Title: Lone Heart Pass
Publish Date: April 26, 2016
Book Blurb: Where family bonds are made and broken, and where young love sparks as old flames grow dim, Ransom Canyon is ready to welcome—and shelter—those who need it
With a career and a relationship in ruins, Jubilee Hamilton is left reeling from a fast fall to the bottom. The run-down Texas farm she's inherited is a far cry from the second chance she hoped for, but it and the abrasive foreman she's forced to hire are all she's got.
Every time Charley Collins has let a woman get close, he's been burned. So Lone Heart ranch and the contrary woman who owns it are merely a means to an end, until Jubilee tempts him to take another risk—to stop resisting the attraction drawing them together despite all his hard-learned logic.
Desperation is all young Thatcher Jones knows. And when he finds himself mixed up in a murder investigation, his only protection is the shelter of a man and woman who—just like him—need someone to trust.
Thatcher is the real star of the show and the murder investigation that he gets tangled up in. His story is one of a child that didn't get tossed into the system but should have been. He's basically raising himself until Charley gives him a chance.
I loved Charley. He's a guy that trouble follows even though he isn't necessarily looking for it. There's so much about him that's messed up, from having custody of his daughter, to screwing his dad's 3rd wife, and thus being kicked off his ranch without a dime...the list goes on. But even though he has a black cloud following him, he loves his daughter and you can see, he's coming to love Jub, even though that wasn't part of his plan.
Jubilee is just as messed up, coming from a family that thinks she doesn't measure up to her sister, and originally having a job she wasn't as good at as she thought she was. That's how she ended up at her Grandfather's ranch and she wants to make a go at it because it was the place she felt was "home."
Like I said this book is about more than just these central characters. There's the sheriff's daughter and her friend Tim. The get involved in the murder investigation and more so when the sheriff is shot. I really liked Lauren and Tim and I have to say, I wanted them to become a couple, but that wasn't meant to be.
Ms Thomas really knows how to weave a complex story with multiple characters that all meld together. It's several stories within a story.
Rating: 4 flowers