Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review of Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch (Valentine Valley #6) by Emma Cane

"Go to sleep, darlin'. We have all the time in the world." - Will Sweet

Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch
Series: Valentine Valley # 6
Author: Emma Cane
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Source: Edelweiss

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The only thing hotter than a cowboy...

Math teacher Lyndsay De Luca never surprised anyone-least of all herself-until this summer. First, she secretly published her debut romance novel. Then she started dating Will Sweet, the cowboy of her dreams. And now Lyndsay’s scrambling to hide the juiciest tidbit of all: that the hazel-eyed hero of her steamy fiction is the same guy whose kisses have become her mind-blowing reality.

Is a cowboy in love.

Ever since Will’s high school sweetheart died in a tragic accident, he hasn’t been able to commit to a long-term relationship. Lyndsay is the first woman in years who’s been able to catch-and keep-his attention. She’s fascinated by his work at Sweetheart Ranch, and a glance from her gorgeous brown eyes sends Will’s thoughts wandering. Will she be the one to finally break down the walls around his guarded heart?

Welcome back to Valentine Valley, Colorado!

Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch, the sixth book in Emma Cane's Valentine Valley series, left me with some mixed emotions. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I adore this series and although the one left me wanting more, I still loved re-visiting this crazy little town. Because it left me with jumbled emotions, I'm going to do another bullet-style review focusing on the four aspects of the book that stood out to me the most: characters, relationship, the widows, and the plot.

  • Characters: I loved the characters! Sigh... Poor Will. The death of his high school sweetheart left him so wounded. He blames himself for her death and believes that he doesn't deserve a loving marriage with children, things that she can never have. It takes a lot for Will to break down the wall that surrounded his heart, but once he admits that he's ready to take the chance, he's able to imagine a future with the love of his life. Lyndsay did something I could never do... She knew what she wanted and went for it knowing that her heart could get broken when all was said and done. There's a lot to be said about her determination, not just to become a published author, but also to show Will how much she loves him and is there for him, even if it means having her heart stomped on when they break up.
  • Relationship: The relationship between Will and Lyndsay left me wanting more. I went into the book knowing that their relationship was going to be brief for two reasons. Will avoids commitment and Lyndsay goes into it knowing that it can end at any moment. With that said, I still would have loved more time with them as a couple.
  • The Widows: Yes!! I freaking loved the widows in this book. I am so glad that we finally learn more about the feud between Grandma Sweet and Mrs. Thalberg. I loved watching them battle in the election. These ladies must have been little spitfires as teenagers. A prequel with them would be amazing.
  • Plot: I loved the overall plot. I adore friends-to-lovers romances that take place in small towns with crazy and meddling old women. My issue with the plot is with the pacing of the book. There is a lot happening in the book and, because of the fast pace, I'm pretty sure that this was why I wanted more of the relationship. In all honesty, it almost felt as if the actual relationship didn't have as much focus in the book as I would have liked. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch. It was a fantastic addition to the Valentine Valley series. I just had a couple minor issues with the book that left me with some mixed emotions about the story.

Emma Cane grew up reading and soon discovered that she liked to write passionate stories of teenagers in space. Her love of “passionate stories” has never gone away, although today she concentrates on the heartwarming characters of Valentine, her fictional small town in the Colorado Rockies.

Now that her three children are grown, Emma loves spending time crocheting and singing (although not necessarily at the same time), and hiking and snowshoeing alongside her husband Jim and two rambunctious dogs Apollo and Uma.

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  1. Thanks so much for your honest and generous review. You've given me something to think about, and I appreciate that!