by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #2
Published by Avon Impulse on August 4, 2015
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I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss.
Sometimes two wrongs can make a right...
Bad boy wrangler Archer Kane lives fast and loose. Words like responsibility and commitment send him running in the opposite direction. Until a wild Vegas weekend puts him on a collision course with Eden Bankcroft-Kew, a New York heiress running away from her blackmailing fiancé…the morning of her wedding.
Eden has never understood the big attraction to cowboys. Give her a guy in a tailored suit any day of the week. But now all she can think about is Mr. Rugged Handsome, six-feet of sinfully sexy country charm with a pair of green eyes that keeps her tossing and turning.
Archer might be the wrong guy for a woman like her, but she's not right in thinking he'll walk away without fighting for her heart. And maybe, just maybe, two wrongs can make a right.
Note: This is book #2 in the Brightwater series and I strongly recommend reading book #1 first in order to enjoy the unfolding story fully.
Man, I loved this book.
When I started it, I was a little leery when I realized that the hero, Archer Kane, is a self-confessed manwhore. Generally, I stay away from characters like him, but I adored the first book in this series (Last First Kiss), so I knew I wanted to keep reading. I’m so glad I did.
Archer is the brother of Sawyer, the hero in Last First Kiss. Archer’s a bit of a wild child–he’s got quite a reputation in town for being a ladies’ man, as well as someone with a devil-may-care attitude about life in general. When Archer wakes up in Vegas after an excessively wild night, he starts to think that maybe it’s time he put aside his reckless ways.
Did he really want to live out these shallow morning-after scenarios forever like some warped version of Groundhog Day?
While in Vegas, Archer meets Eden Bankcroft-Kew, an heiress from New York who has just discovered that her fiancé has been cheating on her. She learns this just in the nick of time–on the morning of their wedding day, just in time to call off the wedding.
When Eden meets Archer, she realizes he’s headed back to his hometown of Brightwater, which is where Eden’s cousin Quincy (also from the first book) now lives. Archer agrees to let her ride along with him.
“I’m glad we crossed paths. You’re the right guy at the wrong time.”
“Usually I’m the wrong guy at the right time.”
I wasn’t prepared for how much I’d grow to like Archer as a character throughout this book. In the beginning, he comes across as cocky and charming, but without much depth. As he and Eden (aka Edie aka Freckles) grow closer, his best qualities are brought to the surface. She has that effect on him.
When Eden moves to Brightwater, she wants to leave her awful ex behind and start fresh. Even after her ex attempts to blackmail her, she refuses to be defeated. She reinvents herself as Edie Banks and follows her dream of opening a bakery/coffee shop. Most of the residents in town accept and welcome her–although she does hit a couple of bumps along the way.
Edie and Archer are worlds apart in terms of their lifestyles. Edie has lived her life on the upper crust of New York society, always prim and proper. Archer is a cowboy who has never committed to much in life, especially not to a single woman. On the surface, they seem utterly incompatible, but the simple truth is that they’re perfect for each other.
The romance in this book is volcanic. Edie tries to resist her feelings for Archer at first, but then she decides to follow her heart. I think it’s that initial slow burn that makes their chemistry so off-the-charts. And have I mentioned how amazing Archer turns out to be? Seriously, he’s in the running for one of my favorite heroes of 2015.
High time to stop running away from responsibility and see what he was made of. Instead of living up to his reputation, he’d create a new one.
Edie truly transforms over the course of the story. In the beginning, she’s insecure and unsure of herself as well as the sincerity of other people. As she becomes more comfortable in Brightwater–making new friends in addition to falling for Archer–she learns to trust her instincts and open herself up to the possibility of so many good things in life. Before coming to town, Edie/Eden’s life lacked color and passion. She went through the motions but didn’t really feel alive. In this small town, falling in love, she’s discovering who she really is–and she likes the person she sees.
“You deserve nothing but the best life has to offer. And in the future, if you ever need me, don’t hide–tell me and I’ll be there. I’ll always be there.”
I highly and completely recommend this book. It put such a good feeling in my heart while reading it. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Rating: 5 stars