About the Book:
She’s a believer in lost causes.
He just hopes she can believe in him.
Morgan Westcott is watching her dream slip away. Burned in love and with no family left to lean on, she is trying to build an equine therapy program from scratch in her little hometown. But help is hard to come by, funding is running low, and the writing is on the wall.
Cody Haskins finally has his dream job. He’s risen to become one of the top cow horse trainers in the nation, and now he’s riding for the famous Walker Ranch Brand—the family that took him in when he was a kid. But he’s got a hole in his heart, a chip on his shoulder, and a hankering for the one thing that’s always slipped through his fingers.
When Cody and Morgan team up to save a lost cause, it’s more than horses that get a fresh start. Trust and respect begin to grow, but old wounds are slow to heal. Will the disappointments of their pasts keep repeating themselves? Or can two people who never belonged anywhere else find a home together?
This is the first time I’ve read a book by Tess Thornton.
The writing style was engaging and the character development was very well done. I could identify with both Cody and Morgan.
I picked up the book mainly because of the setting. (I still love cow horses!) So maybe it was that this book isn’t my normal genre, but I found the story itself a bit flat. It started by introducing the characters through their own personal traumatic experiences and then it walked through the development of their relationship to each other. Trauma and connection were the sole drivers of the story. This made for beautiful main-character development, but I have to admit I would have liked the narrative to have been a bit broader. I’m not going to read the rest of the series.
All in all it was a well told story. If you want a focused, character driven romance and don’t mind wading through some trauma in the midst of it, then this book might be just what you are looking for.
I received a free digital copy in exchange for my honest opinion.