difficult for her to trust. But after she meets Rio, Dee can’t stop the feelings she has regarding this tough, aloof and sometimes rude, cowboy. There is just something about his character that draws her closer, despite her hesitancy.
The chemistry and attraction are present between Dee and Rio from the first moments they meet. That attraction only grows more each time they find themselves in the same room together. As they become closer, the story’s angst builds. By this time in the book, we are aware of Rio’s secret. Dee is not. I won’t tell you the specifics of her reaction when she learns the truth. But from that moment, the book takes a turn and you will be on the end of your seat praying for a happy ending. You will, because these two wonderful characters deserve that. With each other!
This was the first book in the Blood Brothers Series. As I said earlier in my review, I definitely want to read book one. Book three will be coming soon, I hope, and I am looking forward to that. “Homeward Bound, Cowboy” is another enjoyable book from author Debra Holt and I recommend it.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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About The White House Wedding:
When politics interferes with love, can love survive?
Getting married isn’t easy when your father’s the President of the United States! After reluctantly agreeing to a White House wedding, Sarah Lee Pearson, the president’s daughter, finds herself swept into a political maelstrom of unimagined proportions.
The White House staff and the first lady see the wedding as a political event, a way to sweep the president into his next term. Congress is complaining about the collateral costs. The media is delightfully rehashing every aspect of Sarah’s life, even those events that have nothing to do with the impending marriage. And the American public? Visions of an American royal wedding have swept them into a frenzy and vendors take advantage, making a quick buck off of everything from limited edition t-shirts to commemorative teacups.
Sarah and her fiancé, Sam, fight hard to ignore the craziness, but after learning a bounty has been put on their heads by an anti-government militia group, they have to decide whether a White House wedding is indeed worth it. And given all the hurtful controversy, perhaps a better solution is to not get married at all.
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“How does my father feel about this?” Sarah asked.
“Your father wants you to do what makes you happy.”
Jamisen Powell entered his Chief of Staff’s office and nodded coldly at Jeremiah. He added, “He would never ask you to do otherwise.”
Sarah smiled and rose to kiss her father on the cheek. “Thanks, Dad. I knew you wouldn’t ask me to be a political stool pigeon.”
Jamie Powell chuckled. “No. That job apparently falls to staff.” He smiled at Sarah. “Look, hopefully, you only get married once. Make a memory that will mean the most to you and Sam. Nothing else matters.” He shook his head, “Maybe Jeremiah will get lucky and your sister, Melissa, will hook some poor sucker before the next election. She and her mother would be overjoyed planning a White House wedding.”
Jeremiah scowled. “I am only thinking about your re-election, Mr. President. Your first term has been a bit rocky. You need a solidifying factor, something that will grab the hearts and minds of the American public and provide a clear path into the next term. Your story, a daughter lost and found after twenty-five years, especially a daughter who just happens to be a stellar human being and a successful international law attorney, won their hearts in the first election.
“Walking that same daughter down the aisle, something you had never dreamed was possible? The ratings alone will rival a royal wedding. No offense, but Melissa’s marriage—if it ever happens—could never have the same impact. People don’t view her in the same light as Sarah. Melissa is a flighty socialite. Her deep-seated sense of entitlement offends. The ratings for her wedding would be nonexistent. But Sarah? She’s the golden child. The American public loves her.”
The president’s sapphire blue eyes, which mirrored Sarah’s, flashed with annoyance. “Be that as it may, I am not about to force either of my daughters into something they don’t want. Sarah has declined your request, and as far as I am concerned, that’s the end of it. You will have to find another solidifying factor, Jer. Surely I have done something that’s re-election worthy!”
