AJ Reed grew up in foster care until he ran away in his teens and started earning his way through the rodeo circuit, until injury made him quit. Left adrift with no real skills, he wandered through almost as many towns and jobs as he did women. He’s finally found a decent place to settle as the foreman on the Rydell River Ranch, until he is faced with the shocking surprise that shows up one afternoon in the form of a girl who the state claims is his daughter.
Kate Morgan comes to the Rydell River Resort to stay for the summer to grieve for the mother she lost and to meet the brother she only just recently learned she had. Her mother’s secret has left her spiraling in confusion as well as grief. Unsure what to do with this knowledge, she makes arrangements to be a guest at the resort that her half-brother is owner of. She has no idea what she is seeking by coming here, but it certainly isn’t the ranch employee who catches her eye nor his daughter who catches her heart.
AJ soon realizes that the woman he just might have feelings for is his boss’s sister, and she threatens the only real place he’s ever belonged. All the while, a young girl he never imagined he wanted illustrates that permanent is far more than an address. But how can a man who’s never been accountable to anything or anyone hope to commit to not just a place, but a woman and a daughter?
Point of view:
I liked it, just not my favorite. I had a really difficult time connecting with Kate and didn’t really feel like she was “redeemed” by the end of the story.
I know the author acknowledged rushing the foster situation timetable – but Kate’s treatment of Cami would NOT have resulted in the actions/reactions depicted 99% of the time in a similar situation. It felt calloused and disrespectful of both AJ & Cami – who even at the end seems along for a ride with Kate’s whims & priorities.
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
I have a feeling there are very few things you respect in life. You’re too busy always being right. – River Road by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #SingleDad #OppositesAttractTweet
The older I get, the more I understand how imperfect each of us are. We are capable of things that don’t always fit in with what we should do or be. – River Road by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #SingleDad #OppositesAttractTweet