Romances can be defined or driven by a variety of things: plot, sexual dynamics, sturm and drang, angst, great heroes, and/or great heroines. This book doesn't just have one great hero, it has a whole family of them. Garrett, the star of this book, is a gentle giant and a man of few words but a great sense of honor and protectiveness. She grows and softens though the book from a scarily defensive character into a softer more loving one, but I could never warm up to her.
The heroine is seriously messed up from a terrible childhood so she is not looking for "love" and the hero just wants to keep her and the baby safe so he is kind of oblivious. Safety Gang safe Only read spoiler if you have to know where the baby came from before reading the book! (view spoiler) This is NOT the hero's baby.
Known as the Gentle Giant, he was perfect for Chelsea, who had been abused by her father as a child and swore she'd never love any man. However, when Chelsea' s life was endangered, there was nothing gentle in the way he insisted on protecting both her and her nephew even if it does mean taking on organized crime.
I read a later volume in this series and liked it really well but this one just didn't work for me.
While it didn't drag me into wanting to read any more of the books it was a pleasant enough read.
Second example of Chelsea being stupid: After Chelsea wakes up from basically passing out from all the stress after arriving at the farm, she doesn't realize that she's naked until she's had her talk with Garrett. Third example of Chelsea being stupid: So basically throughout the story, Garrett is nice and friendly to everyone that he comes into contact with. Yet, Chelsea, living in an imaginary world, thinks till basically the end of the story, that Garrett is only being nice to her because he wants to sleep with her. Fourth example of Chelsea being stupid: "And she tried to think of why he'd (Garrett) been so nice to the baby. When Garrett is trying to come up with an idea to keep Chelsea on the farm, why in hell didn't he just tell her the truth? Considering she'd told him multiple times throughout the story that she wasn't interested in having a relationship...yes, it makes sense to make her think Garrett was in love with her to keep her there, rather than telling her someone wanted to kill her. There wasn't much time that past from the cow stampede to Garrett's date night. When Jessie and the baby and whoever else are trying to sneak off the farm while de Lorean's men are watching, how exactly did they think they wouldn't be seen/caught?
Garett gave up college (full ride on football scholarship?) to raise four brothers, and a sister, on his own after their parents died. Then she made a huge decision that, though admirable, was dumb as hell especially because she didn't see it through and I found myself wishing another heroine would show up and sweep the hero off his feet.
I didnt really feel any "suspense" when reading this but it was still a cute and light romance.
Just a little over a year later, the house, which I had named, SERENITY, burned. The youngest of my five daughters had left home that same year, and while thats not a tragedy at all, it felt like one to me. I had lost almost everything before that point, and as I poked through the wet ashes and soot the next day, I realized that I had now been stripped all the way to the bone. (And no, I didnt come to that realization that day--there were a few days of wallowing in pity first, particularly the day after the fire, when I hit a deer and smashed up my car, which I was practically living in!) Thats when I started to laugh. And we've acquired a pair of stray cats as well, a mother and son, Luna (Lulu for short) and Butters aka Buddy. A few months later, Lulu returned, again expecting. This litter was born on the "Monster Moon." Again, all the kittens were spayed and neutered and placed in homes, and this time we got Lulu to the vet in time to spay her before the cycle could repeat. She has a story of her own, my old Glory cat, having been with me before the Dark Times descended, she went through it all with me, moved with me, survived the fire, and remains with me still.