Source: ebook provided by Harlequin via NetGalley
Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle’s legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. Maybe a small-town cowboy’s life isn’t his dream, but he owes the man who took him in as a kid. Until the identical twin brother he’s been estranged from for years reenters his life.
Conner struggles with identity issues as he gets to know his wilder brother. And then he meets Tricia McCall, a beautiful woman who knows a thing or two about living someone else’s dreams. Together, they just might find their own dreams right here in Lonesome Bend….
Review: The blurb for this book is a little misleading. It focuses all on Conner, and while the series is about the Creed men, this book spends a LOT of time on Tricia, so it’s unfortunate that she’s just mentioned in brief in the blurb. So, here’s a little more about your heroine of the story… Tricia is a big-city girl who ends up in Lonesome Bend to tie up some loose ends after her father passes away. She spent summers in the small town while growing up, but finds herself living their full time as she tries to unload some property that was left to her… and deal with the memories the town invokes. What she doesn’t plan on is meeting and ultimately falling for Conner (I’m not spoiling anything, it’s a Harlequin romance after all).
I am a huge fan of Linda Lael Miller and have met her at a couple book signings (heck, she lives in the same town as me) so I was excited to get my hands on her upcoming book. Again, Linda has delivered a solid book, delving into family relationships as well as a blooming romance. The only thing that prevented me from giving this book the highest rating was the romance. To me, it seemed a little shallow. Conner and Tricia seem to circle around each other and then magically are announcing “I love you” to each other. More time was spent on Conner’s strained relationship with his brother and Tricia’s with her great-grandmother and goddaughter than with each other.
This minor slight is the only flaw in an otherwise engaging book. I found myself glued to the story until the last page and am looking forward to the next book in the series, The Creed Legacy, which is about Conner’s twin brother, Brody.