eARC Provided by publisher through Netgalley
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.
This is the 2nd book in the Copper Creek series. In the first book right off we learn that Bear Mackenzie has been murdered. Part of that book is spent with the why and how and who done it. The rest is the fact that Bear had another son he didn't know about until right before his death. That son shows up at the ranch as he is left a share of it in the will. Of course we also got the story of Ash MacKenzie one of the other brothers along with the back story of Bear and his lost son who is Griff Warren. Now in book 2 we are still looking for Bear's killer but we are finding out more about Griff. A former Marine he found out just a little too late that Bear MacKenzie was his father. The family welcomes him like he is one of them. Learning ranching is hard and rewarding work for Griff but being a Marine he is no stranger to hard work. On the invitation of a old military buddy he is invited to join him on the Grayson ranch. From what he hears the place is being run by a widow with her two small boys as a therapy ranch but the whole place is falling apart. Meeting Juliet Grayson and her boys does something to Griff. He can't keep from reaching out to her and her little boys are hard on his heart. I absolutely loved this book. Juliet's husband was also in the military and he died after a tragic accident and months of therapy. Now 3 years later she is on his families ranch with her boys ages 3 and 6 trying to survive and fulfill his last wishes. Griff is attracted to her but does his best to honor her wishes of going slow but neither one can push back the attraction they feel for each other. No one can quite bowl you over like the MacKenzie family does as they throw in behind Griff to help Juliet get on her feet. There is of course a little danger lurking in Copper Creek and just when you think you know who is to blame there's a twist to throw you off. R.C. Ryan really did a number on me with this book. I just love Griff. He is everything a woman could hope for in a man and more. Many heart clenching moments from cover to cover.
Find out more about R.C. Ryan and her books here www.ryanlangan.com