A local girl comes home to face the cowboy from her past—and finally claim her future…
Lawson Granger loved Eve Cooper once, but her dreams were grander than anything his Texas-cowboy destiny could provide. Letting her walk out of his life and into television stardom was a mistake he made eighteen years ago. Now everything’s changed. Eve is back—pregnant and desperate for someplace to hide. And their desire is just as stubborn as they are.
Escaping to the comforts of home is Eve’s one shot at giving her baby a safe life. Earning Lawson’s trust is her one chance at making amends for the past. But the long-buried secrets and unintentional damage she fled from aren’t far behind. When the truth finds her, she stands to lose the man she loves and the only place she’s ever called home…this time forever.
Wrangler's Creek is one of the series that I am collecting in paperback as well, even though I have the digital copies because these stories are the ones you want to keep re-reading, definite keepsake material. So it is no wonder that Lawson Granger and Eve Cooper's story captured my heart. The emotions are so deep and profound, so real and troubled, so passionate and fierce, I inhaled the story at one sitting and wanted to start reading it all over again as I was finished with it.
The history between Lawson and Eve is already
a jumbled mess and when you add to it the secrets they keep, the rumors the town and paparazzi create, and the lies Eve's former co-star tells it is no wonder their life is turned into a tumultuous chaos where no one is in control and the truth is evasive.
Lawson is the middle child, the one who slips the attention and gets away with the most because no one was paying attention to him. The turmoils of his childhood were compensated with the love and devotion his young heart had for Eve. The passion was burning hot, the need for each other was intense, and every single sports arena in town brought bitter-sweet memories from their youth. Lawson had grown up to be a good, solid man. He worked on his cousin's ranch, he dated but avoided commitment and kids, marriage was just not for him or in his plans for the future.
Eve's life was build upon lies and deceit from the very young age and now her house of cards was truly fumbling down in one hurricane style sweep. Everything she has done, every secret she has kept, was done with good intentions, she is not a bad person and has no harmful purposes for her actions. Life just happened to deal her a bad hand and she did the best she could with it. But now she was in desperate need of straightening the mess, for forgiveness, and for understanding.
I loved the connection between Eve and Lawson because it was so real. The fracas in their lives was natural results for life lived with human errors and good intentions.
The story brings up an important issue of underage drinking and the dangerous consequences of it. It is taken very seriously and dealt with in honest and raw, deadly facts. There is no preaching or finger pointing just an important issue that needs to be talked about set into the tale in a way information is easily shared and understood.
An emotional addition to one of my favorite series. I laughed and smiled with antics of the folks, sighed and swooned with the hot cowboys. My heart melted with the ardent, delightful romance, it ached with all the family drama and trouble and rejoiced in the abundance of love that was found in the forgiveness and new chances.
~ Five Spoons!