Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Maverick's Summer Love - Christyne Butler (HSE #2275 - Aug 2013)

Series: Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys (Book 2)

Rust Creek Ramblings

The Great Montana Flood has brought all sorts of interesting menfolk to Rust Creek Falls. At the Ace in the Hole, they're all talking about hunky out-of-towner Dean Pritchett. They say the green-eyed carpenter from Thunder Canyon is in town to help rebuild the elementary school. But we've got the inside scoop!

Rumor has it that Dean has a special interest in our Shelby Jenkins. Yes, that Shelby Jenkins -- the single mom who found herself in a "family way" back in high school. She's been fending off the town gossip forever, but Dean actually got into a fistfight trying to defend her honor! Sweet Shelby fears his love won't last. Just what are your intentions, Mr. Maverick?

Very good book.  Shelby is a single mother who got pregnant in high school and then trash talked by the father of the baby.  She has worked very hard to give her daughter a good life.  She has earned her college degree as a teacher and would like nothing more than to leave the gossipy town behind.  She meets Dean while working her job as a bartender.  Because of her past she is very wary around men.  As much as she is drawn to him she has no plans to get involved with another man.  I really loved her independence and how she took charge of her life.  She has also learned to deal with the haters.  She fully expects Dean to leave her alone after he hears the gossip about her and is surprised when he doesn't.  I loved the slow building of their relationship and how Shelby finally accepts that she is worth loving.  I also liked seeing her finally stand up for herself to one of the worst of the gossips.

Dean and his brother have come to Rust Creek Falls to help out with the rebuilding.  Dean is a very quiet kind of guy.  He had health problems as a kid and spent a lot of time alone becoming something of a bookworm.  Many times he'd rather stay home and read instead of going out.  One one of those rare nights out he sees Shelby as she's working at the bar.  He is immediately smitten.  Dean is usually pretty cautious after having been hurt by a woman pretending that her baby was his.  There's something about Shelby and little Caitlyn that fills the void in him.  I love the way that Dean doesn't let the gossip influence him he just gets to know Shelby as she is..  He doesn't really push Shelby he is just there for her all the time.  It doesn't take long for him to want them in his life forever and he starts to look at a permanent move to Rust Creek Falls.  I really loved his thoughtfulness, not just with Shelby, but with so many others also.  

For all that the town is gossipy and into everyone else's business, they are also there to help out when it is needed.  I love all the flood help going on and also how everyone steps up when Caitlyn is missing.

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