In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest…
Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction that suddenly flares between them.
Beatrix Leighton has loved Dane for years, while he’s always seen her as another sister. When she enlists his help to start her animal sanctuary, she thinks it will give him purpose. Instead, it brings all the desire she feels for him to the boiling point. Bea’s father taught her early on that love means loss. But could her forbidden crush turn into a love that will last a lifetime?
I feel like I was waiting forever for Bea’s book!
(Okay, so it was only 4 books and Maisey Yates writes crazy fast, somehow. But still. I. Needed. Bea’s. HEA!!!)
Bea and Dane’s story was all I could have hoped for and more–I mean, I definitely didn’t know to hope for an underwear-stealing rescue raccoon, but goodness, was he a lot of fun to read about. I enjoyed the heck out of seeing Bea come into her own and not only giving grumpy and in denial about his future prospects Dane the business, but also figuring out her own future and starting to act less like an invisible person and more like a grown-a$$ woman at last.
Their breakup/black moment nearly killed me, but since they were just as miserable (and they both owned the mistakes they were making and made things better) I’ll forgive them for putting us all through that. But darn you, Ms. Yates, for those happy tears you made me cry in the epilogue… 😉
Though this is the fifth book in the series, it should work well as a standalone. Do yourself a favor, though, and read all the rest of them too–Ms. Yates has peopled this series with a wonderful cast of characters who do their best to make every book a heck of a lot of fun to read.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.