Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg.
Daniella Bolton’s fiancé left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life.
Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancé’s flight return tenfold.
Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?
I love all of Sally’s books and this was no exception. I love Westerns with romance I’ve learned. There’s something about reading about a handsome English lord going to explore the Wild West and to find himself like he never thought he would. A firecracker rancher’s daughter does and doesn’t help. He tries to impress her but she is not. 😅
Dannie has seen smart men show up on the ranch expecting it to be easy. They’re not cut out for the hard work especially after years of drought. The stakes are high- but so is the outcome.
I really loved the sweet romance between Evan and Dannie. They seemed so different but eventually found common ground and became friends.
Sally always had a way with words that I can see the book in my mind and it inspires me to paint scenes. Of course my work never matches but it’s still fun.
I can’t wait to read the next in the series about Frosty! And to see how the ranch is doing.