Rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy Brody Creed likes life on the move. Until a chance encounter with his long-estranged twin brother brings him “home” for the first time in years. Suddenly Brody is in Creed territory—at thirty-three, he’s a restless bad boy among family with deep ties to the land and each other. And a secret past haunts him as he tries to make plans for his future.
Carolyn Simmons is looking for Mr. Right in Lonesome Bend, as the ticktock of her biological clock gets ever louder. Then she falls for gorgeous Brody Creed, the opposite of everything she wants. Until lassoing his wild heart becomes everything both of them need.
Review: This story is supposedly about Brody Creed (as the series has been following the Creed clan), but really, the star of this book is Carolyn, his love interest. Carolyn is a complex character and one that you’re just drawn to. She’s lead a hard life, first being abandoned by her mother, then surviving the foster care system and then leading a “gypsy” life — floating from one job/place to another, but never really settling down. But when she lands in Lonesome Bend, she found a place she can call home and hopes to settle in. She’s become friends with the Creed clan and even had an affair with Brody years ago, but he broke her heart when one night he just disappeared. Now he’s back and the attraction between them is still blazing and he’s pulling out all the stops to try to win her back, but she’s afraid to trust him again.
Now, not to say Brody don’t have his complexities. I mean, he did have his reasons (and pretty honorable ones at that) for disappearing on Carolyn. But being hard-headed, he doesn’t just tell Carolyn what happened… no he just sets out to seduce her. Granted, he’s really good at the seducing or romancing or whatever you want to call it, but so many of their hurdles would’ve been cleared if they’d just talked about their past. But, that said, the book would’ve also been over way too soon, so I shouldn’t complain too much.
I enjoyed this story. It was a good conclusion to the Creed trilogy (and now I need to go back and read book 1). Linda Lael Miller has written another heart-warming tale.