Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever.

I had no idea what was in store for me when I started to read this book and was pleasantly surprised to say the least. Even though it took me a while to get into it, I soon realised that the first few chapters had a solid backbone for events which would take place later on. This is a love story underlined and highlighted and I absolutely loved it.

Jordan Hawthorne has just finished her degree in history, and she’s excited! She going to have the job of her dreams, she’s engaged to the man she loves and the future couldn’t look rosier. But something goes dreadfully wrong and her whole world comes crashing down with the bat of an eye. No matter that she’d fled to a little town where she was welcomed with open arms, she still kept receiving bothersome text messages from the last person she wanted to talk to. The only people that know of her whereabouts are her parents and her best friend, Katherine, who I might add, are really lovely folk and will play quite an important part in the story. I really connected well to Jordan, and it was easy to understand why she had so many trust issues. Her reasons for not making any long-term plans, her need to protect herself from a person she thought she knew; fitted into her character perfectly. This person’s true colours are to be disclosed, and it’ll make you want to jump into the book and strangle the despot with your own hands!

‘…How could I have been so oblivious?’

Hers was a case of once bitten, twice shy; however, she wasn’t banking on meeting the most outrageously good-looking and polite cowboy, Thomas McCloud. Sparks fly from the first moment they set eyes on each other, and believe you me, their attraction palpitates! Spellbound by her beauty and her bubbly personality, this cowboy uses his natural chivalry to find out why she’s so dubious about getting involved with him. Mind you, having a reputation as a player doesn’t help either.

“Open your eyes, darlin’.” When I opened them, I gasped.

When Thomas finds out that the person stalking Jordan is her ex, he has an ominous feeling that something’s going to go terribly wrong. He’ll try to protect her from the danger she’s in without upsetting her more than she already is. Will he be able to save her from Ryan Gordon? Who is this man? Had the truth been revealed earlier, would it have made a difference? As this well-thought-out plot reaches an excruciating level, it might not be a bad idea to have a full packet of Kleenex at hand because I can guarantee you’ll lose more than one tear drop.

‘Maybe cowboys didn’t cry, but a man who lost his heart did.’

The sex scenes are explicitly described to perfection! They’re hot, steamy; and put the air-conditioning on folks. I had to! The two protagonists are adorable, and the secondary characters have a story to tell, too. Will we be seeing more of Ellie, Paul, Katherine and Lance Ms. Ford? Not only was I impressed with the banter between all of them, but I also liked the way you have managed to get the authentic southern accent across to the reader. I read your outstanding début novel in one sitting. In a nut shell… bravo!