One night…and a whole lotta trouble!
When it comes to men, Ivy Rutherford never loses her cool. Ever. Then she meets wealthy, green-eyed cowboy C.J. Bartasavich, and desire burns out of control. Yeehaw. So for one night, Ivy will indulge in a passion neither of them will forget…and walk away without a backward glance.
Except now Ivy's pregnant. And even worse, C.J. has come to her hometown of Shady Grove determined to get to know her and be part of their baby's life—even if she's convinced their attraction is purely physical. Because Ivy can't let herself rely on a sexy cowboy…or worse yet, fall in love with one.
The author has a really fun, humorists, realistic way to write about life, and difficult issues. This story made me laugh out loud, tear up, feel frustrated, and sigh.
When Ivy and CJ find out they are going to have a baby together after one very hot night together, both of them make lots of mistakes, mistakes in how they tackle the situation, reactions to the news, reactions to the other person's reaction... It is like a snowball effect that starts to roll down the hill. Even though they grew up in very different kind of environments, there are similarities to the way their mothers were. But both CJ and Ivy are such control freaks, people who are afraid trust anyone, and both of them afraid, and determined not to, be like their parents, the mistakes, misunderstandings, and conflicts pile up.
Also, there's a sub-plot of young Gracie and Luke, both of the plots deal with trust and second chances, expectations from others mirroring one's own failures and fears, how hard it is to have faith in the feelings, hope in the relationships. The stories are touching, and I admit, a bit heartbreaking, with the reality of the fact, how little people do trust each other, why relationships are so hard, and why it is so scary to open up to people, let them in to be part of your life.
I love this story, it is the first of the series I have read, but certainly will keep an eye for the future installments of the series, since there were several questions I wanted answers to, events I wanted to witness, and most of all, the rambunctious, dysfunctional family I want to learn more about
~ Five Spoons!
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me