Chase is back in his hometown. Helping his dad with his veterinary practice is high on his list. So is being with the lovely Lauren West. Years ago, he found a unique way to bind them together. Now all he has to do is prove to her that he’s the right man to spend the rest of her life with.
In this first book of the West Series we meet Lauren West. Lauren is the responsible, level-headed, older sister of Alexis and Hailey. She’s also in charge of running her family’s ranch after the untimely death of her father. Running a ranch is hard enough, but add in the fact that Lauren’s father was in debt to his two best friends doesn’t make things any easier for our young heroine. In steps Lauren’s childhood friend Chase Graham. Chase has had a thing for Lauren for as long as he can remember, and seeing her struggle just kills him. So he makes her a business proposition…he’ll give her the money she needs to save her ranch if she marries him. In an act of desperation, Lauren accepts and the two marry in a super-secret ceremony that no one ever knows about. Lauren is able to save her ranch, and Chase has tied himself to the woman he loves just in time for him to leave for college. Fast forward seven years later, Chase moves back home with the intentions of winning Lauren over and making their marriage real instead of just a business deal. But Lauren isn’t having any part of it. She doesn’t want to be considered anyone’s charity case and has worked hard over the past seven years to pay Chase back so they can get divorced. But with Chase around all the time, Lauren soon realizes her true feelings for him and finds herself wanting this marriage to be the real deal.
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the characters, sharp dialogue, and the story very much. Lauren is such a hard-working, loving person, but I did find myself mentally bashing her for being so darn stubborn when it came to Chase. She just wouldn’t let the guy catch a break :) Chase is such a sweet-heart, and so darn sexy. I just loved him!
The story that unfolds for Lauren and Chase is truly wonderful and completely heartfelt, with some unexpected added suspense/action thrown in. Although I enjoyed that added bit of suspense/action, I really don’t think the novel needed it. It was a solid read without that, but of course that’s just my personal reader opinion. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy contemporary romances.
I purchased this book for my own reading enjoyment. I was in no way compensated for this review. These thoughts are my own and are no way influenced by others. Thank you!