I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on 2014-08-05
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: the Author
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In the latest Silver Creek romance from USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates, former rodeo star Cade Mitchell may never ride again, but there are still a few things he can do—like care for the woman he loves. Amber Johnson has always thought of her best friend Cade as an older brother. A really hot older brother. But growing up in foster care, she learned to rely only on herself. As much as she likes stealing glances at Cade’s chiseled jaw and painted-on jeans, she resents the way he swoops in like a superhero to fix things for her. When former rodeo rival Jim Davis starts harassing Amber to sell her grandfather’s failing ranch, Cade swoops in once again. To send Jim on his way, Cade pretends to be Amber’s boyfriend, moving in to help fix the place up. With her grandfather behind the idea, Amber and Cade have to keep the charade going—whether she likes it or not. But as their make-believe romance starts to heat up, maybe Cade and Amber will learn to admit that they both could use a little saving…
I received this copy from Maisey while at the RT Convention in New Orleans. I hadn’t read any of this series yet even though I had all of them and I am kicking myself for that. I have since read every single one in a fast glom of the series and I can say …. GIVE ME MORE!! I loved this town and this family with all of its secrets.
Cade is still struggling to figure out who he is without rodeo. He’s tired of feeling like nothing he does is worthwhile and feeling like a second wheel around his family ranch. Cole is so set on what he wants to do with the place that even though Cade is a partner nothing will get done unless it is Cole’s way. As someone starts making a move on his best friend Amber’s ranch he decides to step in to help in any way he can. In this case it means pretending to be more than just friends but as the two of them start to live in the same house maybe just maybe they could burn off this sudden chemistry. He’s such a complex character in the other stories but seeing him struggle with the mystery of who caused the incident that ended his rodeo career, his family dynamics, what he really wants from Amber and what he wants for his future was painful as hell. I loved him when he finally said what he had needed to say to Cole for years but loved it more when he finally admitted what Amber meant to him. They were so perfect together and seeing him truly embrace his best friend as his partner was amazing.
Amber was a perfect match for Cade. She doesn’t put up with his crap and calls him on his behavior if he steps across boundaries. I felt for her as she struggled to feel like she belonged even as she yearned for it with all of her heart. She’s so guarded and prickly but with her past you can understand why it was so hard for her to realize what had been in front of her all these years. I’m not just talking about her relationship with Cade but her relationship with her grandfather and the whole town. She really wasn’t as alone as she thought she was but mainly she finally was able to admit that she truly did belong and wasn’t going to be sent away. I think I loved how much she really tried to do the right thing for everyone even though it was misguided and seeing her finally admit her own weakness when it came to Cade was a wonderful moment.
I really hope to see more from this town and family because you know Cade/Cole/Lark/Nicole have potentially many more siblings out there so we have more fodder for stories in the future..
I think you will also like seeing Cade get some closure on who sabotaged him and I hope to see more of that character in order to see him get closure as well. I’m not fond of him but …..