3.5 out of 5 Licks
Once comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.
Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn from his mistakes.
As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together.
As you may have noticed I’ve been NIA for a while. In that time I’ve probably only read about 2 books (sad I know). So when the tour option showed up in my inbox for this one it sounds like a nice read to get me back into the swing of things. This is my first book by this author so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the blurb sounded intriguing enough so I dove right in. This book is book 3 in a continuing series the author is writing about a family all finding their loves, but I didn’t feel lost. We start with a double wedding for two of Joely’s sisters. Joely is recovering from a horrific accident and is still obviously struggling with her recovering body and a bit of depression/anger about her new circumstances. Alec has been through loss himself. About 3 years prior to meeting Joely he lost part of his leg. Alec gives her some tough love at the wedding and for a time Joely finds herself actually having a good time again.
Overall I did enjoy this book enough to want to read the first two and continue on with the rest of the series once those books release. This is more on the sweet side of romance. There are a few make-out sessions and a love scene that isn’t described in too much detail, but it is still there so the door isn’t slammed in your face when you get to it. 😉 A few times the story dragged a bit and it felt like the author was trying to pad the pages but it didn’t take long for the story to pick back up and start swinging again. Toward the end of the book I found myself doing some pretty serious crying but it was a good kind of crying. Alec finally gets the closure he needs on some issues from the past and Joely is moving on too. The author even provides us with one of my favorite things in the world-an epilogue. I was grinning from ear to ear while reading it and it sums the book up quite nicely.
All in all this was a fun read with a bit of sadness thrown in to keep you interested in how they could possibly work through all the things swimming in both Alec and Joely’s past.
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About the Author
Lizbeth Selvig lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), and a gray Arabian gelding. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Contest in 2010 with her contemporary romance The Rancher and the Rock Star. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and spend time with her new granddaughter. She also has four-legged grandchildren—more than twenty—including a wallaby, two alpacas, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats, and horses (pics of all appear on her website http://www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!