Series: Coyote Ridge #2
(Dead Heat Ranch Crossover)
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Hot Contemporary Romance
Released: September 20, 2016
Jared Walker is a single dad who knows what it’s like to be burned by a woman. His ex-wife tormented him in a way that’s unforgivable. It makes sense that Jared doesn’t trust women. He’s not looking for love, but when his cousin Travis puts Jared in charge of the Walker family reunion, Jared just might find himself in over his head. In more ways than one.
Hope Lambert has one goal in life. To keep Dead Heat Ranch prospering. From sun up to sun down, she has a single-minded focus working alongside her four sisters, the job isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Hope is convinced she needs nothing more than what’s right in front of her. Until he walks into the stable.
It’s easy to think you know what’s best for you. That is until your heart is put to the test. What happens when the cautious cowgirl and the sexy single dad come face to face? The chemistry threatens to scorch them both. Giving in is easy. Not falling in love is the hard part.
This novel is a Coyote Ridge/Dead Heat Ranch crossover.
Officially the second book in both the Coyote Ridge and Dead Heat Ranch series, Jared is a crossover novel bringing the sexy Walker brothers and the feisty Lambert sisters together. I am a massive fan of the Walker brothers (who isn’t?) but I had not read any of the Lambert sister’s stories so they were a new set of characters for me to get to know.
Jared is the cousin of the Walker brothers and is now firmly working for them after making a home for him and his young son, Derrick on their property. Jared has not had the best experience with women, in fact his ex-wife was of the crazy type, leaving him hesitant to get involved again with another woman. But then his cousin Travis sets him up with the challenge to arrange the next Walker family reunion which is to take place on the Dead Heat Ranch, bringing him in contact with Hope.
Hope has her own demons too where it comes to relationships and after a sad break up with a single Dad, she vows to not get involved with one again after the pain of not only separating from the Dad but also his young child. Hope is the stalwart of the family and puts everyone else before herself. Her determination to remain steadfast and resolute in her plans has a way of failing once she comes into contact with sexy Jared Walker.
I liked how at first these two were hesitant to take a leap with a relationship but then when they agreed not to put a label on what they had, they took each moment together as a chance to work out that sexual attraction they had going on. But then life has a way of throwing a spanner in the works and once feelings start coming into the mix, well a lot of soul searching and angst needs to be done. Throw into that a scheming ex, heartbreak from the past and a worry for the future and we had the makings of a sexy, turbulent but oh so wonderful read.
It was great to catch up with all the Walker brothers and their significant others. The banter and love between this family is just so warming to read. The location these books takes you to is also a winner and I always feel I am right there in the thick of it with this crazy but lovable lot!
This can easily be read as a standalone but if you have not had the pleasure of reading the Walker Brothers series (say what?!!) then I definitely recommend you do. I adore them! Five stars.
*ARC kindly provided by Nicole Edwards LTD in exchange for an honest review.
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