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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Rebel of Copper Creek by R. C. Ryan

A love worth fighting for . . .

The last thing widow Juliet Grayson needs is a man in her life. Between caring for her two young sons and maintaining her husband's ranch, her hands are more than full. Then she meets Griff Warren. With his quiet strength and his easy way with her boys, she's tempted to trust him. But if there's anything she's learned, it's that love only leads to heartbreak.

Former Marine Griff Warren never thought he'd settle down. Rebellious and proud, he's always been on his own . . . until the father he never knew he had died, leaving him with land that is his legacy and brothers to share the load. He doesn't need more than that. But Juliet touches something deep inside him-and he wants nothing more than to protect her and her sons. Now if only he can convince her to take a second chance at true love.

The Rebel of Copper Creek is the second book in the Copper Creek Cowboys series, however it stands well on its own.  However, they mystery seems to be started in Book 1.

Griff is a Marine who upon returning from Afghanistan learns that the father he never knew has died.  He is accepted into his new family and is adjusting slowly into his new family.  When he is out with his brother he runs into a fellow veteran that he met on his tour.  Jimmy tells him about a group doing riding therapy and asks Griff to come with him to check it out.  There is where Griff meets a young widow and her sons.

Juliet’s life has been full of hardship.  Her husband past away after she cared for after he became disabled.  She is left with two young boys and a ranch that is falling down around her.  She wants to offer riding therapy but the hydraulic lift she needs is broken. 

Griff meets Juliet and her boys and sees himself growing up without a father.  And finds himself drawn to them and to the lovely Juliet.   The road to love isn’t always paved with hearts and flowers, but Griff takes on the job protecting the family.  Can Juliet let go of her deceased husband and learn to love again?

R. C. Ryan’s characters are well defined and realistic.  Watching Griff and Juliet struggle with their past to find a future is wonderful!  The writing style is fluid and pulls you into the story and will keep you turning pages!

If you are looking for a read that has a bit of it all – romance, family, hope, suspense, and mystery, thrown together with a wonderful sprinkling of humor, this one is definitely worth the time.

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