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Title: Montana Rancher’s Kiss
Series: The Cole Brothers #2
Author: Kaylie Newell
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Pub Date 25 May 2021
This is a moving, contemporary, second-chance romance and a lovely addition to this series. Having said that, I believe the story works well as a standalone, too.
As a teen, Daisy Hudson was in love with Brooks Cole, so much so that she proposed to him. However, he turned her down and she left town with his previously best friend, who she married. Ten years later and she’s returned to town, recently divorced and looking to reconnect with her younger sister. She certainly didn’t anticipate discovering that the job she applied for is at the ranch he owns. The attraction is still there but both are now wary of being hurt . . . Is this a chance to heal old wounds . . . . a second chance for them? Or will fate intervene again to force them apart?
Difficult childhoods and strained relationships with parents culminate in emotional trauma which impact on the lives of this couple. Guilt, the blame game, love and loss all have roles to play as the two get to know each other again and discover how a decade apart has changed each other. It is a lovely read, filled with family angst and reconsidering decision. The characters are easy to relate to and there’s just the right touch of drama, too.
Thank you to Tule Publishing for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Rancher Brooks Cole has only ever loved one woman. But when she marries his best friend after high school and moves away, his lifelong belief that he’ll eventually lose the people he cares for most is cemented in stone. Turning his back on love, Brooks shifts his focus to something safe—running his family’s dude ranch with his twin brother.
Daisy Hudson always longed to leave her small Montana town—and all the associated pain—far behind. But after a divorce and her mother’s death, Daisy accepts that she must stop running and mend the country fences she broke so many years ago. Determined to stand on her own and start over, Daisy returns to Marietta and answers an ad for a cook at the Diamond in the Rough dude ranch. And then her first love opens the door.
As long summer days melt into sultry, summer nights, Brooks and Daisy remember why they were once so wild for each other. But forgiving is never easy and second chances aren’t guaranteed…