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Kay Springsteen grew up in Michigan but transplanted to the south about 10 years ago and now resides in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her five small dogs. Two of her four children live nearby, a married son who has a daughter of his own, and one of her twins. The other twin lives just outside of USMC Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Her oldest daughter still resides in Michigan. When she's not writing, she is transcribing and editing medical reports. Besides being an avid reader, hobbies include photography, gardening, hiking and camping, and of course spending time with her terrific G-baby. She is a firm believer in happily ever after endings and believes there is one out there for everyone; it just may not be exactly what you expect or think you want.
on April 19, 2012 :
From the first time I read the blurb all the way to the clicking onto the last page, I was enchanted by this book. The story is told in the present time with periodic flashbacks to explain what happened seven years before.
This is the story of Ryan McGee and Alexandra 'Sandy' Wheaton who first met across the airwaves of a two way radio during an LA earthquake. He was an emergency responder to a fire and she the emergency dispatcher. When Ryan or'Mick' as Alexandra calls him is trapped under the rubble from the building collapse during an aftershock, Alexandra or 'Angel' as he calls her is the one who stayed on the radio with him to the bitter end- or so she thought.
One of Ryan's wishes is for Sandy to visit Wyoming so when she hears that he died she does just that and puts down roots by buying the local bar and keeping her fiesty horse out at the McGee ranch. Its a small town and the people are just starting to accept her when everyone starts talking about the black sheep Ryan McGee returning home.
Ryan is called back by a troubling letter from his younger brother. It doesn't take long for him to learn that mysterious incidents and 'accidents' are slowly destroying the ranch. Many still blame him for an incident that happened years ago that caused him to leave home so there is little sympathy for his circumstances.
The bright side for Ryan is his immediate attraction to the beautiful sexy bar owner, Sandy, and her attraction for him. Neither of them realize that they are Mick and Angel from seven years ago in LA. Ryan had been searching for his angel from the moment that he recovered from his injuries, but though she promised to wait for him, his angel had disappeared.
This story is a blend of sweet contemporary romance and high drama western. It is interesting that as the reader I was in the know all along that Ryan and Sandy were the ones who had connected seven years earlier. You would think that would make this story predictable and take away some of the build up in the plot, but it just made it more interesting. I kept sighing in frustration when they would miss the opportunities to discover the truth. The moment of truth for both of them was so awesome that I forgave Kay Springsteen for toying with my patience.
The plot and pace were well done. There were two plots going on in the story. There was the romance between the hero and heroine and the ranch feud situation with the McKays which made things pretty tense and also drove the plot along to its nail biting climax. I worked through and guessed several things accurately about the 'who's and 'why's of the story and there were still some surprises.
The characters were extremely likeable from Ryan and Sandy to Justin, Sean, and Mel. The McKay family were not as predictable as they might seem on the surface as the obvious bad guys. Then there were all the minor 'Small Town' characters to fill it all in.
Wonderful Contemporary Western Romance!
(reviewed long after purchase)