12/2021 – Originally read via Kindle Unlimited. As of this update – the book is available for free across most platforms.
When Erin Poletti pulls her car into the Rydell River Ranch in River’s End, Washington, looking to stay with her hated brother Chance, she never intends for it to be anything more than a pit stop on the way to the rest of her life. After her mother’s suicide, Erin has no choice but to seek out her brother where he works as a ranch hand, as she is left penniless, homeless and for reasons she will share with no one; without the basic skills to navigate her life. Ranch owner Jack Rydell watches her pull onto his ranch and knows that trouble has come to his ranch, his three brothers, his two sons, and most of all: to himself.
Erin has a short-lived relationship with Jack’s youngest brother until circumstances eventually leave Erin nearly destitute on the ranch, and finally reveals the secret Erin has desperately hidden. And only then, does Jack finally begin to know the woman whose presence has so altered his life. Eventually, Erin finds a job, and starts to work with Jack and his horses in order to repay the debts she feels she owes him. But the longer Erin is there Jack begins to wonder if he can resist the woman he now knows, despite everything that stands between them.
Point of view:
This is the first book of the River’s End series and these are best experienced in order. Many of the books build off events from previous books. This one, especially, sets a foundation for many to come.
I’ve read this 4 or 5 times now and love it every single time. Davis finds does an amazing job of bringing harsh realities of several lives coming together while still being real, relatable people.
I loved, cried with, hope for, and celebrated with all the characters. You can’t help but be drawn to all the Rydells and Erin. In some respects this ends with an HFN for Jack & Erin because Davis continues their story and happily ever after through so many more of the books.
About the author:
She lives in the rainy area of Western Washington, and spends as much time as she can getting away from the rain by traveling to destinations all across the state where she and her family do tons of camping. Many of these locations become the settings for her books. She earned her business degree from Western Washington University, and worked for several years in the construction management field before turning to writing.
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My Favorite Quotes
His blue eyes were staring at hers. She forgot to breathe, he was staring so intently at her. – River’s End by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #SingleDad #OppositesAttractTweet
Not one person had ever said, Hey, maybe you should respect yourself a little more, and expect a little more out of men. – River’s End by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #SingleDad #OppositesAttractTweet
The loneliness that so often gripped her in private suddenly climbed up her chest and lodged like a knot in her throat. – River’s End by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #SingleDad #OppositesAttractTweet