No Better Man (Heart of the Rockies #1)
Grand Central Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital
When it comes to business, Avery King always comes out on top. So after a very public breakup, work is the perfect excuse to flee the Windy City for the gentle breezes of Aspen, Colorado. Her mission: acquire the land of a rundown mountain ranch. Avery expects an easy win . . . until she meets the rugged and irresistible rancher who won't give up his property without a fight.
Bryce Walker is stunned by the stubborn beauty determined to get what she wants. But what she wants is his last connection to the life he used to have. Bryce has plans to return the ranch to its former glory and no way will he sell his family home. Yet the more time he spends with Avery, the more her sweet touch makes him forget his painful memories. Now Bryce must decide whether living in the past is worth losing his future...
Ahhh, small-town America, where the living is easy and romance heroes don’t wear suits unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town
Now she’s small town just like me
No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from
I cannot forget the people who love me
Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town
And people let me be just what I want to be.
Those John Mellencamp lyrics kept running through my head when I was thinking about Sara Richardson’s debut, No Better Man. Our hero, Bryce Walker, embodies what I picture when you tell me small-town and Rocky Mountains. In a word, rugged. He looks good in jeans and a flannel shirt. He drives a big ‘ol truck and yes, as a matter of fact, there is a dog riding in the back. He works with his hands and knows what do to do with them when the workshop gets traded for the bedroom, or in one case, the cab of his Ford F-450.