Millie Parkman Dayton is still healing from the fatal car accident that claimed her husband and turned her into the focus of local gossip. But when she’s thrown together with the attractive rancher who shares in her tragic past, new rumors begin to fly in Last Ride, Texas.
Single dad Joe McCann is focused on running his ranch and raising his daughter. He has no desire to help Millie unearth his late wife’s past, especially if it means revealing painful secrets.
Until his daughter teams up with Millie, and the widower cowboy finds himself agreeing to help them with their project—and opening the door to a deep attraction he thought he’d never find again.
Titles in the Last Ride, Texas series include — Spring at Saddle Run —♥— Christmas at Colts Creek —♥— Summer at Stallion Ridge —♥— Mornings at Rivers End Ranch —♥— A Texas Kind of Cowboy —♥— Tempted at Thoroughbred Lake (novella) —♥— Twilight at Wild Springs —♥—
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Spring at Saddle Run
Series: Last Ride, Texas #1
Author: Delores Fossen
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: May 25, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin (HQN)
My Rating: 4.5
There are so many great series (yes, without even reading them yet, I’m certain they will be great) on my Kindle’s TBR Tower of Patiently Waiting To Be Read featuring Delores Fossen. I love her stories; they’re realistic, passionate, loving, and at times gritty. But I have a habit of purchasing the most recent release with the intention of getting started on “that” series. Well, those intentions are paving a pathway right to… my TBR and that needs to change — which is why I’m picking up my “From the TBR” feature once again. To get those lonesome books read, and to get caught up enough to actually read the next release when it, well, releases. What an amazing concept! 🙂
Spring at Saddle Run opens up the Last Ride, Texas series (which includes at least one novella, so far). I am loving the covers on these titles, especially the most recent three books. Covers do matter to me, frankly, they often decide if I even pick it up (click on it) to read the Cover Description. In fairness, all of the stories in the Last Ride, Texas series could be read as standalone; the couple’s story is complete in each one… but, there are more stories to come that will intertwine in some ways with the previously released ones. I prefer to try to read a series from the start if I can, but you do what works for you.
Millie Parkman Dayton and Joe McCann both share a bit of history thanks to their spouses who mysteriously died together in the same car crash. Speculation has run rampant in this small town and gossip is always like wildfire; it spreads so easily. Yet neither knows the absolute truth as to why her husband and his wife were in that car together that day… and they probably will never know for certain.
When they find themselves chosen to work on a town project that neither can actually refuse all those emotions come back to the surface once again. What they didn’t expect was the attraction, the sense of rightness in the middle of a town on fire for the latest gossip. Watching Millie and Joe work together, begin to acknowledge the pull between them, and then set about actually making their unique situation work for them and Joe’s daughter was a wonderful, emotional journey. There are twists and turns, and enough intrigue to choke a goat but… there are also enough emotions, laughter with tears, healing, and looking forward to an unexpected future as well. There are bumps on this rocky road to a happy future, but they are weathered with a newly found love that can handle trouble as long as loved ones are nearby.
Spring at Saddle Run is a well-written, emotion-engaging, often heart-wrenching look at how love with the person who fits you just right can make a difference for so many others. This one has everything I need to check off all the boxes on a really good romance. And I’m so glad there are more good reasons to return, soon, to Last Ride, Texas.
I own a Kindle edition of this title.
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