SERIES: Return of the Blackwell Brothers #3
GENRE: Contemporary Clean Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2018
His family committed a terrible wrong
Ben Blackwell wants to make it right
The last time Ben saw Rachel Thompson was when her best friend left him at the altar. Now Rachel’s suing the Blackwells over river water rights.
Rachel’s a triple threat—rancher, fellow attorney and single mom—and Ben’s plan to win in court hits a snag when mutual attraction blooms.
If he divulges a long-held secret, will his family forgive him? Will Rachel?
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“It’s kind of hard to move on when you’ve returned to the very spot where you started.”
Another great addition to the multi-author Return of the Blackwell Brothers series! I’m so enjoying this family of brothers and the women they fall for, as well as the continuing story arc of their grandfather Big E and what he’s up to. If you haven’t jumped into this series yet, you can read each one as a standalone if you need to, but you’ll enjoy the series much more if you start from the beginning.
Ben Blackwell has stayed away from the family ranch since being jilted at the altar by his fiancee and a family member. But a series of circumstances find the attorney back home and facing a legal battle against his childhood friend Rachel Thompson, who also happens to be his ex’s best friend. Rachel is in the middle of her own divorce/custody battle as well as fighting to keep her own family’s ranch alive, manage her own law practice, and take care of her baby girl.
I loved both of these characters and how their friendship still overpowers their current animosity toward one another. They may be wary – and with good reason – but deep down the ties between them are still there, combined with some delicious sparks and chemistry. Both have issues that they need to work through – personally, with family and with each other. This adds a lot of depth to each character, and one particular dilemma that Ben faces definitely kept the story from becoming predictable. There wasn’t an easy answer to that one, and I enjoyed the layers it added to the plot and the characters – as well as the thread of redemption that it elevated.
There’s lots more to love about The Rancher’s Redemption. For instance, Ben’s easy way with Rachel’s adorable little girl and the instant bond they had. There’s something very swoony about a big tough cowboy (even if he is a fancy lawyer now) who isn’t too tough to help take care of a baby. Another thing to love is the interesting twist that happens in the continuing arc with Big E and the ripples of its repercussions throughout the story. I’m so intrigued by this thread and can’t wait to see where it continues to lead!
Bottom Line: The Rancher’s Redemption by Melinda Curtis is sweet and sincere, with great chemistry and tension in this friends-to-more romance. The Blackwell family dynamics continue to be intriguing and entertaining, particularly as the brothers navigate the hot mess Big E left behind. Well-placed humor blends well with the more serious moments, and the importance of family is nicely spotlighted. A great read which continues the series momentum and sets the stage for the next book as well.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
USA Today and Amazon Bestselling Author, Melinda Curtis is the award winning author of contemporary romance that spans the sexy scale – from sweet romance to sweet romantic comedy (written under the Melinda Curtis brand) to fun, sexier romances (written under the Mel Curtis brand).
Melinda loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while simultaneously capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love (because, really, who lets the man have the last word?).
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