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Dan Brigman may not lead the most exciting life, but he's proud of what he's achieved: he's a respected lawman, and he's raised a bright, talented daughter on his own. But finding a lone, sparkly blue boot in the middle of a deserted highway gets him thinking maybe the cowgirl who lost it is exactly the shake-up he needs.
After losing her baby girl, Brandi Malone felt like her soul died along with her daughter. Now singing in small-town bars to make ends meet, she's fine being a drifter until a handsome sheriff makes her believe that parking her boots under his bed is a better option.
College grad Lauren Brigman has just struck out on her own in downtown Dallas when a troubling phone call leads her back home to Crossroads. Her hometown represents her family, friends and deepest hopes, but also her first love, Lucas Reyes. Will Lauren's homecoming be another heartbreak, or a second chance for her and Lucas?
I have to tell you that this is the fifth installment in the Ransom Canyon series, but this is the first one I've read. It's actually the first Jodi Thomas book I've read but it certainly won't be the last because I found her to be as entertaining as authors such as Delores Fossen, Lori Wilde, and Linda Lael Miller so if you are looking for similar styles of contemporary romance that isn't raunchy and overt, this is a great book to add to your to be read pile!
It's a few love stories in one, always appreciated. We have Dan (the sheriff) who isn't so much a loner but he's not busy with the ladies. Enter Brandi, a singer with a troubled past, not ready to settle down. They meet and Dan falls for her but he knows she isn't ready to be tied down so they kind of hit a crossroads. Dan's daughter, Lauren, has moved away to basically find herself and hopefully become a writer. She's homesick but wants to live in the city. She is also a crossroads. (I have to warn you, this character was incredibly annoying to me because I feel like I would be eye-rolling nonstop if I knew her in real life.)
Then we have Cody.. kind of a bad boy, lots of trouble following him. Lucky for him, there's a beautiful woman who just happens to be out and stumbles across him. She essentially takes him in and almost mothers him but can their romance make it? This romance was far more interesting for me to follow than Dan and Brandi, mostly because Tess just takes over and I just expected Cody to.. not sit in the back seat so much? I don't know, it was kind of strange so I kept reading wondering if this was even going to work out.
Overall, I'd give this a 4 out of 5 stars. It's a solid, entertaining romance read and it's refreshing to not have penises and vaginas flipping out every chapter. I'm not saying I'm against that, I'm very much for that, but it's nice to have just a regular ol' romance filling this niche.