Maybe if she’d known that running for her life would have changed her life for the better, she would have done it sooner…

Riley
My momma always believed in fate, but I didn’t believe it until I met him. The sexy cowboy who’d found me hiding in his barn. A series of disastrous events led me to …him. He and his family took me in, protected me, and gave me the life I always wanted. But at what cost?

Blaze
I didn’t expect to find the beautiful blonde in my barn that morning. Or the intense rage I’d feel after seeing her bruises. At that moment she became mine. Mine to take care of. Mine to spoil. Mine to protect from anyone who intended her harm. Anyone.

Titles in the Rock Springs Texas series include — The Cowboy and His Runaway – The Cowboy and His Best Friend – The Cowboy and His Obsession – The Cowboy and His Sweetheart – The Cowboy and His Secret – The Cowboy and His Mistletoe Kiss – The Cowboy and His Valentine – Rock Springs Texas Weddings

Be Aware!  This story, as tasteful and careful as it can be, does include conversations and situations involving domestic abuse both in the characters’ past and being faced in the present.  If domestic violence/abuse is a trigger for you… simply be aware before picking up this title. (said with complete respect to both the author and to the reader)

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  The Cowboy and His Runaway
Series:  Rock Springs, Texas #1
Author:  Kaci Rose
Genre:  Contemporary Romance/Modern Western Romance
Published:  March 27, 2020
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My Rating:  5 stars

Be Aware!  This story, as tasteful and careful as it can be, does include conversations and situations involving domestic abuse both in the characters’ past and being faced in the present.  If domestic violence/abuse is a trigger for you… simply be aware before picking up this title. (said with complete respect to both the author and to the reader)

I’ve said publicly, and quite frankly, that romances that spring domestic abuse on me unaware are stories that, unless they are ARCs, I will make a decision at that moment to continue or to close the book and walk away.  Domestic abuse is a trigger subject for me – it is for many readers, so I protect myself when reading about the subject.  This isn’t something I go on and on about, it’s simply part of my personality now.  I make sure that for those stories that I did continue with and enjoyed have a very loud and clear trigger warning on the review – this is the first time I’ve explained myself.

The reason is quite simple really – the series “Rock Springs, Texas” will deal, in one way or another, with domestic violence or domestic abuse, most times in a character’s past but occasionally in their present as well.  Not one of those situations is tossed out there unaware, none are done for the shock value – they are part of the character’s lives, deep in their DNA now (and I get that) so dealing with the character’s triggers with kindness, good taste, and perhaps understanding make this a series that entertains and, in a good way, teaches that there can be happiness, a good life beyond the really bad crap that sometimes happens.

It is for that reason that I’ll continue until the final book with this series – perhaps even binge reading as I become familiar with these people who are touching my life in a positive way.  I have reached a point in my life where I can do that – not every reader can, we each make our own decisions… but I would encourage all readers to pick up “The Cowboy and His Runaway” and experience Blaze and Riley’s romance for themselves, meet the siblings (not all blood related) who run these ranches with each other’s help as they all deal with their pasts, live in the present, and open their hearts to love in their futures.

Riley waited for the right moment, and when it finally came she ran as fast and as far away as she could – which given her physical condition at the time, was a miracle in itself.  One unaware angel driving a big rig brought Riley to a small town that would hold her future, help her heal in so many ways, and offer the love of a lifetime with one amazing man.  I loved Blaze and Riley, from the beginning the reader knows that they are right for each other, eventually.  Watching Riley heal under the tender care of this unconventional family was like aloe to a wound, calm, soothing, and just felt so good.  In fact, I fell in love with this entire family and I’m definitely looking forward to discovering their individual stories.

This is probably my most unusual review… ever.  But because this story was so good – and as part of that “triggered” audience, I needed other readers who might also fall into that audience to know that although it was painful at times to read, it was also a story of hope, of recovery, of possibilities, and of finding love in spite of all that has happened in Riley’s life.  I don’t give out 5-star reviews often (mostly 4.5 is as high as I go) but ‘The Cowboy and His Runaway‘ deserve every single one of those 5 stars… and more.

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