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The best stroke of genius was creating one of the sexiest combinations to ever hit the contemporary romance genre - veteran cowboy. *swoon* I love military heroes , combine that with a beautiful ranch setting and you have me hooked! I haven't read many books by Donna Grant before, but what I have read has always been exciting and engaging. This book is no exception! I am thrilled that this is the first book in a series, because that means I get more cowboys. If a few military heroes are thrown into the mix, that won't hurt either!
Clayton East hasn't spoken with his parents in six months when he is forced to take a call from his mother, who has bad news - his father is ill, the ranch is bankrupt, and their prize bull has just been stolen by cattle rustlers. Driven by duty and love for his family, Clayton returns home, where he comes face to face with the sister of one of the culprits. The boy caught with the cattle rustlers is the brother of sexy accountant, Abby Harper, and she is both embarrassed and furious. Clayton makes her brother a deal: work his debt off on the ranch and no charges will be filed. Her brother agrees, and Abby soon finds herself over at the East home, enjoying home cooked meals and helping Clayton get the ranch back on track. Both Abby and Clayton know they have obstacles in their path, but when love enters the equation, neither has the will to keep from falling in love.
As mentioned above, I love the hero. Military veteran with a heart of gold and a love for his family means he's going to be a great one. Abby was sweet and a perfect match for Clayton, especially in her patience and her gentle nature. They both helped the other overcome difficulties from their past, and neither let the other forget they weren't alone. It was a beautiful relationship that developed over time, with enough of a buildup to make it realistic and sensual. I thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow as a couple.
I am excited to read the next book in the series! Another great book by Donna Grant.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**