My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Awe, what a sweet story! This story went in a whole other way than I had excepted! If you love those family oriented stories , I know a perky lil’ 4 year old that’ll melt your heart like cotton candy.
Loneliness Will Take a Man Places...
Jesse Garahan has plenty of Irish charm, but having had his heart demolished twice, he's sworn off women forever. Until the fateful day he meets Danielle Brockway and her tiny daughter on their way to their new home in Pleasure, Texas.
But There May Be Places He Doesn't Want To Go...
Fiercely protective of her little girl, Danielle isn't about to let Jesse get anywhere close enough to hurt either of them, no matter how much longing she sees in his eyes...
Jesse’s story starts off with Jesse headed to town – We remember all that has gone on in the previous books – The Ranch was saved, but the bills still piled up.
Tyler and Emily, and Dylan and Ronnie are happy as ever, and it’s giving Jesse a headache. Sure he’s happy for his brothers, Ronnie and Emily are great. He loves having them out on the Ranch – Who wouldn’t, they’re great at keeping the hole in their belly full and their laundry, line fresh clean.
So here’s Jesse headed to town, when he sees a car off to the side of the road steaming from under the hood, and a Curvy compact jean-clad blonde opening the hood. When he noticed the rag in her hand, he knew she was going to hurt herself –
Whipping the car in a perfect one-eighty, Jesse jumped out of the truck and grabbed the lady’s arm and pulled her out of harm’s way.
He was just about ready to read her the Riot Act, when he heard “Mommy?”
Looking down, he noticed a pint-sized cowgirl staring up at him. Not much surprised Jesse, but the little bit of a thing, no bigger than a fairy, was wearing pink-from the top of her head to the soles of her feet-and stood out like a swirl of cotton candy at the county fair.
“Are you a good guy or a bad guy?” She asked him..
Jesse wasn’t sure what to say. He had intended to get mad at the woman foolish enough to open the cap of her overheated radiator while she stood in front of it, but instead here he was staring down at the tiniest, pink cowgirl he’d ever seen.
“He’s a good guy, honey” The woman said.
“But he gots a black hat-Gramma says good guys wear white hats.”
Jesse couldn’t help but chuckle. (Can you blame him!? HOW CUTE!)
Ah! So this lil’ filly has a way of worming into Jesse’s heart before he could even get back in his truck and drive off.
She is just so full of life and questions. Lacy and her mother Danielle just seemed to fit.
After finding out that Danielle was Jimmy Sullivan’s niece – he was a little nervous. When Jesse was a kid, he and his brother’s got caught stealing a pie from the Sullivan’s Diner. He had avoided any contact with him since then. And he hoped that was something that was long forgotten.
Giving these two girls a ride to the diner and dropping them off before heading over to the Dawson’s store to pay a little more of of what they owed, Lil’ Lacy asked him if he’d teach her to ride a horse.
Jesse couldn’t help but except and told them he’d come out to pick them up tomorrow after his chores at the Ranch were finished.
And he was excited to see both of them again.
That night after chores were finished, Jesse got a phone call from a friend of his, Slim, telling him he got hurt racing his car and needed someone to fill in for him until he could get back on the track.
If you remember from I think it was Dylan’s story, Jesse had mentioned something about wanting to be a race car driver… it was something he’d wanted to do since he was a teenager. So when this once in a lifetime dream come true came, he wasn’t going to say no. Not only was Jesse going to Race, but the money he’d earn after winning would be a big help towards the Ranch’s finances. He’d finally be able to help out his brother’s.
Needing to keep up with the “Code” , he went over to the diner to leave a note for Danielle and Lacy, explaining that something came up and he would come out the next day instead.
But due to a gust of wind, the note was never seen : (
This book is great! I love the involvement Ronnie and Emily had in helping things along. The girls got a long great with Danielle, and everyone fell in love with Lacy as soon as they saw her.
With trying to fit in time between working the Ranch, and Driving on the track, Jesse’s trying to win the hearts of two of the best things that could have ever happened to him.