The golden cowboy of Wrangler's Creek returns home to Texas to discover some old flames never fizzle…
There are plenty of things Garrett Granger hadn't counted on losing—his child to miscarriage, his wife to another man and the family business thanks to a crooked CFO. He also hadn't counted on moving back to the family ranch, where he's met by another surprise—former flame Nicky Marlow, who is renting his grandmother's old house.
Nicky's been rebuilding her shattered life since her husband's death two years ago. But Garrett's timely arrival in Wrangler's Creek doesn't automatically make him the missing piece of the puzzle. Even if he does seem to adore her two-year-old daughter… Even if seeing him again stirs up old feelings Nicky would gladly keep buried, forcing her to wonder if moving forward has to mean leaving everything behind…
Fossen's second Wrangler's Creek contemporary (after Those Texas Nights) reunites long-parted lovers at a complicated time in their lives. When Garrett Granger finds widowed Nicky Marlow and her young daughter, Kaylee, renting his great-grandfather's old house, he wonders whether he's being punished for his past sins specifically, for dumping Nicky a month after becoming her first lover and taking up with the woman who would later marry him, cheat on him, and break his heart. Their reunion is far from peaceful, not least because it's accompanied by several members of Nicky's widows' support group (a lively, eccentric bunch whose ages span decades), a possible murder, the appearance of Garrett's ex-wife, and his mother's matchmaking efforts. There are plenty of secrets, but none juicy enough to justify Nicky's refusal to be honest with Garrett. Even after they've grown closer, she repeatedly runs from him and leaves him to be shocked by her actions, which undermines her claims that she's grown a spine. Adorable Kaylee and Nicky's feisty best friend steal the spotlight. Given the unbelievable story, readers should warm up so they're prepared to stretch their imaginations.
This is the second book in the Wrangler's Creek series and it's the best of the two. I'd say it's a second chance romance. Garrett Granger and Nicky Marlow had a brief romance seventeen years ago that ended when Garrett meet his ex-wife Meredith. Nicky has come back to Wrangler Creek to heal and to help others heal after the deaths of their spouses by forming a Widows Retreat. The last thing Garrett wants or needs are a bunch of women in his grandfathers run down house especially Nicky Marlow. This new grown up version of Nicky Marlow and her three year old daughter Kaylee. Who brings up the ever present memories of his grief over his lost daughter.
This book is full of laughs, very quirky people, sadness and heartache with a twist of suspense. I loved all the characters and the story line. The author did a great job with Kaylee. I loved her spunk and imagination. I can't wait for Roman's book.
*Book Obsessed Chicks Review team