First rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it’s just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she’s never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek Café looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she’s built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn’t yet convinced she deserves…

While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph “Fishing Eagle” King still feels like an outsider, no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada’s biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it’s clear she’s not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she’ll have to decide whether to keep running or fight for what’s hers.

Includes the bonus novel Wild Cowboy Ways by Carolyn Brown!

Titles in the Chestnut Creek series include –  The Last True CowboyHome at Chestnut Creek – 

Title:  Home at Chestnut Creek
Series:  Chestnut Creek #2
Author:  Laura Drake
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  July 2, 2019
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Sometimes I find a story that melts my heart while it offers me the chance to see another culture through the character’s eyes.  I absolutely loved HOME AT CHESTNUT CREEK, the second story in Laura Drake’s Chestnut Creek series.  This story begins as a reluctant friends-to-lovers romance but it is really so much more than that.  There is nothing simple about Nevada and Joseph.  They both have intriguing backstories.  They both have demons and issues to deal with as they face their past decisions.  Joseph is a bit further along on his journey to letting go of the past so he easily recognizes Nevada’s defense moves to keep people away, far, far away.  But life is constantly moving and both Nevada and Joseph will have decisions to make – and danger from Nevada’s past to face.

I so badly want to fill up a page talking about HOME AT CHESTNUT CREEK – but if I do then I’ll reveal spoilers that you really should discover on your own as you devour this intriguing romance between Joseph and Nevada.  So instead I’ll say that this is a story that grabbed my emotions, all of them, from the very beginning.  Nevada isn’t always easy to like, but I was waiting for the person beneath the defensive wall to finally show up – and she was so worth waiting for.  Learning of Joseph’s Navajo heritage was fascinating and was a vital part of his journey not only in life but with Nevada.  It’s always a treat to run into characters from other books so I was very happy to see characters from THE LAST TRUE COWBOY once again.  (if you haven’t read that one yet, you should because it’s a great story).

I was easily caught up in the Chestnut Creek world once again and would not hesitate to recommend this story to any Romance reader no matter their preferred genre.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher 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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