Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Ranch hand Blue Perez’s once simple life is spinning out of control. He’s discovered he has three half-brothers, and they’re not ready to accept his claim on the ranch. Also, Blue’s girlfriend may have betrayed him in the worst way possible. And after one evening of drowning his sorrows at the bar, there’s someone he can’t get out of his mind, a woman who says she’s carrying his child.
Following a night of breathtaking passion in the arms of a man who now rules her dreams, waitress Emily Shiver is contemplating her next step. Blue is determined to be a part of her life, yet she would rather raise the baby on her own. But when she becomes the target of someone’s dark obsession, Emily must let Blue in—to both her heart and her future.
This has been one of my favorite series. I have enjoyed reading about these brothers who have had to deal with the fallout of their father’s death, the secrets that are revealed and the mystery of their sister Cass’ murder. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Wright brings us next.
Ever since Blue Perez found out about his father, he has distanced himself from the Cavanaugh family. He is angry and takes it out on anyone who gets in his way, including his mother and half-brothers. When a night of passion with Emily, a local waitress brings more than amazing memories, they find that together they must deal with an unplanned future.
Emily is working as a waitress getting ready to purchase a place to start her flower business. She is ready to move away from loving, protective parents when she helps a troubled Blue home one night. When she realizes she is pregnant with Blue’s child, she is still determined to move forward, with a few changes. However Blue has different plans and sets about making sure he is part of her life.
A great ending to a series that has kept me engrossed until the end. I have enjoyed the journey from the beginning when we first met these brothers who were scattered, they wanted to be anywhere but the Triple C Ranch with all the hurt associated with the past. Each story has opened up more about this enigmatic family, their secrets and painful memories.
I have been anticipating Blue’s story from the beginning and I was not disappointed. Although each family member shares the painful past, Blue seems to take things the hardest, yet he is not the only one surprised by the news during their father’s funeral. With his hurt, he does not listen to the others and treats his mother poorly, there were definitely times I felt he needed a quick kick to remind him that he is not alone in how he feels. His saving grace is how he treats Emily.
Emily is a sweetheart who is ready to spread her wings, move out of her parent’s house and start her own business. And when she finds herself pregnant after a night with Blue, she relies on her toughness and strength to set her sights on her future whether Blue is there or not.
The two start out as acquaintances, then friends united for their child and eventually their friendship turns to love. They share some hot scenes together, their chemistry is electric and they have a hard time keeping away from each other. Ms. Wright knows how to keep the heat up, writing the scenes they share.
The mystery surrounding the death of their sister Cass several years ago has been an ongoing story arc from the beginning and it is nicely wrapped up but not before there is an altercation, dangerous situations and many questions. Secondary characters play a huge part in this story; many previous characters are featured as their stories have continued throughout the series. I enjoyed Blue’s mother Elena and although their relationship has become rocky, they have a strong foundation of love and trust between then and I was happy with the outcome. It is interesting that throughout the book, the suspicion of who killed Cass is widely known and it is just the proof that is needed and although it was not that mysterious, the writer does a great job of keeping our interests up.
The pace works well, slow and steady as each character works through the various issues still outstanding from the beginning, including the brother’s dysfunctional relationships, Blue and his mother’s problems, and the issues between Blue and Emily. The pace speeds up when they get close to the reveal of the murderer and ends with a satisfying conclusion. This book could be read as a standalone as the writer keeps the reader up to date, yet the entire series is worth the read.
I give Bonded by Laura Wright 4 stars!