Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
A Love as Wild as the West…
Aubrey Madison is starting over. Leaving Los Angeles and everything behind except the scars of her ruined past, Bree sets out for cowboy country. Now she has a new home, a new job—and a new worry: the ruggedly sexy rancher who makes her long for things she shouldn’t…
Rough and tumble cattleman Max Jameson has broken wild stallions and faced angry bulls. Yet the redheaded city cupcake who turned up at the High Heather Ranch might be his undoing. Bree has a plan to rescue the ranch from foreclosure that’s just crazy enough to work. But will Max gamble his future on a beautiful stranger?
Nothing Sweeter is an enjoyable romance filled with humor, drama and romance. The author writes about the west and real life problems with all its pitfalls and hope, and although it is part of a series this story easily stands alone.
Aubrey Madison (Bree Tanner) is seeking a new life, away from the disaster in California and also away from her mom’s hovering. She recently was let out of prison and even though they exonerate her, she wears the scars both emotionally and physically. Looking for a place to find herself again, she reads a want ad while eating at yet another diner in Steamboat, Colorado and for some reason, it feels right.
Max Jameson owns the High Heather Ranch, a working ranch that seems to be falling on hard times. His father recently died and his brother Wyatt has come back to help. Max and Wyatt have not seen much of each other since Wyatt left years ago but they welcome the chance to get reacquainted. Max hires Bree and although is curious about her background, he can find no fault with her work. As she immerses herself in the ranch she realizes there is a niche that could be filled and proposes a business that could help them all, Total Bull is born and Fire Ant is their unimpressive mascot, yet trouble comes when secrets are revealed and trust is lost.
I really enjoyed this story, it is the first book by Ms. Drake that I have read, but it will not be my last. I love how she weaves the relationships between the characters so thoughtfully. Wyatt and Max, although not having seen each other in years, seem to have a wonderful relationship. I did have problems with Max’ inability to acknowledge or understand Wyatt, but I also know that he wanted things to be easy, and accepting Wyatt and his partner was not trouble-free. Bree is also a wonderful character, I love heroines that when troubled just go about their business, yet quietly pushing their way into the lives of those around them, she is unassuming, yet it did not take much time for others to love her and accept her without knowing where she came from, well everyone except Max who was grumpy and surly. Their relationship grows slowly but with passion and chemistry and there are many hot scenes shared.
The story moves along nicely as we get to know Bree and find out what happened, she is truly a victim and seems to rise above, it but it still holds her back and it takes Wyatt and a wealthy socialite to make her see her worth. I really can’t say enough about Wyatt and how pivotal he is to the story, I absolutely loved him, and his relationship with Juan seems to say it all, they have a passion that even apart, is telling. The author wove humor as well as angst into the story, we can’t forget Fire Ant and the impression he made at the Bull Riding events. I know that the next story revolves around the rodeo and hope we see a few of the characters that we met here in the future. All in all a wonderful contemporary romance that features the west in all its glory.
I give Nothing Sweeter by Laura Drake 4.25 stars!