Review: River’s End by Leanne Davis

When Erin Poletti pulls her car into the thousand acre Rydell River Ranch in River’s End, Washington, looking to stay with the brother she detests, she only intends for it to be a pit stop on the way to the rest of her life. After her mother’s suicide, Erin has no choice but to seek out her brother, where he works as a ranch hand, as she is left penniless, homeless and for reasons she will share with no one; without the basic skills to navigate her life. Ranch owner Jack Rydell watches her pull in and knows that trouble has come to his ranch, his three brothers, his two sons, and most of all: to himself.  Erin has a short lived relationship with Jack’s youngest brother, until unforeseen circumstances leave Erin nearly destitute on the ranch, and finally reveals the secret Erin has so desperately hidden. And only then does Jack finally begin to know the woman whose presence has so disturbed his life. Eventually, Erin finds a job, and starts to work with Jack and his horses in order to repay the debts she feels she owes him. But the longer Erin is there, Jack begins to wonder if he can resist the woman he now knows, despite everything that stands between them.

When Erin Poletti pulls her car into the thousand acre Rydell River Ranch in River’s End, Washington, looking to stay with the brother she detests, she only intends for it to be a pit stop on the way to the rest of her life. After her mother’s suicide, Erin has no choice but to seek out her brother, where he works as a ranch hand, as she is left penniless, homeless and for reasons she will share with no one; without the basic skills to navigate her life. Ranch owner Jack Rydell watches her pull in and knows that trouble has come to his ranch, his three brothers, his two sons, and most of all: to himself. Erin has a short lived relationship with Jack’s youngest brother, until unforeseen circumstances leave Erin nearly destitute on the ranch, and finally reveals the secret Erin has so desperately hidden. And only then does Jack finally begin to know the woman whose presence has so disturbed his life. Eventually, Erin finds a job, and starts to work with Jack and his horses in order to repay the debts she feels she owes him. But the longer Erin is there, Jack begins to wonder if he can resist the woman he now knows, despite everything that stands between them.

River’s End by Leanne Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this author. Her new series has unconventional characters with such emotional depth. I’ve read western romances before and was curious when I saw Leanne was going to write a series about a family of cowboys who lived on a ranch. It seemed like such a departure from anything I’ve ever read from her and wondered if it would still have a gut-wrenching story and characters that are so heartbreaking with their past and current situations. Well I shouldn’t have worried, the heroine, Erin Poletti, life has to be one of the saddest I’ve ever read.

When you read anything from this author don’t expect some cookie cutter romance you’ve read a 100 times. This has to be one of more unconventional love stories I’ve ever read. When reading this you need to try and put yourself in Erin’s shoes. She is a 26 year old women who is illiterate and has been made to feel unloved her whole life and expects no kindness from anyone. Does the author try and cure her of these things during the course of the book, NO – the hero Jack Rydell tried but 26 years of feeling less than nothing isn’t just going to go away and I liked that the author didn’t try and make us believe it would.

I was sad when I came to the end of River’s End but I know there are more books coming in this series about the other brothers and I hope in those we get to continue to see Erin continuing to work on her issues and that eventually she and Jack can finally have that conventional relationship.

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