I found myself enjoying this book when I wasn’t sure going in I would.
Austin has an epiphany when he wakes up the morning after a really big bender. He isn’t sure if he took a woman home or what happened… Thankfully this made him wake up and decide to go cold turkey. He owns a shop in town but has been fighting his whole life against what people think of his family. I felt for him but he is something else. Such a wonderfully complex individual comes to light as we watch him struggle against alcohol and against his feelings for Dinah. He’s wounded but man oh man does he enjoy getting under her own walls to get what he wants. It was nice to see a man who has such hurt and pain in him not drop down to cruelty when things make him appear to be the bad guy. His talk with his father was wonderful to see as it shows that this family has a lot of issues to work thru but that redemption and healing are possible no matter how bad it gets.
Dinah… she’s a piece of work. I liked how much she was willing to give up to get the dream of being something in a man’s profession (at least in this town) but was even happier that she let Austin in. She’s got this whole in public I’m not female thing going and it makes most men look the other way. In reality she wants to find someone and have a family but has resigned herself to not having it all. She’s put in some bad spots in this with having to arrest Austin for theft but in the grand scheme of things Austin knows she’s just doing her job even if it kills her inside. Of course him being a bit stubborn makes them fight a bit but when she gives in to her feelings with him it was sweet to see. This strong woman melting in a strong but broken cowboy’s arms was just awwww..
So if you want a nice story about to people who have issues finding one another this would be a nice one to pick up. Thanks to NetGalley.com and Harlequin for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.