My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From the winner of the XOXO Connects flash fiction contest comes a story about an uber-focused executive knocked off her stride by a riding accident and then swept off her feet when she least expects it!
Alejandra Barros doesn’t know the meaning of failure until fate pulls the rug right out from under her Louboutin stilettos.
Board of Directors’ meetings, corporate takeovers, and jet setting around the globe don’t allow for much of a personal life—and even Ali’s limited free time is dedicated to her beloved horses, show jumping at a championship level. When a freak riding accident shatters her wrist and messes with her confidence at work, her boss mandates a month-long hiatus. If she wants to save her career, she has no choice but to go.
Pebble Creek Lodge is not far from Denver, but the high-end retreat might as well be a world away from the frenzied pace of Manhattan. From the moment she arrives, Ali feels so out of place she’s practically ready to skip the whole “required recovery” nonsense and hop on the next plane back to New York. The only thing stopping her is the ranch hand Hank Mathis and his perfectly chiseled abs, which are intriguing and delicious enough to make her linger.
By the time Ali admits she’s in a bit of a funk, not even the moral and physical support of a gorgeous cowboy is enough to bring her back to her old self—especially when the object of her desires is secretly battling his own demons. To get her life back on track, Ali will have to decide what it is she’s really fighting to regain and what it will take to find it—or she’ll risk losing the one thing that could truly make her happy.
*arc provided by the publisher for an honest review*
I liked this book, but yet while I liked it... I'm left kind of meh about some things because there seem to be some small holes. Being someone who was raised in a similar environment to our female character here, I've been where she was. How she got hurt. However, if she's that experienced, I don't understand her reaction. being thrown would have been common in training, especially being that experienced. I know she got really hurt, I'm just surprised. Her reaction leads me to how Hank and Ali met. Did anyone ever tell us why she was really there? Was it PTSD? and she wasn't supposed to keep her pain pills, how did no one ever find them? and how did she take one midweek for pain, but then have the cast removed by Saturday? can you just go in and request a cast be removed without a doctor giving the okay? moving on from there, if someone messed with or stole a sign in/out page from the resort, how was that never an issue that was even discussed? or how about that person period. we have updated on every one she interacted with, know where they are or when they went home, except that one person who's the Cruella DeVile of the resort. okay... minor questions. but the big one I was left with was..that was it? we don't event get to know if she's going to stand up to her mom and how she talks to her/treats her? or her ex? or if she does for sure keep the job? or if it works out? speaking of job.. they give her required time away but then offer her a position of a whole new location without even seeing if she was back in the saddle fully, after she made so many 'mistakes'? I don't get it. see what I mean. I'm left with some major questions.
if I ignore the questions I have after reading and just focus on the romance between Hank and Ali, I did like the story. I liked how she captured his attention, how he pushed and supported her, her friendships with the other residents , the fair, etc etc. it was sweet, romantic and cute how their relationship progressed. though we had no proclamations of love, and we do hit a few bumps, out love birds do have great chemistry.
I think this was a good book. something you would sit with a cup of hot cocoa, snuggled up in a blanket and pass some time reading.
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