Title: Stolen Away
Author: Jennie Marts
Series: Hearts of Montana #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 26th Sept
Elusive charmer Cash Walker is a tough-as-nails cowboy, except when it comes to the shy woman who shows up with a pretty smile, a wounded spirit, and a goat riding shotgun in her passenger seat.
Recently divorced from an abusive husband, Emma Frank has come home to Broken Falls, Montana. Lost, alone, and unable to escape the bullying tactics of her ex-brothers-in-law, she finds solace and friendship at the Tucked Away farm and with the handsome cowboy who believes in her and who helps her find her own courage.
There’s a darkness in Cash’s past that’s kept him from ever letting anyone get too close, but he can’t seem to stay away from Emma, who seems to be the one to finally break through his tough exterior and steal this cowboy’s heart.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Select Contemporary via NetGalley
This is a lovely cowboy romance about healing and finding solace after dark times. Cash is a wonderful hero, full of patience and sexiness, while Emma’s growing strength was great to read.
After everything Emma had been through it was easy to see why she’d be drawn to Cash – and not just because he’s gorgeous. I loved how different he was to what she’d experienced before. He is almost the complete opposite of her husband in every way. I will admit that the speed of their relationship did seem a little unlikely, especially with how jumpy she was at the start. They are cute together, but the way speed with which she trusts him was a little fast for me.
Cash is lovely, though somewhat haunted by his issues. I liked the almost-inevitable way he fell for Emma and the way he tried to fight his deepening feelings with very little success. Regardless of his bad boy reputation, he’s a complete marshmallow and I loved how he saw everything Emma was and all that she could be.
Overall I really enjoyed this. Perhaps the speed with which these two grow closer was a little unbelievable, but the pair of them are so good together that I can mostly forgive it. Dark themes are dealt with, and it never shies away from the conflict and brutality of domestic abuse, but it has warmth and humour and friendship and love as well to balance it out. Plus kittens – because everything really is better with kittens.
Stolen Away is out September 26th.
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