Series: Rocky Mountain Riders #2
Published by Forever
Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy Online: Amazon ♥ Barnes & Noble ♥ Kobo ♥ iBooks
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A WOMAN NEVER FORGETS HER FIRST COWBOY . . .
As a single mother, Naomi Sullivan is used to doing things on her own. She’s finally saved enough from working at the Cortez Ranch to buy a lovely home for her and her little girl. Life is going as planned. But when her high school sweetheart comes riding back to town, this self-sufficient woman feels something she hasn’t felt in years: red-hot, unbridled need for the handsome cowboy who left her behind.
Lucas Cortez doesn’t plan on being in town long. Yet when he sees Naomi again—the gorgeous girl he never stopped loving—he’s tempted to hang up his hat and stay awhile. He’s already charmed his way into her daughter’s heart, but he’ll need more than sweet talk and roses to convince Naomi to give them a second chance-especially when she’s hiding a secret that could change their lives forever…
COMEBACK COWBOY is a sweet, emotional and touching second chance romance that perfectly captures the small town feel, both good and bad, that Sara Richardson has become known for.
Naomi Sullivan once looked forward to happy ever after with the boy of her dreams, until he went to jail for arson and she found herself married and with a child before being ditched by her ex-husband. Now her every dream is wrapped up in giving her daughter the best life she can. Except her past is about to careen into her future and she has to decide if she can take another chance on love or turn her back on it for good this time.
Lucas Cortez took a gamble on his good boy reputation and lost everything ten years ago. He’s mostly stayed away from his hometown since getting out of prison but with his father’s ill health, he’s back temporarily but someone is determined to drive him out of town for good, even endangering others to do so. Lucas has to decide if he will fight for Naomi and their love or let himself be run out of town again.
I think the author did a great job with the entire story – the characters and the drama around them, and really captured the conflicting emotions a person can go through in such situations. Can a person really move on from their past, especially when there are others determined to keep the past alive?
This story will take you on an emotional ride, so brace yourself. The only downside for me was that the drama was dialed to a high degree, almost too much for me and I was all for Lucas saying adios to a town that was not willing to give him a second chance, even after he paid for his stupid choices. You’ll also empathize with a single mom caught up in telenovela-worthy drama trying to do right by her daughter and herself.
All in all, a solid addition to the series and Ms. Richardson brings the small town scenery to life in a way that will have you wanting to move to one, even with the accompanying drama.
A yellow Volkswagen Beetle blitzed toward Lucas, picking up speed. Yep, he’d know that car anywhere. Naomi.
He watched her draw closer and closer, and just like it always did when Naomi got near, his heart picked up. Would she stop and give him a lift to the ranch? They hadn’t exactly been alone since he’d come back to Topaz Falls. She’d made sure of that.
As the yellow car sped around the curve, he lifted a hand to flag her down, but the car didn’t slow. Maybe she hadn’t seen him. Waving his arms, he stepped onto the shoulder…
Shit! The car was coming right for him! Adrenaline fired through him and sent him rolling into the ditch just as the car’s brakes screeched. The thing skidded and fish tailed, likely taking out half of the tires’ tread.
Breathing in the scent of burnt rubber, Lucas stared up at the sky. Well, that’d been one hell of a close shave.
The car door opened and out Naomi flew, stumbling down the embankment in her polished red heels, to where he lay on the ground.
“God, Lucas. I was so distracted I didn’t even see you.” Her delicate hands covered her face. “My god, I almost hit you.” She staggered a few steps.
That got him off the ground. “Hey.” He hurried over to her, brushing the gravel off his ass. “I’m fine.” He’d been through a hell of a lot worse than a tumble down into a ditch. “See. No blood. I’m good.”
She nodded, but seemed to be on the verge of hyperventilating. Which meant she was in no condition to get behind the wheel of that car.
“Why don’t I drive you back to the ranch?” He slipped an arm around her waist to support her, and he couldn’t resist drawing her close to him, closer than she’d been in ten long years. She still smelled like carefree summer afternoons—a subtle hint of lemon along with the coconut oil she used to use to soften her hands. That scent, the feel of her leaning into his body, roused a sudden overpowering greed. He’d never hungered as desperately for something as he hungered for her. To turn her fully to him. To feel those breasts he used to kiss so intimately against his own chest again. He knew that body, remembered every curve and bend, every fine detail…
“I’m okay,” Naomi whispered, shaking him off. “I can walk.”
Of course she could. But she did hand him the keys before hurrying to climb into the passenger’s seat without his assistance.
Lucas folded himself into the driver’s seat. “All right, then. We’re off.” He started the engine and backed up, then turned carefully out onto the highway.
He stole a glance at Naomi. Her soft lips twitched as he studied her. It wasn’t her full, bright, beautiful smile.
But it was a start.