Set in the late 1800's, Ellie's character is out of the ordinary. She's a free-spirited girl who lives impulsively, does what she likes and says whatever she likes. No sugar-coating. No trying to be like the norm of that time and become a charming housewife.
Add to that a dash of dark, brooding, mysterious and handsome with the name Thomas Sheenan, a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. Putting these two together, fireworks are bound to go all over the place.
I could connect with Ellie on a couple of levels. I'm a bold, impulsive and straightforward person. I tend to say what I'm thinking, even when it's probably going to come out all wrong. I don't mind what people think of me either. I just want to do my thing and enjoy my life. And I felt that Ellie was the same on all those accounts.
"She ground her teeth together, forcing a smile, aware her strong personality rubbed some the wrong way, and yet she didn't try to be offensive, she just wanted to be herself. But people loved having opinions and they loved to judge."
But I didn't see eye to eye with Ellie on everything. She seemed like such a strong-minded, confident person. At least before she started begging - pretty out of the blue, in my opinion - to Thomas for his help. I thought she'd put more effort into finding other solutions first, trying other ways to save her father's legacy, the ranch.
Jane Porter's writing style was fluent to say the least. I actually read this book in a couple of hours, walking around with my phone - I'm still desperately waiting for my Kindle to arrive - while doing chores or just moving from one reading spot to the other. I didn't want to stop reading. Just couldn't either.
I was completely and utterly lost in the romance Porter created by putting two head-strong characters together and watching the passion unfold.
I really enjoyed the story, but just felt like sometimes things progressed just a tad too quickly. If the relationship between Ellie and Thomas would've developed a little more slowly, letting that sexual tension build up some more before walls began to crumble... That would've made it perfect for me!
Apart from that, I really loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves romance with a sensual spin to it or feels like a quick, light read.
This book is getting a 4/5! And I'm definitely going to take a closer look to her other books - she has plenty! - and add them to my TBR.
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I won this book by joining the Early Reviewers Community on LibraryThing and participating to June's batch of books. This is my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)