Ry Morgan has always had a thing for Avery Hayes—one more hope his twin wrecked for him, pretending to be Ry to kiss her at the high school prom. Eight years later, Ry has had enough: he’s quitting the pro rodeo circuit, moving home to California to mend fences, and letting his brother clean up his own messes for a change. Reclaiming Avery’s stolen kiss is at the top of his agenda…
But Avery has changed. Her rodeo career ended with a fall that left her lucky to be alive, let alone walking. She hasn’t been on a horse since, and between surgeries and fighting off everybody’s pity she hasn’t done much else either. Ry is strong, confident, and sexy as hell—exactly what she thought she wanted at seventeen. Now, she’ll have to protect the safe space she’s made for herself—or risk it all for a dream she thought would never come again…
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My Rating: 5/5 stars
Ry Morgan is done! He’s done looking after his rowdy twin, HW, he’s done traveling all over the country from rodeo to rodeo, and he’s done feeling guilty about being done. For the first time in a decade, Ry Morgan is going home and he intends to stay.
Going home isn’t quite as hard for Ry as it was for his older brothers, Chase and Blue. Ry’s problem has never been with his dad, but with his mother and since she’s nowhere to be found, settling in is easy to do. Within days, Ry realizes ranching is exactly what he needs to be doing with his life. Life on the ranch is simple, pure work, hard work, and Ry revels in the aching muscles he earns each day. To top it all off, Ry has also been able to connect with Avery Hayes, the girl who stole his heart in high school and has never been replaced.
Avery Hayes isn’t the girl Ry once knew. Just before college, she survived a tragic accident that left her body nearly destroyed and in need of multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy. Though Avery has put in the hard work, she’s left with both physical and mental scars that have kept her from truly moving forward with her life. Her job at her family’s hotel is satisfying, but she’s capable of so much more and it isn’t until she takes on the Morgan wedding that she truly begins to spread her wings. As a bonus, Avery has reconnected with Ry Morgan, a man who pushes her boundaries, makes her feel safe, challenges her, and cares deeply for her.
As the weeks go by, both Ry and Avery face challenges they never expected. Ry’s brothers are actively looking for his mother and younger sister which dredges up memories and emotions best left in the past. Additionally, for the first time in a decade Ry is separated from his twin brother which causes him more anxiety than he would like to admit. In so many ways, Avery eases his troubles and helps Ry more fully settle into life at home. For Avery, being at the ranch is both exhilarating and terrifying. She loves the work she’s doing and wants to take on more responsibility, but being near the horses is emotionally draining. At every turn, Ry encourages Avery and helps her overcome a deep-seated fear that has kept her paralyzed for years. As the two help one another, a deep and abiding love years in the making blossoms.
The Bottom Line: Holy hot cowboys, I am loving this series!!! The Morgan Ranch series gets better with each installment and Ry’s story is no exception. Of the Morgan boys, Ry’s story is by far the most tragic as events with his mother come to light and he deals with the very real possibility of seeing her again. His journey would be far, far harder were it not for Avery who stands by him through thick and thin. Avery and Ry together are about as perfect as it gets. Though they face a few bumps in the road, there isn’t any huge, relationship-ending drama with these two and I found that to be quite refreshing. As always, the characters from past reads make appearances which only serves to enhance the overall story, the dialogue is quick, the naughty bits are delicious and appropriate to the characters/story, and the book specific and series plots are evolving. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, get on it! Kate Pearce is killing it with the Morgan Ranch series and I am stoked to see what happens next.
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