Series & Title: Valentine Valley #4.5: When the Rancher Came to Town
Author: Emma Cane
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
Emma Cane returns to the amazing and romantic town for the latest installment in her sparkling series. When and ex-Rodeo star falls in love with the agoraphobic B&B owner, he must pull out all the stops to get her out of her shell.
Welcome to Valentine Valley!
The Silver Creek Rodeo is in full swing and everyone’s talking about the rancher who came to town…
Bed & Breakfast owner Amanda Cramer wants nothing more than a quiet, private life. Well, she wants guests too, but after her share of unwanted notoriety she’s gotten comfortable hiding out in her inn…perhaps a little too comfortable. When her newest guest arrives, tall, dark and breathtaking…Amanda begins to question her self-imposed exile.
Ex-rodeo star Mason Lopez knows all about the limelight. He’d avoid it if he could, but since one last ride could mean saving his family’s ranch, he’ll go all in. When he gets to Valentine Valley for the Silver Creek Rodeo, Mason checks into Connections B&B and finds himself immediately drawn to the beautiful, reserved woman who owns it.
Mason only has three days in town…can he convince Amanda to open her heart to him and welcome the world back in?
I really enjoyed this short story. Mason and Amanda weren't looking for love when they met. They had their problems--Mason's was financial, Amanda's was anxiety--but it was amazing how well they meshed despite them.
Mason's laid back attitude, gentleness, and understanding with Amanda were the shining points of this story for me. Not once did he condemn her decision to withdraw from society. Not once did he scoff at her anxiety attack. He listened, related, made her feel not so alone.
Amanda's slow descent into hiding made sense. It really did. What she did at her former job took guts. It couldn't have been easy on her during and after all was said and done, but the bravery she showed just to step forward and point out inappropriate behavior of a powerful employer speaks for itself. Despite her withdrawal, she was no coward. She put a face to what it meant to be brave.
This was a pretty short story, but Ms. Cane didn't info dump or leave me hanging. Her characters are surprisingly well-developed, the dialogue relaxed, the pace perfect considering the characters and their individual issues. It was a nice, quick, sweet and sensual romance that delivered the happy ending I wanted to find when I was done reading.
Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.
Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.