TRUE LOVE AT SILVER CREEK RANCH
There’s just something about Valentine Valley — whether it’s the eccentric inhabitants, the warm welcome or the air of romance. Cane brings together the town tomboy, the former bad boy and the denizens of an aged boarding house for a charming read that’s perfect to ring in the New Year.
Former Marine Adam Desantis is back in town, as sexy as ever, and trying to find a way to deal with the guilt left over from his last mission. He’s come home to check on his aging grandmother, not start a relationship — even if the hometown girl he rescues from a barn fire is more beautiful now than she was as a teen. Cowgirl Brooke Thalberg was never one of the throngs of girls who fell all over the former high school football star, but she does need a new cowboy to help out on the family ranch. However, the moment their eyes lock, Adam and Brooke find their resolutions to remain unattached are ready to go out the window. Will Brooke help Adam with his haunting memories of war and loss, and can Adam be the kind of man Brooke needs? Thankfully the residents of Valentine Valley are always willing to lend a hand, whether they’re rebuilding a barn or igniting a romance. (AVON, Jan., 384 pp., $5.99)