To save her son, shy but determined waitress Becky McAllister would do just about anything. But she never expected “anything” to include the brother of the man who broke her heart.

Steve Parker needs a wife, now, if he has any hopes of winning his local DA election and becoming the advocate for the underserved he’s always dreamed of being. The sweet waitress seems like just the person—if he can get her to agree.

One year of marriage—no strings, no personal attachments. Becky gets the insurance funds she needs for her son’s surgery while Steve’s poll ratings soar. Neither planned on a commitment in their future, so they should have no problem making it through the year without getting emotionally involved, right?

Except Becky’s holding on to a secret from her past—one that would change everything.

Titles in the Trinity River series include — Back in the Rancher’s Arms – Small Town, Big Secrets

Title:  Small Town, Big Secrets
Series:  Trinity River #2
Author:  Elsie Davis
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 8, 2020
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Small Town, Big Secrets‘, the second title in the ‘Trinity River‘ series is the type of romance that gets my emotions all riled up and swinging from happy to sad to totally frustrated and angry with some people.  It’s not easy to keep secrets in a small town, I lived in one for decades so I speak from experience – but, it is possible.  And for this couple, Becky is holding onto a firecracker of a secret.  I enjoy the possibilities of the marriage of convenience trope.  Will they fall, can they see how right they are for each other or will they simply ignore the feelings growing between them?  That is certainly true for Becky and Steve.  Each has a valid reason for agreeing to a marriage of convenience, after all, each gets exactly what they need and desire most.  Yet when emotions get involved, and the truth comes to the surface, those tender emotions developing are going to have to fight to keep Steve and Becky from walking away from each other – something neither really wants to happen, despite outward appearances.

I completely fell in love with a little charmer named Bryon, Becky’s son.  And the scenes between Bryon and Steve are some of my favorites in this story.  Unfortunately, there are also some nasty pieces of work here as well.  I’ll never understand why some people act as they do, and it was this part of the story that earned my anger at people and events.  Watching Becky, Steve, and Bryon begin to form a family, to get that chance for a real happy ever after was a delight to watch unfold.  Yes, there are potholes and huge craters along the way and I enjoyed the journey immensely.

I didn’t read the first story in this series, ‘Back in the Rancher’s Arms‘ before this review – and I really didn’t need to for I followed along in this small town just fine.  But I will go back and pick it up for I enjoy this new-to-me author’s storytelling voice – and I’d like more.  If you love a good marriage of convenience romance, if watching a small child bind the hearts of two adults even closer, and you like seeing wrongs righted then you’d enjoy ‘Small Town, Big Secrets‘.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Entangled 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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