When she finds herself as the sole legal guardian of her teenage sister and the heir of a significant fortune, Harper Maddox drops out of medical school to move back to her small hometown of Willow Creek, Georgia. Her return brings her face to face with Russell Hart (aka Cowboy), her fiercely independent and sexy first love who broke her heart three summers ago after gaining her wary trust.
Harper is determined to protect her heart and resist Cowboy’s allure, but when she decides to remodel and reopen her parents’ B&B, she must turn to the one man she was determined to ignore for advice and assistance. Cowboy proves to be a surprising ally and friend, and it’s only a matter of weeks before she finds herself falling for him all over again. He appears reformed, but Harper still questions his ability to fall in love.
Will Harper’s fear of getting hurt outweigh a chance at true happiness?
Title: Daring to Fall
Series: Willow Creek #2
Author: Shannon Stults
Genre: Romance, Modern Western Romance
Published: September 9, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
It was so easy to fall back into the world of Willow Creek once again for Harper and Cowboy’s (Russell) romance in DARING TO FALL. Although the reason that Harper is back home is a sad one, it’s also a part of life – for life goes on for those left behind. Once she fell for a young man, mistakes were made, hearts were broken and life moves on as she went away to medical school. Those years away may have settled her heart, somewhat, but there was damage done to her relationship with her younger sister. Now she and Sadie have to come to terms with losing Gran, Harper being back home, and rebuilding her parents’ B & B with the man she once loved. Life just got hard and easy – painful and hopeful, as well. There is no going back yet maybe there is a way to go forward with both her sister and the man she still loves in spite of their past hurts.
DARING TO FALL is told with significant flashback sections which, for me, made understanding Harper’s and Cowboy’s past and their mistakes so much easier. And perhaps, to be able to forgive a young man faster than the young woman he hurt so badly. I enjoy this small town with its quirky and caring residents, I hope to be able to return often for there are stories here I want to know. Loved running into Cole and Logan from KEEPING SCORE, bringing in all the characters of a series is always a treat for me.
If you love a Romance with wounded hearts finding a way to heal, some family troubles to deal with, and finding that love didn’t die it only got bruised along life’s journey then you’ll enjoy DARING TO FALL and want more. Watching Harper and Cowboy find their way back into each other’s hearts and lives was an emotional journey, one where I enjoyed every single step along the way to their happy ending.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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