Genre: #Romance #CowboyRomance #SurprisePregnancy
My Rating: 4
Publication: February 13th 2020
Read: February 10th 2020 *Review copy provided by Tule Publishing
POV: Third-person dual perspectives
Kindle Edition: 197 pages
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Neither one of them had any intention of settling down…
Tinsley Underhill left everything behind five years ago and hasn’t looked back. She loves life on the road following the American Extreme Bull Rider’s tour representing sponsor Four Wolves Whiskey. She rocks sales and pouring shots, and the bull riders are a sexy perk. She exults in the flirting and the chase, but when she lets her favorite champion catch her for a steamy fling, she knows they both have one foot out the door.
Bull rider Anders Wolf is on top of more than just the leaderboard. Life is good. Women are better, especially the intriguing and gorgeous Tinsley. The fireworks are more explosive than he imagined, but even the best mind- and body-blowing pleasure must end. No way he’ll be roped early…then Tinsley’s casually announces she’s pregnant. Anders intends to do the right thing, but Tinsley’s plans don’t include him, marriage or happy ever after on his Texas ranch.
Anders has never backed down from a challenge, and he’s not about to start now.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of those books you can’t help swooning over the hero. Anders was amazing and the reason I enjoyed this book. A bull rider at the top of his game, Anders is not ready for settling down; not for at least another five years. He loves his life on the AEBR tour and the success he is having. Was Anders a ladies’ man? Yes, he was. But I wouldn’t call him a womanizer at all. Anders had manners and consideration for others. He was an all-around good guy, loyal friend and a loving brother. Any success he received, he earned. And he couldn’t wait to continue the ride he was experiencing. As you know, life isn’t always what we expect or even want. When life throws a curve at Anders, without hesitation, he knows he is going to do the right thing. Anders is going to be a father and without a doubt, he will take care of his child. Anders wants to take care of his child’s mother too. Tinsley isn’t having any of that. For reasons that will reveal themselves to you as you read the book, Tinsley is not one to trust easily. She is independent and refuses to allow anyone to do anything for her. She doesn’t want or need Ander’s help and she tries very hard to push him away. And this is where I tell you that for me, Tinsley was not easy to like, even though I knew her reasons for wanting nothing from Anders.
I won’t get into the details of the book because that’s a literary ride you’ll want to experience for yourself, and make your own opinions.
This author is one I have read a few times before. The pace of this book is steady and the writing style is one that I relate to. I should also say I love the way this author sets her scenes and gives us plenty of information regarding characters’ occupations so we can continue reading with a steady flow and not have to stop and look things up. I was not only entertained with A Baby for the Texas Cowboy, I felt like I received a lesson in some aspects of the wine industry as well.
All in all, a very enjoyable read. This book is part of a series giving us the stories of the Wolf brothers of Last Stand, Texas. I think the author gave a hint to what could be the next book, starring an ex-military hero. That is just a guess on my part but I hope it will be true.
This is my honest and unbiased review. Thank you for taking the time to read it. 🙂
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Counter-Love (An Anti-Valentine Short Story)
by Sarah Stein
Theodore Harper would do anything for his wife, Jessica. Even though the love isn’t reciprocated, he continues to fight refusing to throw away the previous six years of their marriage. And what better way to ignite the spark than showing his undying love on Valentine’s Day?
Twins, Evan and Owen are new in town and become instantly chummy with Theodore and Jessica. Their relationship is steered toward different paths forcing a new outlook.
Is their love worth fighting for or will they take the easy route?
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About the Author
Sarah Stein (born in October of 1985) is the middle child in a family of ten. She’s always been an avid reader, escaping the chaos of the large family life. Her love for books at an early age is why she started creating her own stories. Today, she’s a multi-published author with works in various genres.
She’s from southern Louisiana but resides in south Texas with her husband of many years, two children, a German Shepherd, and a Dachshund. When she isn’t spending quality time with them, she’s singing, reading, writing, or researching for her next story.
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My Pack will never accept him.
The people of Lethbridge will never accept me.
I hope you’ll join me in Aria Naveed’s adventures. She’s pretty badass if I do
say so myself.