There hasn’t been a woman who’s held Colby Ryan’s heart for long, not since his teenage love went awry twelve years ago. Now, all of a sudden, Dakota Jennings, his longtime family friend and trusted wrangler on the Circle R ranch, is catching his eye. For Dakota’s sake, Colby won’t ever give in to the temptation she poses.
Dakota has been secretly in love with Colby since the age of ten, but his sense of honor and the Texas code he lives by won’t allow her permanence in his heart. Up until this point, he’d never hinted at romance between them and yet, falling out of love with him just plain isn’t working.
Colby has always protected Dakota, and he isn’t about to stop now. If he gives in to his desire, she stands to lose far too much. Colby doesn’t deserve her love, he’s already ruined one life, but the binds that tie them are strong. Can Dakota be the woman to redeem his broken soul?
Title: Redeeming The Texas Rancher
Series: Forever Texan #3
Author: Charlene Sands
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 14, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
When two people have cared about, maybe even loved each other for years… each unknown about by the other, well sooner or later something’s got to give. And Dakota had decided that it was long past time to get over Cody. He certainly didn’t see her the way she needed him to, and if that hadn’t changed in years why was she holding out hope. So she set out to find another man who could lure her heart away from one stubborn cowboy. That didn’t exactly work as intended.
Cody had loved Dakota for as long as he could remember – from afar. He’d never tell her because she deserved a man without secrets. It had sort of worked right up until Dakota started dating. Yeah. His heart wasn’t going to take that easily. He knew what he should do, but what his emotions told him to do was far more risky. It’s time to make a decision. Walk away for good or take a risk with both of their hearts.
Redeeming The Texas Rancher will touch your heart, capture your attention on two really good people who happen to already love each other. Two very stubborn people who will have to trust that secrets only have a hold over you when they’re unspoken. I hurt for Dakota and Cody, they really did belong together and watching their journey to that mutual decision was both heartbreaking and heart warming.
If you love the type of romance that seems destined to not happen because of secrets and stubbornness, then you’ll love Dakota and Cody’s story. I’d highly recommend this story to any Romance reader.
*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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