Author: R.C. Ryan
Series: Copper Creek Cowboys #2
Publisher by: Forever
Published on: January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 385
A love worth fighting for . . .
The last thing widow Juliet Grayson needs is a man in her life. Between caring for her two young sons and maintaining her husband's ranch, her hands are more than full. Then she meets Griff Warren. With his quiet strength and his easy way with her boys, she's tempted to trust him. But if there's anything she's learned, it's that love only leads to heartbreak.
Former Marine Griff Warren never thought he'd settle down. Rebellious and proud, he's always been on his own . . . until the father he never knew he had died, leaving him with land that is his legacy and brothers to share the load. He doesn't need more than that. But Juliet touches something deep inside him-and he wants nothing more than to protect her and her sons. Now if only he can convince her to take a second chance at true love.
Military man turned cowboy is my “book dream” come true. This was my first read from K.C Ryan and it will not be my last. The Rebel of Copper Creek was very sweet and beautifully written love story plus I loved the secondary characters as much as the main ones.
Having lived his life never knowing his father and just growing up he and his mom, Former Marine Griff Warren just gained an entire family. Finding out the his father has died, without ever getting the chance to meet to him, he learns he not only inherited land but brothers. He is not alone after all. This alone would throw any man for a loop but when he meets beautiful, sweet and independent widow Juliet Grayson his life goes in a tailspin.
Juliet Grayson is not looking for love. Not even close….all she is trying to do is stay afloat. After losing her husband, Buddy, she moves from the city to take over caring for his family ranch. Juliet wants to give her boys a small piece of their dad and start a rehab facility for wounded vets.
One chance encounter in a bar leads Griff right to Juliet’s door. Though their first meeting isn’t the greatest, there is no denying their chemistry. When someone starts threatening her and the boys safety Griff and the entire MacKenzie crew do everything in their power to protect them.
The Rebel of Copper Creek really is great story in all the ways possible a story should be great. Juliet is strong, independent and loves her boys above all else but she is still a woman. I loved seeing that vulnerability in her. Griff is rough around the edges but he not stupid enough to not notice a good thing when he sees it. I love how he goes after Juliet as only a sexy cowboy can. The only thing I loved more than Griff and Juliet was the MacKenzie family. Both Griff and Juliet are without family coming in but the MacKenzie’s embrace them as one of their own and they all help each other heal from different things. It really was a story to pull on your heart strings. Grumpy old family patriarch Mad had to be my favorite.
I hope we get a bit more of all them in Legacy since I really want to be see them all be happy. I will definitely be reading Maverick so I can see where it all starts and definitely seek out miss Ryan again to fill my need for a sexy, sweet take charge cowboy. A definite must read if you love a good western love story like me.
She opened a second door to reveal a bathroom fit for a queen, with a tub and shower big enough for an army, a lovely oval sink and mirror, and all of it done in shades of white marble.
She turned to him with a look of alarm. “Oh, Griff. I don’t belong here.”
He merely smiled. “Neither do I. But I won’t tell if you don’t.” His smile grew. “I say we just kick back and enjoy all this until they discover we’re frauds.”
She tried to laugh, but it came out in a sigh.
Before she could say more he touched a finger to her lips. Just a touch, but they both looked stunned at his boldness.
He lowered his hand and took a step back. “I’d better say goodnight and get out of here.”
“Wait.” She caught his hand and held it tightly. “Just stay a minute more. I’m feeling overwhelmed.”
His smile was quick and charming. “I’m feeling overwhelmed myself. But it’s not the room, it’s the woman in it.”
“Don’t joke, Griff.”
His smile disappeared. “It’s no joke. And if I don’t leave you right now, I just might not make it out of here.”
He got as far as the door before turning to look at her. That was his downfall. In quick strides he crossed the room and grabbed her in a fierce embrace.
“I almost made it.” The words were whispered against her temple as he began brushing hot, wet kisses down the side of her face until she turned her head slightly and his lips found hers. “I know you told me you don’t like this.” His voice was a rough growl of desperation.
“That’s what I said. But right this minute I can’t tell you that, Griff.” She clung to him. “I need you hold me, just for a minute.”
“If I stay for a minute, it could turn into hours. I may not be able to leave at all. In fact, it’s already too late. I know what touching you does to me.”
And then he took the kiss deep, nearly devouring her.
Her body was crushed against him, her heart beat wildly matching his. The feel of her ragged breath, her pounding pulse, added more fuel to the fire that raged through him.
“Wait, Griff. I need a minute…”
Her words barely penetrated the fog that seemed to have taken over his control.
Instead of doing as she asked, he backed her across the room until they were stopped by the press of the wall against her back. They barely noticed the bump of their bodies as they continued the kiss until they were nearly crawling inside each other’s skin.
He was so hot he could barely catch a breath. Lifting his head, he breathed deeply before lowering his face to hers. “I could stay the night. I could…”
She lifted a hand to his mouth. “Wait. Stop. I need to think.”
“I can’t think. My brain…” He sucked in air, hoping to clear his mind.
“We can’t do this.” She put a hand to his chest.
“I know. I know.” He caught her hand in his. “I’ll go.”
As he started to turn away she lifted herself on tip toe to brush his mouth with hers. “I don’t want you to, but I know I need to send you away.”
He half-turned back to her. “I don’t have to…”
“Yes. No.” She breathed deeply. “Yes. Go.”
His hands closed around her shoulders. “Was that no? Or go?”
She looked up at the same moment he looked down. They bumped noses, then both burst into laughter.
They laughed so hard they clung together, shaking and laughing.
He pressed his forehead to hers and managed another shaky breath. “Okay. At least I know we’re both crazy.” He held her a little away and stared deeply into her eyes before giving a groan. “I’m going now. Just…” He backed away. “…don’t touch me or I won’t make it.”
She stayed where she was, watching as he backed across the room. Straightening his shoulders he turned and opened the door. He stepped out and pulled it firmly shut behind him.