Author: Laura Wright
Series: The Cavanaugh Brothers #2
Release Date: October 7, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
For years, James Cavanaugh has traveled the world as a horse whisperer, but even the millions he’s earned hasn’t healed the pain he hides behind his stoic exterior. Forced to tackle old demons at the ranch, James throws himself into work to avoid his true feelings. Until he meets a woman who shakes the foundations of his well-built walls…
Sheridan O’Neil’s quiet confidence has served her well, except when it comes to romance. Tired of rejection, she’s ready to swear off men. But after being rescued from a horse stampede by the most beautiful cowboy she’s ever met, her resolve wavers. Only, as Sheridan uncovers James’s belief that no woman is safe with him, she wonders if such a wounded man could ever give in to love, or if some hearts are too broken to be healed…
Laura Wright is a down right tease and I. LOVE. IT! This series captivated me in book one, consumed me with book two, and left me grasping for book three. James Cavanaugh is a man hiding from life. Or at least from love. Every woman he's loved has met some terrible fate or another. So when he meets Sheridan, the only woman to breathe the life back into him, he fights the attraction. Finds every conceivable excuse to keep his hands off of her. That is, until they've become so wrapped up in this foreplay dance that she gives him no choice but to give in. She tempts him, just as he tempts her. But can she make him believe in love, and come to terms with his past?
James is a straight up, heaven sent, sexy as hell cowboy AKA one of my favorite heroes. Why? The gruff mannerisms, the sweet heart, the undeniably smoking charm and dirty talk. Gotta love it. But James also has his demons. The demons that still follow him to this day. His emotions and hurt just scream out to the reader. Making me desperately want to give him a hug or bake him a cake. Meanwhile, Sheridan is just a tough as nails heroine that can turn a cowboy around in circles until he doesn't know which was is up and can only find his way back to her. These two together played a very heated game of cat and mouse. I almost couldn't stand it. Just when you think they going to toe the line forever, Laura Wright delivers a fair few scorching numbers from the kitchen to the shower to the bed. And good lord these two were inseparable since. I loved it. They just fell together. Until it all comes crashing down.
At the crux of that crash would be the mystery of the Cavanaugh brothers' dear sister, Cass. She's never been avenged and these men will do anything to find out what really happened the night that threw their entire lives into a tailspin. Going on new information James, Cole and Deacon are still hunting every possible lead down. But the tensions rise and those pesky demons are back to haunt James.
I am busting at the seams to know what will happen in Brash (book #3). The series has continued in a flawless manner. While each brother, thus far, as found the woman to steal his heart, each book edges us closer to learning the truth. It's a perfect concoction of romance and mystery. You get the full fledged love story of James and Sheridan, and get a few more puzzle pieces about Cass' last days. I know where I want this series to go, but the lovely devil that is Ms. Wright is not giving ANY hints. We'll know when she's ready, and she's not showing her cards yet. Although the thought of Cass and where this series is going is niggling in the back of my mind, James and Sheridan took front row center while I was reading. I loved every bit of their journey and will expect to see more of their lovely encounters in the upcoming book. I would HIGHLY suggest this book for anyone looking for a riveting read. Really, that's the only requirement. You just have to want to read a terrific book and I'm sure you'll love this one.
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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