Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch: Valentine Valley #6 by Emma Cane with Excerpt
Let’s return to Valentine Valley where everyone knows your name (and your business) with Emma Cane’s latest release. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, don’t forget to read the excerpt and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Print Bundle of the Valentine Valley Series including: A TOWN CALLED VALENTINE, TRUE LOVE AT SILVERCREEK RANCH, A WEDDING IN VALENTINE, THE COWBOY OF VALENTINE VALLEY, A PROMISE AT BLUEBELL HILL, and SLEIGH BELLS IN VALENTINE VALLEY.
Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch
I’ve only read one of the earlier titles in this series, but the feel-good, homey vibe of this story could not have come at a better time this year. Emma Cane’s stories are just that, comfy and cozy, like curling up in the best ever comfy chair with cocoa, cookies and a good book. You can’t beat that ever.
In this book, Lyndsay De Luca is living the dream, or is it a nightmare? A math teacher in town, she’s secretly harbored a desire to be a published romance author, and her dream is coming true. But revealing this secret, and the rather steamy book, could damage her reputation. But that’s not worst of all: her hero is based on her long-term crush, Will, and now people will see and know.
Will Sweet is the man of Lyndsay’s dreams, yet ostensibly untouchable. The death of his high-school sweetheart wounded him deeply, and he can’t move past his feelings of guilt for not doing more to protect her. Closed off from his feelings, he won’t allow another person to get close to him, and while women are a constant diversion, none are around long enough to penetrate his walls.
Lyndsay’s personality and approach are delightful: she’s strong, smart, cares about her work with kids and can’t quite reconcile the Will she fantasizes about with this casual yet closed-off man that he is now. Starting with a solid friendship, you can see the sparks between them, but Will’s ability to ignore big flashing neon lights is a true gift. He’s intrigued, but scared, so ignore seems to be his go-to option. Until little by little, his friendship with Lyndsay starts to work magic on his own guilt and fears.
Watching these two dance around their attraction and connection, well, when Will finally removes his blinders and sees, is a lovely and sweet story to follow. Their relationship grows organically, with readers cheering them both on from the start. Interactions and repeat appearances from characters from earlier stories add a nice touch, and a touch of meddling, but everyone can see that these two are meant to be. The joy is seeing them get there.
A perfect story when the weather is rainy, the pollen is aggravating and you just want to be assured of a smile and some warm fuzzies, you won’t go wrong with this book.
Title: Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch
Author: Emma Cane
Series: Valentine Valley #6
Also in this series: Sleigh Bells in Valentine Valley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 28 April, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 26 minutes
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About the Book:
The only thing hotter than a cowboy...
Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.
Is a cowboy in love.
Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.