Posted:  Dec. 29, 2014

She’s here to claim her birthright…
Ex-army sergeant Abby Malloy feels no loss after the father she never knew passes away. Still, part of Ezra Malloy’s ranch belongs to her, and if the stubborn blonde has to live there for a year with two half-sisters who are strangers to her, so be it. Nothing could stand in the way of her inheritance…except a local sheriff wrapped in snug blue jeans and a sexy grin.
He’s here to claim her heart…
Cooper Wilson, the local sheriff and rancher next door, is having his world turned upside down. Abby is all straight talk and sweet, lush curves—the kind of woman who gets under his skin in just the right way. Whereas Cooper has roots in Palo Duro Canyon, Abby’s got wings. But he knows she belongs here. If she can stop running from her past, he’ll happily lead her to a brighter future, one hot cowboy kiss at a time.
     What a very interesting turn of events from the last book that only gives you hints of Ezra Malloy and his three wives and daughters.  In the last book I really liked Rusty Dawson, not so much in this book.  His character takes on a lot more of a condescending attitude.  As if Ezra owed him something more than the daughters and yet he had to babysit them for a year.  Yet, he was just an employee first and became a friend/son. 
     You see Ezra had three daughters who knew nothing about each other and had never met him for that matter.  So, when upon his death they were asked by his lawyer to come to his ranch and why their life changed in an instant.  Were they willing to live by the will of the man they all hated the most?  I guess they would see.
     This story was written through the eyes of Abby Joyce Malloy, 30, who was raised by her mother Martha.  Her mom owned a donut shop where she and Abby lived over the top of it until Abby was 18.  Then, she graduated high school, joined the army, and left for training soon after.  A week after she left there was a robbery and her mother was murdered for $110.00.  She was now alone.  She re-upped after her first six years for another six until burn-out.  She had only been out two weeks when she got the call from the lawyer.
     When she arrived at the funeral three chairs were set up at the site two were occupied one left for her.  After the service Rusty approached Abby and introduced himself.  He stated he needed to meet all the girls at the ranch if they could follow him, they did.  Once there he said the lawyer could not attend so he asked the executors of their fathers will Jackson & Loretta Bailey along with the Sheriff Cooper Wilson.
     When Abby heard Cooper was coming her ears perked up.  They both kept making eye contact at the funeral and it made her shiver.  Not to mention he was one drop dead gorgeous cowboy with nice junk in his trunk and ass too!
     Jackson and Loretta spelled out the rules of engagement to claim either money for the settlement or the ranch either way it would be three ways.  See how perfect strangers deal with a strange but yet similar past, the bitterness of rejection, the joy of belonging, and family.
     I give this 5 stars.  The reason being it engages you in many conflicting emotions and tells a very compelling story of many different types of love and pain.  Provided by Net Galley.  Follow us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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