Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Colorado Cowboys #4
Release Date: October 11, 2022
Years ago, he shattered her heart. Now she must trust him with her life.
As the only girl in her family, and with four older brothers, Ivy McQuaid can rope and ride with the roughest of ranchers. She's ready to have what she's always longed for--a home of her own. She's set her heart on a parcel of land south of Fairplay and is saving for it with her winnings from the cowhand competitions she sneaks into--but her dream is put in jeopardy when the man she once loved reappears in her life.
After two years away, Jericho Bliss is back in South Park as an undercover Pinkerton agent searching for a war criminal. He has no intention of involving a woman in the dangerous life he leads, but one look at Ivy is all it takes for him to question the path he's set out for himself.
Even though Jericho tries to resist his longtime attraction to the beautiful and vivacious Ivy, he finds himself falling hard and fast for her. In the process, his worst fear comes true--he puts her smack-dab in the middle of danger. With Ivy's life in the balance, will Jericho give her up once again, or will he find a way back to her, this time forever?
Reviewer: Katelyn Sponaugle
If you’ve read the first three installments in the Colorado Cowboys series and loved them, I’m sure this book will be no exception. I’ve read many other titles by Jody Hedlund that I loved. But, before receiving this book from Bethany House publishers to review, I hadn’t read any books from this particular series. Because of that, I found Jericho and Ivy's characters and their relationship somewhat underdeveloped.
Early in the book, the focus on their physical attraction to each other was very high. That physical tension can add a fun element to a book, of course, but this particular time I found it to be a little over the top. It actually gave their relationship a rather somewhat superficial feel.
I found Ivy’s character somewhat immature, especially at the beginning. There were scenes in the book I enjoyed. However, there was a lot of going around in circles and incorrectly assuming the thoughts of feelings of each other on Jericho and Ivy’s part that I eventually got tired of. I didn’t find myself compelled by the antagonist and some descriptions of his deeds I would have preferred not to be included. However, they obviously drove home his portrayal as evil. I did appreciate the bit of plot twist on the antagonist's identity.
I loved the character of Judd, who you may already be acquainted with if you’ve read the previous installments in the series. Ivy is portrayed as a strong female character. Jericho appreciates this quality about her, and I appreciate that while the author made it clear that he likes that she’s a strong woman, he still retains a strong masculine quality.
In conclusion, I would not suggest reading this book first if you haven’t read the first three installments in this series. But, if you’ve read them and loved them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy catching up with all the McQuaid family and Jericho in this installment.
I received a review copy courtesy of Bethany House Publishers through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.
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