The prodigal son of Copper Ridge, Oregon, has finally come home
The man who ruined Rebecca Bear's life just strolled back into it with one heck of an offer. Years ago, Gage West's recklessness left Rebecca scarred inside and out. Now he wants to make amends by gifting her the building that houses her souvenir store. Rebecca won't take Gage's charity, but she's willing to make a deal with the sexy, reclusive cowboy. Yet keeping her enemy close is growing dangerously appealing…
He's the wild West brother, the bad seed of Copper Ridge. That's why Gage needs the absolution Rebecca offers. He just didn't expect to need her. After years of regretting his past, he knows where his future lies—with this strong, irresistible woman who could make a black sheep come home to stay…
Anger, hate, bitterness are all such unattractive emotions, they muddle your mind, they tarnish your soul, they make a mark on you. Rebecca is filled with these feelings, it seems that is what drives her, gives her energy, makes her move forward, gives a place to hide. Her life was shaped by the accident, it changed everything for her, still affects her, it still is visible in her body. Her mother used it, and the payoff, as an excuse to leave them, that changed her life even more. His father made the payoff, making the whole accident a secret. It's been 17 years. Rebecca hated Gage with everything that was in her, enough to wanting to kill him.
Gage was such a troubled man, it was obvious that the events in his teenage years, the accident, and his father, shaped him as well. And he tries to stand so tall and careless, but with every action and every decision he shows how much he truly did care, how much he wanted to fix the past, to be able to move on, to be able to be, to be able to breathe. He has all these thoughts and emotions inside of him that he has absolutely no frame of reference how to deal with them, and he seems lost.
Hate, bitterness, anger, and fear were all palpable in the air, the tension immensely high, the air filled with negative thoughts, so much so it felt like I was drowning in them at times, overwhelming to take it all in. And from that rock bottom place, the author turns the story to a beautiful tale about redemption, forgiveness, learning to let go of all the protective walls, and learning to love.
The story goes deep, it is rough, raw, and hurtful, because we often have break down completely, to be able to build up again. And it is easier to accept that someone else has forgiven you than forgive yourself.
There's nothing light and fluffy about this story. I was very frustrated at the beginning since I felt Gage was dealt a rotten hand. He was a teenage boy who made a mistake, the accident was that, an accident. What happens after the accident was choices adults made themselves and had nothing to do with Gage. Why all the hate and anger towards him? But it was the process that Rebecca had to go through. And the character development in this story is superb, on both Rebecca and Gage, and even secondary characters. How they both come to the place, where they can open up, forgive themselves, and move on from there is an uphill battle, beautifully done, so touching, and even sensual.
This story shook me to the core and got me emotionally involved. I was furious to it at times, yet smiling at other times. I felt for the characters struggles, yet was irritated by their immaturity. The journey Rebecca and Gage took, I was right there with them, with every bump in the road, the uphills, the thrilling curves, and the occasional smooth riding. A beautifully written story, at times nearly poetic, about redemption, forgiveness, learning to trust and the meaning of love.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon at the side
I’m not really a gourmet cook. My food isn’t fancy, but it is tasty!
I’m also not big on following exact recipes, but I’m going to do my best here.
You will need:
1 pound of chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
1 package corn tortillas
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans enchilada sauce (I prefer Rosarita)
Shredded cheese (as much as you want)
1 can black olives (sliced)
Boil chicken until cooked, shred, set aside.
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Warm up some oil (canola, olive, whatever you prefer) in a small pan on the stove. Dip your corn tortillas in the oil. This is to warm them up and make it so they don’t split, you don’t want to fry them! Set them on a plate or cookie sheet lined with paper towels to help get rid of some of the excess oil.
Take one tortilla, put in a line of shredded chicken, then a little cheese over that. Roll the tortilla and place in a glass baking dish (9x13 is ideal). Then repeat until your pan is full.
Pour your canned sauces into a bowl and mix them, then pour them over the top of your rolled, filled tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese, add olives and bake about 20 minutes, or until the enchiladas are bubbling.
And there you have one of my favorite meals to eat, on deadline or any time!
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.
She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.
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