|Series: Brush Creek Brides # 5|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Released: September 5, 2017
Former rodeo star, Emmett Graves, has retired to Brush Creek Horse Ranch to train barrel racing horses. He loves to make jokes and is completely content with his life—sans women, thank you very much. His momma left when he was twelve, and he's learned that the female portion of the human species can't be trusted.
Barrel racing champion, Molly Brady shows up at Brush Creek ready to forget about her ex and the restraining order she had to get against him. She's over all things cowboy, and she wants nothing to do with Emmett, who ruined her favorite shirt the first time they met.
As Emmett teaches Molly how to train a horse before it starts winning rodeo events, the spark between them is hot and instant. Can Emmett figure out how to trust women? And even if he does, will Molly allow a cowboy to rope her heart again? They'll have to rely on their faith and their friendships to make sense of the future.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 (3 stars)
The first meeting between the Emmett and Molly does not go well, then they find out they are going to be working together and are not happy about it at all. Over the course of time they begin to get to know one another and learn that first impressions are not always accurate and feelings start to develop. However Emmett sees no future in relationships due to experiences in his past and Molly has no interest in a relationship with a man, especially a cowboy. They both try to fight the attraction but can only do that for so long and they decide to take the chance that maybe there is more for them then they planned for themselves. Emmett was a great guy and it was sweet how he put everything on the line for Molly. He gave her the space she wanted but also was there for her when she really needed it. I did feel there were a few holes in the story that left me with questions. Molly’s ex is mentioned briefly with indications that it was a bad relationship but we don’t find out much. And we are told that Emmett was retired from the rodeo but I do not feel it was revealed what he did. This story hit really close to home for me as my dad passed away from cancer and the whole situation in the book with Molly’s father reminded me so much of this time of my life.
(I received an ARC of this book from the author; opinions expressed