I just wanted to give the heroine Summer a hug! On her own in the world, after the death of her parent’s she’s struggled to keep herself afloat. Then one poor decision puts her in bad standing with the people in her small town, and under surveillance for a crime she was a victim of. The ridiculous attitude adopted by the small town made me angry! A sign of good writing! Out of options, she answers an ad for a housekeeper to small boys, and winds up with more than she bargained for. Most of the O’Leary clan is well on their way to being men, and their eldest brother and caregiver, Holden is one-hundred percent masculine male.
There’s so much I want to say about this one, but I can’t because it’ll give away many of the surprises Ms. Ball has in store for the reader. Strong, but, not over the top, and tender-hearted without being a doormat, Summer is well balanced, and entrancing.
Holden’s a man who’s made some missteps, but loves his family above all. Taking over raising his brother’s after his parent’s death. The poor man is drowning under the weight of running a Veterinary practice on top of his new position as a parent.
No man is perfect but there were moments he genuinely missed the mark with Summer. It jolted me out of the romance, and there were moments I found the situations a bit too over the top. Which is why I gave this romance a four out of five.
Their slow burn romance survived many trials. The sex scenes weren’t plentiful but when they arrived they sizzled! I highly recommend this romantic western.