High-button dresses aren’t made for hot Texas springs—or the burning desire Haven Anderson has for Deputy Matthew Frank…
After a lifetime of friendship, Matthew and Haven are finally engaged, but he doesn’t seem to share Haven’s emerging passion. Feeling rejected and uncertain about her future, Haven finds herself attracted to the handsome new saloon owner, Hank Porter.
Matthew holds Haven at arm’s length, despite the love smoldering inside him…
Matthew’s father was run out of town years ago for nearly killing his mother, and Matthew fears the lack of control passion can cause. Having been taken in and raised by Haven’s family, he vows to always treat her with affection and respect.
The season brings cattle drives and rowdy cowboys—and Haven can’t stay away from the saloon…
As the doctor’s assistant, Haven tends Hank after a fight, and befriends a lively “upstairs girl,” Callie Lee, despite orders from the Cricket Bend Sheriff—her father—to have nothing to do with anyone at the saloon.
Along with the cattle drive come the lawless McKenzie brothers, a rude bounty hunter, and rumors of a dangerous man, Walker, headed their way. Caught up in this whirlwind, Haven remains torn between her love for the romantically distant Matthew and the more earthy passion offered by Hank and his scandalous reputation.
Should she follow her heart or the desire that puts everything she’s known at risk? Or even more importantly, will the people she loves still be standing in the aftermath of…
This is an engaging read, even if you are’t a die-hard historical, western romance fan.
The setting is authentic and vividly described; you can taste the dust, smell the horses and hear the shouts and calls of the cowboys, as they fight in the saloon. The residents of Cricket Bend are equally realistic, without being stereotypical.
Haven is tough minded young women, brought up in a loving home but now she has no one to confide in, as she struggles with her feelings for Matthew, the man she grew up with and is about to marry. Matthew is the strong and silent type, epitomised in American Westerns, a good man, he treats Haven like fine china, not realising she is a flesh and blood with needs he must understand and satisfy.
Callie and Hank are the antithesis of Haven and Matthew and both have a vital role to play in the young couple’s lives. These are complex characters, flawed but not necessarily bad. Other characters enrich this romantic story, notably the sheriff, the busybody women’s society and the cowboys just passing through. The effect is breathtaking.
The plot has enough twists to make it hard to put down and the ending is exciting and romantic. I look forward to the next book in the series; ‘Emma’s Blaze’.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My rating: 5 of 5 stars