Adam Campbell returns to his ranch in Riverbend, Texas, after a movie stunt goes wrong, seriously injuring him. He settles in to heal at his family’s ranch, where his four brothers train stunt horses and do stunt riding for movies, as Adam had before he’d moved to Hollywood.
He’s stunned to find Bailey Farrell working there–Bailey was the shy girl who’d helped Adam graduate from high school so he could run off to be in movies. Except the budding Bailey, with whom Adam had a brief but intense affair, has blossomed into a beautiful woman.
Now Adam is beaten-up, broken-down, and has lost his nerve, since the stunt that injured him killed his best friend. When he’s challenged by his rival to a contest of riding feats, the only person he can turn to is Bailey, who helped him once before.
Will Bailey, who has also come to Riverbend to lick her wounds after a life as a software tech in Austin and a painful divorce, be willing to help him again?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved this book. Adam is Jennifer Ashley’s first contemporary romance and it is as wonderful as her other books. Even though Adam is not an alpha shifter or and alpha laird, he is very much an alpha male. He is, however, damaged if not broken. It is up to his first love, Bailey, to prove he is still as strong as he ever was.
As with all her books, the couples are both strong characters. They both have something the other needs and manage to work out their differences.
I am pleased that the next book is about Grant. I really want to hear his and Christina’s story.
I am very, very pleased that there is not a long wait between books. According to the author’s website, all of the books will be published this year . . . and I will be preordering them as soon as they become available.