Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Heartland - Sara Walter Ellwood

Sex, drugs, and country music. That was the lifestyle for Emily Kendall, a Texas girl who hit it big on the country music charts--until she found herself pregnant and battling addiction. Now out of rehab and seeking a new life for herself and her unborn child, Emily returns to her hometown of McAllister. The last thing she's looking for is trouble, no matter how good it looks in uniform…

A widower, single father, and former Army Ranger struggling with PTSD, Sheriff EJ Cowley has his own demons to battle while keeping folks safe. The last thing he needs is a troubled celebrity speeding through town in her bright red Mazerati. But when someone from Emily's past threatens her safety and the peace of McAllister, EJ has no choice but to protect her.
And soon both will learn there's more to the other than meets the eye. And that wounded hearts can love again…

Ms. Ellwood swept me away and I ended up finishing EJ and Emily's story in less than 24 hours.  Emily's struggle with addiction is touched on and discussed but not overly so.  Her determination to stay straight for her unborn child was her road to redemption.  EJ, though he has dealt with depression and ptsd it is delicately handled and the story was written perfectly.  I enjoyed their love story immensely. The villain of the story, Emily's stepfather is twisted and scary and written well. If you're looking for a unique cowboy romance with suspense I highly recommend Heartland.

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