Ben Rydell left River’s End in the wake of the fire that destroyed much of his family’s ranch, along with the valley that surrounded it. After it changed the lives of all the citizens of his small hometown, he takes off without a word of warning to his family. Running east, Ben crosses several states, trying to escape the loss he refuses to accept, and his consequent actions only compound the tragedy. He has betrayed the love of his life and believes he can never be forgiven or excused. His life is virtually over. He has nothing left and doesn’t care if he survives. Then one day, his father finally locates him after a long search. His arrival precedes Ben’s discovery of a secret, perhaps the only thing that can draw him back to the devastation he left behind.
Jocelyn Jantz knew as early as her late teens that her crush on her friend, Ben Rydell, could not end well for her. He only saw her as his annoying neighbor, and a tomboy whom he often fought with. When Ben marries Jocelyn’s nemesis, Marcy, Jocelyn’s years of loving Ben from afar turn to anger and hurt as she watches them setting up a life together. She understands and sees what Ben doesn’t and can’t; it’s all an illusion.
Then, the greatest fire in the state’s history incinerates them, ripping the family apart and detonating a passion as explosive as the fire itself. In the ensuing aftermath, Jocelyn realizes that Ben will despise her to the end of her days. She snatched the honor he always took the most pride in, and when he leaves town, she knows he is lost forever to her. The secret she holds threatens to destroy not only Jocelyn, but also the man Ben Rydell once was.
Point of view:
I really enjoyed this one. The end of the last book was pure devastation for the Rydell family and this felt like more than redemption for Ben. It really was a rebirth for all of them.
Davis did a great job of giving the events of the year between the end of the last book and where this one began, creating a solid story for Ben & Jocelyn’s relationship, as well as being completely convinced in their HEA.
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 words were so… generic. God. She could slam her fist into his face. – River’s Lost by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #OppositesAttract #SecondChanceTweet
I don’t want you to leave again. That’s what made it all worse. – River’s Lost by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #OppositesAttract #SecondChanceTweet
Maybe… just maybe, they found the link they thought they lost, the connection that for so long cemented them as the best of friends. – River’s Lost by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #OppositesAttract #SecondChanceTweet
If we figure this out, I want it to be out of… choice. Not because we could or should. – River’s Lost by @leannewrites #Romance #Drama #Ranch #OppositesAttract #SecondChanceTweet