Author: Linda Lael Miller
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Books (March 1, 2007)
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Rance was broken, not in body but in spirit. His wife had died some odd years earlier, leaving him to raise his two little girls. However, he left most of that to his Mother In Law, and instead preferred to be a jetsetting business man.
Echo had been stranded at the alter, and decided that enough was enough. She packed up her pink bug, her bookstore and her online business and moved out to Indian Rock. A stray dog finds her while at a rest stop and becomes her best friend throughout her whole journey. When she meets Rance out in front of her shop, she dislikes him and his huge SUV. But she softens a bit when she meets his Mother In Law and daughters.
I think that Echo really started to fall for Rance when he helped her with a guy who was trying to say that the dog she found was his. I know that for me, that is when I really started to fall for Rance. A guy who is willing to go that extra mile for a stray dog ... yes please.
The start of Rance and Echo's relationship is so turbulent. She is mad at him, and he's mad at her but neither can deny the sparks that seem to shoot out every time they are near one another. Throw in a couple of kids and a dog, and you've got the makings for an awesome story.
The beginning of the book was amazing, you spend a lot of time learning things from Echo's perspective, and you feel her heartbreak and confusion. The ending was a bit rushed in my opinion, but such is to be expected from the middle book of a series.
I would recommend this book to other readers, especially if you like heart tugging cowboys.