Alexandra Declan leaves her country roots behind, convincing herself she could never love a country boy: There is too much risk that he will turn out to be like her father. She will find a nice man in the city or be alone, but she'll have nothing to do with a good ol' boy.
Rick Harrington, the son of a wealthy shipping magnate, doesn't want the unhappy life he sees his parents living and will do whatever it takes to control his own destiny, even walk away from wealth and a life of luxury for the back-breaking work of a cattle ranch.
When they meet, they resist the natural attraction, each believing the other is exactly what they need to avoid. It's not until their secrets are revealed and Alexandra stops denying her country heart that they have a chance to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart.
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A wonderfully written novel that left me wanting more! Usually a slow reader, this book had me abandoning chores and grabbing cereal for dinner just so I could see what happened next! Thomas' characters are so well developed that you instantly feel a connection and find yourself rooting for the happy ending. But with many a twist and turn, this story keeps you on your toes. Highly recommended!
First, I'm a sucker for stories about resisted attraction. Robin Thomas delivers! Alex is turned off by the thought of having a country life; it reminds her too much of her roots. Rick is the poster-man for exactly what she DOESN'T want. The characters have to learn to put their bias aside, but will it be enough? This book is such a strong first romance novel from a debut author. Take this passage (one of my favorites!): "She was the most beautiful woman Rick ever saw, the one he'd been dreaming about for years - attractive, intelligent, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. He knew he should tell her he was there, but he didn't want to break the spell. He didn't want to see the look in her eyes when she saw him walk toward her. He wanted to remember her just like that." Talk about SWOON! I highly recommend putting your toes in the sand (or bathtub) and picking up this book!