Slow Ride Homeby Leah Braemel
Book one of The Grady Legacy
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family's legacy, he's forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O'Keefe. Ben's never forgotten the illicit encounter/p>/em>
Book one of The Grady Legacy
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family's legacy, he's forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O'Keefe. Ben's never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years agoor forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she'd moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she's become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben's sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull's Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie's lost her heart.
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Ben Grady holds a very special place in my heart, and I really can't shout this books praises high enough. :) I have always loved Leah's attention to the details, no matter how small, and how her stories are more plot driven. Now don't get me wrong, because this book packs plenty of steam too but she crafts the story in such a way that it absorbs you into her world. This book is just exceptionally well written, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The details she weaves into the story about Texas always astound me. So Ben and Allie were torn apart by lies and deceit, and neither of them ever forgot the other or the feelings they once had. Now she is being forced to come back and confront those old feelings all while trying to save his family ranch from someone claiming to have purchased part of the land. These two pack a punch with the emotions going on here. I loved that Ben isn't afraid to tell Allie how he feels, and the way that he knows just how to handle her after all this time is just so swoon worthy. :) Allie is strong yet so very vulnerable too. She is justifiably skittish about allowing any man back into her life given her past mistakes, but especially Ben because he could hurt her worse than he did the first time. I loved the banter between these two, and the honest communication that they had. It just made the characters feel more real to me. I've always been a sucker for a reunion type love story, and this one definitely exceeded my expectations. Overall, the chemistry and real emotions really make this book great, but also the slight hint of mystery going on with all the secrets and deception. Definitely give this one a read guys, because I don't think you will be disappointed. Now I just have to wait on Jake's book, because I'm dying to see where this story goes! It's a trilogy, so you know it is just building and building! *big grin*
***I was provided this book by NetGalley for an honest review*** This is one of those times that I wish I wrote better reviews because there is just no way I'm going to do this book justice. To say that I loved this book would be a GROSS understatement. SRH touched my heart in a way that no other books has done for a while now. The characters are not only relatable but they are real, absolutely and completely real. I admit, I'm a Texan and an Aggie so I might be a little biased but all that aside, this book had it all. It had love, loss, romance, intrigue, a wide array of characters to choose from and plots and sub plots all over it but what it didn't have was confusion. With all the different things going on you never lose sense of the direction of the book. It would have been easy to be overwhelmed with the different intrigues but Leah Braemel is such an amazing author that she was able to keep everything in line. You will find characters that are easy to love as well as those that are easy to hate. There are bits and pieces that allude to what is coming up with the rest of the trilogy that will set your impatience for the next book level on high! There was never a point that I wasn't 100% involved in the story, from beginning to end. There really weren't any slow downs as the book progressed, it was able to keep me active and intrigued the entire time. I would recommend this book to any and every person that would listen, without hesitation! Can't wait for the Grady Legacy to continue so we can see how everything plays out.
This was an excellent book that I enjoyed very much. BUT, I felt the end was abrupt. Did they get married? Did Mom accept deceased husbands illegitimate son? Several more questions were left "hanging".. Hope there is a second book (the story sets up well for a series) because I liked the characters and think each deserves their own story. Writing was first rate... Characters were well developed... Story line was strong... Need more of it...