Series: Paint River Ranch #3
Author: Elizabeth Otto
Published: May 12/15 by Entangled Publishing
Genre: contemporary romance
Back Cover Blurb:
Injured and discharged, Marine Levi Haywood has returned to his family's ranch in order to heal and start a new life. After all, once a cowboy, always a cowboy. The only problem? Life at the ranch has moved on since he joined the service, and suddenly his role is much less clear. And things get a lot more confusing when his childhood sweetheart shows up.
Carrie Lynn Waite has never known a time when she didn't love Levi. They were childhood sweethearts, but because of her illness, she was forced to move to the city, away from the ranching life. Now Carrie's come home only to learn her family's ranch is in trouble and Levi is back, along with an undeniable attraction she can't resist. But some things never change. Now Carrie must decide between her future...and the cowboy she could never resist.
Carrie’s situation was heartbreaking. The way that she made the most of it was empowering. Seeing her stumble along the way, however, really humanized her. And then we have Levi, the swoon worthy hero of this tale. If the marine/cowboy combination wasn’t enough to make you drool over him, his caring, survivor attitude sure will. I also enjoyed getting to know their friends and family. It really gave a full picture of who these characters are and what their lives are like. I will admit, however, that Carrie’s dad rubbed me the wrong way. Sure, I get where he’s coming from, but he goes about it in such a way that I found myself grumbling at him repeatedly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Otto combines the best of ranching with all the worst that the industry has to offer, all wrapped up in a bow with this inspiring second change romance. This was my first foray into Otto’s writing, but it definitely won’t be my last.