By: Barbara Speak
Cover Model: Mac Robinson 

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“I love a book that can keep me guessing!
With twists and turns you won’t see coming this is a must read for 2015!”
#1 NYT Best Selling Author Rachel Van Dyken
Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left
in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong andmake it on his own.   The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to
surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.

    The truck was just as ugly the second time I had seen it as it was the first. Nothing was endearing or cute about it. He must have bought it off an elderly farmer who couldn’t drive anymore because no one would be selling this beast in a car lot that’s for sure. Opening the door, the same wave of stale cigarette smoke hit me. This time I slid myself over to the passenger side and rolled down the window doing the same on my side after I was done. The cracking noise could still be heard when I pulled the door closed too.

   “I can’t say I expected you to change while I was in class but it sure would have been nice.” I put the key in the ignition and turned it over only to hear a click and then nothing. 

   “NO, NO, NO! Please don’t do this to me!” Four more attempts with the same result. Nothing. 

   “SHIT!”  I pulled out my phone to call for someone to get me but that someone didn’t exist. He would rather me never come back. My mother wouldn’t dare go against his wishes and Shelby obviously can’t drive.  

    Grabbing my purse and backpack I started doing the only thing I could, I walked. I tried to find positive in a negative situation but there really wasn’t one. My feet hurt, I was thirsty and if one more person drove by staring at me without even offering me a ride I was going to flip out. I thought country people were supposed to be nice. Isn’t that what everyone says? Well, they’re wrong or there aren’t any in Highgrove, Montana.

My cell phone died sometime around four-thirty. Well, that was the last time I checked it and around ten minutes later it was dead. I had been walking for over an hour and a half and saw a total of two cars.
I screamed it at the top of my lungs hoping God would just finish the job and take me out of my misery.All of a sudden, I heard the engine of a car coming from behind me. This was it. My final hope for humanity to restore itself. It got closer. I could feel the wind change and the vibration within it.  
“Please, please be someone nice enough to give me a ride or someone crazy enough to off me ‘cause I can’t take this anymore.”  I turned around just as the truck approached me praying for a miracle but sure enough the prick kept his foot on the pedal.
“That’s fucking it!”
I grabbed a handful of rocks from the side of the road and threw them right at that pretty truck he was driving.
“Have that, asshole!”
The brake lights came on just as the clang from the rocks started hitting the tailgate. The tires screamed against the blacktop while the back end kicked to the side from stopping so fast. My eyes practically bulged out of my head when the driver side door flew open.
And oh shit was mild compared to what I would have said if I had known who the fury coming at me was before I decided to throw rocks at his truck. How could I not have thought it was him? I had seen that truck before.
I can’t believe I did it. Never in a million years would I have ever even thought to do something like this but I reached down in my rage, grabbed a handful of rocks again and threw them right at his chest. Wall of muscle or not he could take that and suck on it.


* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 5 “Darlin'” Stars ~

What can I say….I absolutely love a story about a cowboy/rancher. They have to be my favorite, so I was excited to read this book by Barbara Speak.

What I loved most about this book was that it had some many great aspects to the story. We had drama, romance, Bull Riding, sweet little girl, mystery, tragedy, and even some sexy times. This book hit me on so many different emotional levels. I laughed, I cried, I yelled and I definitely swooned 😉 I will warn you though, Barbara did touch on a serious subject of child abuse, so if that is a trigger for you, please keep that in mind when reading this book.

This is the fourth book I have read by Barbara and I have to say it by far my favorite. I thought the storyline was interesting and kept me engaged throughout the whole book. The characters felt real to me and well developed. I think Barbara’s writing just gets better with each book she writes.

In this book we meet Arianna (Ari) and Canyon. Ari is a 17 year old senior in high school who had her life turned upside down because of one horrible night. Her and her family are sent to live in the middle of nowhere Montana. To say things were tough for her when she moved is an understatement. After a particularly rough day at school she goes to her truck to find it won’t start and is forced to walk home, which is where she runs into Canyon. They also had a rocky start, but things soon smooth over and then things start to heat up. Both Ari and Canyon had tough childhoods and were by all intense and purposes alone. The only person Ari had other than Canyon was her 8 year old half sister. I have to admit Shelby stole this story for me….I loved her to pieces and the way Canyon was with her melted my heart. Now I don’t want to spoil the story, but I will just leave you with this….Ari and Canyon’s road to their HEA is a very rough one…they had a lot of ups and downs. But I was extremely happy with the way this story turned out!!!

What I loved about these characters was their determination to make their lives good. Ari started out young and slightly immature, but by the end of this story she was a strong, independent girl, who is willing to fight for what she loves!!! I have to say that I was glad to see at the end that their story isn’t over. I was hoping their would be more to Ari and Canyon’s story. I can’t wait for the second book. Now don’t fret….this book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger and all the questions Barbara created with this storyline are answered….I just felt I wanted more of Ari, Canyon and Shelby.

So if you are looking for a great cowboy story that has a little bit of everything and will keep you guessing until the very end, then this is a book you should not hesitate to pick up. This is a book that is hard to put down!!!!


Author Barbara Speak loves nothing more than being allowed to share her ideas and thoughts through books that so many enjoy. When she’s not writing she’s caring for her son and daughter along side her amazing husband in rural Missouri. She
has 5 more babies but these are covered in fur. Bode the boxer, Tucker the beagle and Lily, Callie and Connor her kitties.
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