This is the first book I've read by the exceptionally talented Jaycee Ford, and it is exceptionally impressive that this caliber of writing is her debut novel. She puts words on the page with a skill level that defies her experience. Jaycee's stories are sweet but with an edge. With this book, she has built relatable characters, who you are genuinely pulling for, as well as an interesting, exciting and sexy story that had me tapping my Kindle screen. I positively devoured this book.
Jordan Hawthorne is a happy woman on the cusp of having it all. She's nailed a coveted teaching position, and she is happily engaged to a gorgeous, wealthy, successful man named Ryan. She has her best friend, Katherine, and her life is moving where she wants it to go. Until she comes home a day early to surprise Ryan, and, much to her horror, she is the one who is surprised. She then sees a side to Ryan that she's never seen before. Anxious, heartbroken and desperately needing a to get away from the constant fear of Ryan that is consuming her life, she flees Charlotte for the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains and a fresh start.
Tom McCloud is a cowboy. He owns a farm, and his two best friends, Lance and Paul work for him. He works hard, long hours, and he plays hard. He doesn't have time for a girlfriend and he isn't looking to settle down. The farm is his first priority. He's a genuinely nice guy; gentlemanly, kind and always willing to lend a hand. His aunt and uncle, the only living relatives he has, own the inn in town, and Tom can often be found there lending a hand. Tom first lays eyes on Jordan at the inn , and their first meeting is very awkward leaving Tom utterly speechless and completely dumbstruck. He's never had a reaction to a woman like that before, and with that one brief encounter, Tom's previous contentment with his bachelor lifestyle starts to evaporate and he's rethinking his single guy status.
"With the promise of something new and fresh in front of me, I grabbed hold..."
Tom and Jordan’s attraction is instant, undeniable and very mutual. The pull towards each other cannot be denied, and their connection is very real. They both feel it and something big is happening for both of them. He knows he wants more from her. Jordan is thrilled to feel excitement at the possibility of Tom, of moving past Ryan, of something new and pure and good. Jaycee’s writing is so descriptive and realistic, I felt that excitement, this connection, and the build up for these characters; I was completely taken in by their whirlwind romance. Unfortunately, Ryan isn’t done with Jordan yet.
”I always get what I want.”
Ryan charges back into Jordan’s life in the most disturbing ways. Frightening information about Ryan comes to light, and Tom is terrified for Jordan. They had quite the ordeal to get through in dealing with Ryan’s madness, but they came out on the other side together and stronger.
I loved this story so much. Jaycee has a masterful ability to tell a story. She can create these characters and places that the reader can’t help but be swept up in. It was a pleasure reading Tom and Jordan’s story, I'm excited about the next books in the series, as well as whatever else the talented Jaycee Ford has in store for her readers.