Saving Grace by Sandy James
Series: Safe Havens (# 1)
Release Date: May 30, 2013
Publisher: James Gang Publishing
Source: book provided by author for review
Grace Riley is on the run–from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.
Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.
Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?
Review: Saving Grace is a western romance set in Montana and San Francisco in the late 1800′s. The story has lots of adventures and some secrets – some pleasant and some not. Siblings Matthew and Grace have a strong bond, always looking out for each other growing up. When Grace runs away to keep safe from Stephen Shay, a horrible person from her past who inflicted much pain on her, Matthew unfortunately isn’t there to protect her. When she and Adam Morgan cross paths Adam is immediately drawn to give her protection and the space she needs. There is instant chemistry on both sides although Grace fights it all the way and gets ready to flee once again. Watching Adam treat her like a scared horse to gain her trust and show her he wants to love her and take care of her in all ways was heartwarming. Watching Adam’s daughter, Veronica, and Matthew fight their attraction as well was usually comical. The story line was woven effortlessly between the many characters all who played a strong role. There is family, extended family, friends, a small town in Montana with ranches and cowboys, laughter, tears, happiness and heartache, romance and love. There was nice closure and several happily ever afters and this is just the first book in the series. I can’t wait to read the others.
I have read James’ Alliance of the Amazon series which were fantasies and out of my comfort zone but enjoyed them. When I was offered to read and review the three books in the Safe Havens series I jumped at it since western romances with strong alpha males is one of my favorite genres. I was not disappointed.
Favorite Quote: This home belonged to a wealthy family. Judging from his age, Adam was the patriarch of that family.
He smelled nice. An odd thought, but his clean, masculine scent wrapped around her, calming her. With a resigned sign, she relaxed against him, simply too weak to struggle. At least that was the fib she told herself.