- Expected Jun 22, 2021
He thought he was content, until she walked in the door…
Keller Rafferty abandoned his dreams long ago to help his mom raise his brothers after his father’s death. Duty, family and deep roots still guide him as he runs his family’s Texas cattle ranch and cares for his new, grieving foster son. They’re just beginning to find a balance when a beautiful and determined woman arrives on the ranch.
Sydney Brock spent her entire globe-trotting life thinking she had no family except her ne'er do well, nomadic, irresponsible parents. When she discovers her parents lied and she has a newly-orphaned cousin, Sydney rushes halfway around the world to provide the teen with something she never had—a home. She’s shocked to be thwarted by a protective—and sexy—cowboy.
Sydney’s determined to form a relationship with her cousin, but Keller doesn’t trust that the worldly woman will stay in small town Texas. It’s up to Sydney to prove him wrong, and the longer she spends time with Keller, his family and her cousin, the more she vows to do just that.
Davis launches the Raffertys of Last Stand series, a spin-off of her Texas Justice series, with a touching tale centered on the oldest Rafferty brother. When Keller Rafferty signed up to foster Lucas, an orphaned 13-year-old with no living relatives, he thought it would be a temporary arrangement to get Lucas out of a group home. He never expected that he and his family would become so attached so quickly. But right as Keller decides to make things official by adopting Lucas, a woman named Sydney Brock shows up at his door, claiming to be Lucas's long-lost cousin. Protective Keller is wary, suspicious and attracted. While waiting for a DNA test to prove she's telling the truth, Sydney spends time with the Raffertys and is quickly taken by their tight bond and solid roots. Having grown up moving all over the world with parents who saw her as a burden, she longs for unwavering love and stability and she might just find it with Keller. New readers may feel they're missing some backstory for skipping the Texas Justice series, but the slow burning relationship stands on its own. Keller and Sydney both use their tough exteriors to hide fragile hearts, and the result is a strong pairing that readers will root for. \n