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Rancher Jack West knows what it means to love a woman with all his heart and to lose her far too soon. A widower for seven long years, he thinks love and romance are a thing of the past, nothing more than cherished memories. He devotes himself to his grown son and his family, the horses they raise, and the land that has been theirs for three generations. He doesn't know that life has a surprise in store for him in the form of Janet Killeen, the lovely FBI agent he threw off his land last winter. The bullet that left Janet Killeen seriously wounded also tore a hole through her life. All she wants is a little peace and quiet in the mountains, a chance to feel like herself again. That chance comes to an abrupt end when she goes off the road in a snowstorm and winds up stranded alone in a ditch. The last person on earth she wants to see is that arrogant jerk Jack West, no matter how handsome he is. But from the moment Jack finds her and offers her his hand, she realizes there's far more to this gruff cowboy than she had imagined. But trouble is brewing at Cimarron Ranch. A deranged man with an inscrutable motive is moving in for the kill, threatening to end Jack and Janet's romance before they can claim a love that is ... Soul Deep.
FBI agent Janet Killeen needed some R&R to mentally and physically heal from the last work assignment that left her body shredded by bullets. Unfortunately for her, she got caught in a serious snowstorm and was rescued Rancher Jack West.
This time on the Jack’s ranch allowed Janet to try to redefine herself given some of her physical limitations. It allowed Jack to realize there is life after the death of his wife of 38 years. This was a journey of second chances!
I liked this story because Jack never treated Janet like an invalid. He expected her to work hard, and he didn’t really pull his punches. It showed respect and allowed Janet to keep her dignity and self respect. It was pretty sweet watching this two put their painful past behind them and forge a new life together.
I will admit that I didn’t remember either one from the prior books, so I had to do a little research. I do now remember Janet, but I think I would have enjoyed this book the same without the background information. I really appreciate every installment of this series leaves me feeling hopeful. The characters always seem to overcome their tragedies and get to the other side more optimistic about their lives. Even though it was a tad predictable, it was still enjoyable.
*Special thanks to Tantor audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.