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There’s a new breed of Fortune in town…

In the small Texas burg of Rambling Rose, real estate investor Callum Fortune is making a big splash. The last thing he needs is any personal complications slowing his pace—least of all nurse Becky Averill, a beautiful widow with twin baby girls.

Callum’s past has convinced him he’s not cut out for commitment. Yet, drawn to Becky in ways he can’t understand, Callum is torn between moving on…and moving in!

Titles in The Fortunes of Texas: Rambling Rose series include – Fortune’s Fresh Start by Michelle Major – Fortune’s Texas Surprise by Stella Bagwell – The Mayor’s Secret Fortune by Judy Duarte – Fortune’s Greatest Risk by Marie Ferrarella – Betting On A Fortune by Nancy Robards Thompson – The Texan’s Baby Bombshell by Allison Leigh

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Title:  Fortune’s Fresh Start
Series:  The Fortune’s of Texas: Rambling Rose #1
Author:  Michelle Major
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 1, 2020
Publisher:  Harlequin Special Edition
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Once I realized that I’d read and review a story in this series out of order a few days ago, of course, I had to go back and start at the beginning because that’s how I read best by getting the full feel of any series by starting with the first book.  Yeah, it’s a weird reading quirk, but I’m okay with it.  🙂

Fortune’s Fresh Start begins (or continues in a way) another branch of the Fortune family’s romances, this time in the small Texas town of Rambling Rose where the wealthy, major change-making Fortune brothers have moved in to revamp much of the old town and are stirring up conversations – good and bad.  There is a bit of world-building, as there has to be in the first story in a new series, but it wasn’t overwhelming and fit well within dialogue and narrative.  The wealth of the Fortune family (and there are 3 men and 4 women who will be moving to Rambling Rose) is offsetting for much of this small town’s population.  The brothers’ plans to build “fancy” places as well as much needed renovations are at odds with many folks who don’t feel that what the Fortunes are bringing to town will benefit them or the town before it’s turned into a wealthy tourist trap.  There are plenty of conflicts to be found in this story as well as the rest of the series to come.

Becky and her husband moved to Rambling Rose for the small town appeal.  Unfortunately, her husband was killed in a car accident shortly after they learned she was pregnant – with twins.  For nearly two years Becky has independently taken care of life, held down a nursing job and devotedly cared for her twin daughters.  She’s held herself apart somewhat from people in town fearing they’d look down at her as a single parent – a belief thanks to her parent’s reactions when she decided to not move home after her husband’s death.  The last thing she expected was the attraction to Callum Fortune or to have him seemingly feel that same attraction as well.  She’s scared to truly live again but is warming up to the idea of a future with Callum – if only he could leave his past disappointments where they belong, in his past.

Callum had a disastrous first marriage, thanks in part to his workaholic ways but also because he and his former wife were simply too different in their opinions of what is important in life.  Now, he’s devoted to coming in, buying up property, renovating it and moving on to the next town… rinse, repeat.  Rambling Rose is turning out differently because from the start this place feels like home, or what home could be.  Single parent and nurse Becky Averill caught his attention at first glance, talking with her spiked his interest and attraction, meeting her daughters only closed the deal.  Yet, Callum has no plans to stay in town or to give his heart to another woman ever again.  That’s something he’s going to need to deal with as Becky, Luna, and Sasha slowly, surely grab more of his heart with every single encounter.

I loved Fortune’s Frest Start for several reasons but mostly for the real feel of economic differences between Becky and Callum as well as watching a man and woman fall when they had no intention of ever risking their hearts again.  The Fortune siblings we’ve met so far have caught my attention and I cannot wait for their stories to play out.  I had fun with a laugh out loud story full of emotions, conflict, adorable twins and two people who could bring so much to each other if they’d only take that risk.

I own a Kindle edition of this book.

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