|Series: Brush Creek Brides #2|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Released: July 4, 2017
About the Book:
Cowboy and professional roper Justin Jackman has found solitude at Brush Creek Horse Ranch, preferring his time with the animals he trains over dating. With two failed engagements in his past, he's not really interested in getting his heart stomped on again. But when flirty and fun Renee Martin picks him up at a church ice cream bar--on a bet, no less--he finds himself more than just a little interested.
Renee's living with her cousin in Brush Creek, having just graduated from college. She's not ready to be an adult, has no idea what she wants to do for a career, and generally wishes everyone would just let her figure things out. She starts working for Dinosaur National Park, which has an hour-long commute that she spends thinking about Justin. With a decade separating their ages, she comes to realize that they're from different generations.
His Gen-X attitudes are attractive to her; her Millennial behaviors drive him nuts. Can Justin look past their differences and take a chance on another engagement? And if he does, will Renee be mature enough and ready for a serious relationship? Justin and Renee will have to figure out how to pray and how to listen to God to find a way to their happily-ever-after.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 (3 stars)
“He believed God would lead him too, if he’d let go
of the reins and exercise his faith.”
Renee is pressured to ask Justin out as part of a bet from her cousin but Justin is hesitant of relationships. However he agrees to a date to get him out an awkward position. What happens between them is beautiful and encouraging. I really liked Justin and could understand his hesitation to get involved with Renee after being left not once but twice. Renee felt really young for him at the beginning but she seemed to mature over time with his influence. I also liked that Renee brought out a fun side of Justin. I enjoyed their text message conversations and his constant teasing about her picking him up in a bar (it wasn’t). I didn’t like that we never find out what really happened with his past relationships even though they are referred to quite a bit throughout, and what happened between him and Leah (Renee’s cousin). This was an enjoyable light read with a happy ending. I laughed quite a few times throughout.
“She’d have gone to church anyway; it was the one place
where she never felt out of place, never felt overlooked,
never wanted to hide.”