Author: Sally Britton
Series: Hearts of Arizona #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: March 1, 2021
Publisher: Pink Citrus Books
The last thing Dannie needs is a Victorian gentleman on her ranch, playing cowboy while she’s trying to save her family’s livelihood. Will high stakes and high emotions lead to heartbreak?
Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg.
Daniella Bolton’s fiancé left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life.
Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancé’s flight return tenfold.
Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?
Rating: Moderate. Mild substance use; mild kissing; non-graphic sexual references; mild (nonsexual) violence or horror.
I love it when authors branch out and try something different! A Victorian gentleman on an Arizona ranch is definitely unique but Sally hits it out of the park! This is such a fantastic story about finding your own path instead of living the one chosen for you. The romance is sweet, the story is an adventure, and the epilogue is perfection!
I just finished listening to the audio version of the book. It was so well done. And hearing the story for my second reading, I loved it even more than the first time. Highly recommend. Book review below.
I love Sally Britton’s Regency England romances so it was fun to read her first historical American western with a touch of England added. I loved that “Duke” was willing to work so hard to prove himself and make his own dreams come true. And I loved his ability to keep calm under pressure. I loved that though Dannie has the ability to be a lady she works as hard as the men to make their ranch profitable despite setbacks from the weather. They are both hard working and determined to succeed.
This was an enjoyable read. I couldn’t tell how a happily ever after was going to take place since it just didn’t seem possible but I had pretty much decided how it could work out. I was wrong so the ending surprised me. Loved this one and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Sex: a few kisses
Violence: a little fisticuff action
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.