Whiskey River Rescue by Justine Davis

Still reeling from the unexpected sale of the land she and her horses live on, horse rescuer Kelsey Blaine is frantic when she comes home to find her possessions already boxed up and her house being bulldozed without any notice. Normally calm and kind, Kelsey becomes furious and impulsively cuts a privacy fence to confront the culprit–her mysterious neighbor, Joe.

Joe Kilcoyne is in a desperate place. He guards his secrets and hides from the world for a reason. He’s the hottest topic of speculation around Whiskey River, but no one has ever dared to get close to him. That is, until fiery Kelsey comes barging straight into his life.

The last thing Joe needs is for Kelsey to breach his defenses and make him confront his past. But when her sunny, open, and determined personality collide with a haunted man with no idea how to reconnect with the world, the sparks that ignite shock them both.

Whiskey River Rescue is part of the Brothers of Whiskey River series universe, although not a numbered title.  The original series titles’ names have been changed to : Texas HeirsTexas CowboyTexas Tycoon Texas RebelTexas Lover –  Texas Bachelor    (these links go to my original reviews – with the original names of each story, the titles were changed to the “Texas _____” later.)

Title:  Whiskey River Rescue
Series:  Whiskey River (not numbered)
Author:  Justine Davis
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  March 9, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

First impression, and first reactions aren’t always the right ones -Kelsey learned that rather quickly.  When her home and the rescue horses that she lovingly rehabilitates was in danger she didn’t think twice about confronting the man responsible.  The fact that he is a recluse who wants no contact with other humans is totally beside the point, she’s going to give this jerk a huge piece of her mind.

And so begins the rather unusual, rocky and sweet relationship between Kelsey and “Joe” Declan.  To be frank, I don”t really want to say too much about this actual story line because I believe I’ll end up giving away spoilers that are better read firsthand for the impact that they give, and the tone of this story.

What I am willing to say is that this is a story that will make you feel emotions, just about every emotion possible.  You’ll hurt for the man Declan has become because of his past and you’ll be encouraged by the love that he has found – if he can be brave enough to reach out for it, and that’s not going to be easy for this man.  Kelsey is exactly the type of woman he needs, a compassionate woman who sees beneath the surface to the heart of soul of creatures and humans.  It was an honor to join them on their journey to something better for each of them.

Whiskey River Rescue is part of the Whiskey River universe, and you’ll discover many familiar settings and people here… if you’ve read the original series – if not, then you’ll find a well populated small town with interesting secondary characters.  Either way, it’s a win for the reader.

I absolutely loved this story, it touched my heart and I came away well satisfied and hoping for more from this town and the newly introduced secondary characters I met this time around.  Who knows what may come in the future, but I’ve my fingers crossed for more.  If you’re in the mood for a story that will bring out your emotions with an interesting couple then this is one that should be on your reading list.

*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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