The heart of Kennedy’s latest cowboy saga is a mix of horses, small towns and moving on. The novel fails in places, with flat characters and a conflict between the main characters that feels manufactured.
Sarah Landon brushed the dirt of Wyoming off her boots years ago and remade herself as a poised professional. Now, back in her home state, her new boss tells her that she’s got to convince his bull-riding brother to allow drilling on the family land. Lane has no interest in oil wells, but the Ivy League Sarah intrigues him. Soon they are entangled in an impossible relationship. The half-truths she has told come back to haunt her when Sarah is forced to return to her hometown to campaign for oil drilling. She will have to acknowledge her past and face her fears to accept the love of her cowboy. (SOURCEBOOKS, Jun., 384 pp., $6.99)