Review: Branded by Laura Wright

In the small town of River Black, Texas, sits the Triple C—a working cattle ranch that sustains the town. But it also holds painful memories and shocking secrets for the Cavanaugh brothers... When the Cavanaugh brothers return home for their father’s funeral, they discover unexpected evidence of the old man’s surprising double life—a son named Blue, who wants the Triple C Ranch as much as they do. The eldest son, Deacon, a wealthy businessman who couldn’t wait to leave the ranch and move on with his life, is looking to use his powerful connections to stop Blue at any cost. He never expected the ranch’s forewoman, Mackenzie Byrd, to get in his way. Mac knows Deacon means to destroy the ranch and therefore destroy her livelihood. But as the two battle for control, their attraction builds. Now Deacon is faced with the choice of a lifetime: Take down the Triple C to feed his need for revenge, or embrace the love of the one person who has broken down every barrier to his heart.

In the small town of River Black, Texas, sits the Triple C—a working cattle ranch that sustains the town. But it also holds painful memories and shocking secrets for the Cavanaugh brothers…
When the Cavanaugh brothers return home for their father’s funeral, they discover unexpected evidence of the old man’s surprising double life—a son named Blue, who wants the Triple C Ranch as much as they do. The eldest son, Deacon, a wealthy businessman who couldn’t wait to leave the ranch and move on with his life, is looking to use his powerful connections to stop Blue at any cost. He never expected the ranch’s forewoman, Mackenzie Byrd, to get in his way.
Mac knows Deacon means to destroy the ranch and therefore destroy her livelihood. But as the two battle for control, their attraction builds. Now Deacon is faced with the choice of a lifetime: Take down the Triple C to feed his need for revenge, or embrace the love of the one person who has broken down every barrier to his heart.

Branded by Laura Wright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cavanaugh’s have had their fair share of tragedy and secrets. This series revolves around the death of the only Cavanaugh daughter, Cass, over 10 years ago whose kidnapping and murder was never solved and resulted in the family imploding and the three remaining brothers leaving the Triple C Ranch and never looking back.

Deacon Cavanaugh is the oldest and also the holding the most anger and resentment over what happened after his sister died. He hates his father and wants nothing more than to destroy the Triple C Ranch. He gets that chance when his father dies.

Mackenzie Byrd was best friends with Cass all through their childhood. She was also part of the family and had always had a crush on Deacon until Cass’s death. She never understood what went down between the parents and Cavanaugh children to make them leave but even though Cass was gone she still loved the Triple C Ranch and grew up to becoming the ranch’s forewoman. She willing to go head to head with Deacon over saving the ranch even though her feelings that she had all through her childhood are still alive and well for the tall hunky cowboy turned billionaire businessman.

Throughout the story we meet the other two Cavanaugh brothers along with a surprise sibling those shows there were lots of secrets the adults kept from the children. There are also bits and pieces given of the mystery about what happened to Cass via her journal and also from the daughter of the man who was the Sheriff back then. The mystery of what happened is not solved in this book and looks to be something that will be a part of all the future books. The dysfunction of the family and the mystery of what happened to the sister defiantly grabs your attention and keeps you turning the pages. Even though there is a HEA for Mac and Deacon your really left with more questions than answers by the end of the book.

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