Cord Hollister is a true cowboy at heart. As a man who has devoted his life to training horses under the big skies of Montana, he thrives on the stability of ranch life. But when a girl arrives in Painted Pony Creek with a shocking secret, Cord’s orderly life is upended. She’s the spitting image of the first woman who broke his heart—a woman he hasn’t seen in years—and he’ll do whatever he can to help her. He just can’t do it alone…
Shallie Fletcher left heartbreak where it belongs—in the past. And she’s done everything she can to reinvent herself and move on. But when an opportunity arises to partner with a therapeutic riding program for kids, Shallie can’t resist seeking out Cord for lessons. Back in school, he was the crush she couldn’t forget, even though he only had eyes for her best friend. Seeing him now floods her with memories…and fills her with hope. Could the one who got away be the one who stays?
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Cord, Eli and J.P have been best friends since they were children except for that short period of time as teenagers when unknown to each other they were all dating the same girl, Reba. When the truth was revealed Reba left town and after some hard feelings they mended their relationship. Years later Carly, a teenager, shows up in town and claims that Reba is her mother and that one of them is her father.
Shallie was friends with the three men when she was in high school but her feelings for Cord ran deeper which was further complicated by the fact that Reba was her best friend. Her mother disappeared when she was two years old and she was raised by her aunt and uncle so when her relationship with Colt didn’t materialize she left town at her first opportunity.
Almost two decades later she is back to town to learn horsing skills from Colt. This time around both Colt and Shallie have feelings for each other, but they have both been burnt by love in the past. Will this be a case of history repeating itself or is it finally their time?
There were a lot of moving parts in this story maybe too many at times. I was drawn to the characters and am looking forward to Eli and J.P.’s stories.