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Series: Copper Ridge #6
Published by on August 30, 2016
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Pages: 384
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The prodigal son of Copper Ridge, Oregon, has finally come home 

The man who ruined Rebecca Bear's life just strolled back into it with one heck of an offer. Years ago, Gage West's recklessness left Rebecca scarred inside and out. Now he wants to make amends by gifting her the building that houses her souvenir store. Rebecca won't take Gage's charity, but she's willing to make a deal with the sexy, reclusive cowboy. Yet keeping her enemy close is growing dangerously appealing…

He's the wild West brother, the bad seed of Copper Ridge. That's why Gage needs the absolution Rebecca offers. He just didn't expect to need her. After years of regretting his past, he knows where his future lies—with this strong, irresistible woman who could make a black sheep come home to stay…

We’re back in Copper Ridge with this latest installment, and boy did I have some high hopes for Gage. See, Gage is the eldest son of the West family, and he was the reason for a car accident that left Rebecca Bear permanently disfigured. He was stupid and young and self-centered. You know, basically a teenage boy ;P But instead of learning and growing up after the accident, he ran.

But he’s gotten a message from his dad’s attorney that their finances aren’t all they seem. Being that he’s a grown man now, he figures he’s run from his problems long enough. It’s time to go home and face the family.

Rebecca was 12 when Gage’s car slammed into hers. She’s never forgiven him. He’s never asked. In fact he’s never met her. Until he walks into her store. It turns out that his father owns the building her store is in, and they need to sell off some of their properties. Gage is a wealthy man now, though, and he wants to give Rebecca the store full-out. Rebecca refuses to accept his “charity.” She just wants to keep paying rent. She feels that’s fair. And she doesn’t owe it to Gage to assuage his guilt.

But something keeps pulling the two of them together, and you know they’re fighting that chemistry too. Maisey Yates always delivers that sexual tension that we want between the main characters.

It turns out that Rebecca has been using her injuries and scars as a crutch though. She recognizes that she never really gets close to anyone and once she stops hating Gage, she’s able to stop hating her injuries. It’s emotional and angsty, yet sexy and snarky all at the same time.

I think you guys would really enjoy this book (and to be honest, the whole series!). Grab it and find out if Gage is able to change Rebecca’s opinion of him (hint: he does) I like this series a lot, and I like how much Ms. Yates is able to pack into it. Gage caused a lot of damage with his reckless and irresponsible behavior. And not just with Rebecca, but he ran away as a teen. His family is hurting. His little sister was like six when he saw her last, and now she’s married, so he’s been gone a long time. His little brother took over where Gage left off and is not exactly thrilled he’s back. So with all of this hurt and damage, it’s amazing that Ms. Yates was able to pack so much into this book, and to do it well. The reader is definitely satisfied with the ending.

You guys should grab one of the Copper Ridge books and curl up for the night. You’ll enjoy it!

***ARC courtesy of Harlequin HQN

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