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5 stars for Ben: Dawsons of Montana by Jan Scarbrough #westernromance #romance #bookreview
Title: Ben: Dawsons of Montana
Author: Jan Scarbrough
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Ben Dawson is a loner with a chip on his shoulder as big as the blue Montana skies he rides under every day. His widowed father’s marriage had been too quick, his stepbrother is a pain, and his stepmother turned his mother’s family ranch into a dude ranch. Ben has only returned to Six Buckles Guest Ranch to keep a promise to his late father, to watch over the ranch and his stepmother. He’s not there to get involved in a relationship, especially with a girl he knew back in high school.
Leigh Weston just wants to do her job as an event planner at Six Buckles and stay far away from entanglements. No good has ever come from them. Her father cheated on her mother, just like her ex-husband cheated on her. Her reunion with Ben leads to more than she expected, but she’s not ready to risk her heart. She exacts a promise from him that their relationship will be strictly hands-off. But when she needs a fake date to an event, Ben looks like the perfect choice. He understands the boundaries she’s set, right?
But even fake dates can ignite real romances. Are some promises worth breaking if it leads to a second chance at love?
Entanglements lead to heartache, and no one wants that, right? Not so fast, love has a way of breaking promises in the best possible way. Wow, I was totally surprised by this book. I wasn’t expecting to fall hard for this couple, but I did. Ben and Leigh have been through the ringer when it comes to love and romance. Their journey to reconnect and get their HEA gutted me and I loved every minute of it.
It starts and ends with the emotional narration. Jan Scarbrough writes with emotional clarity, something that is a lost art these days. Life, love, and second chances are all about emotion and this book is very emotive. The narration connects the reader to the story and the characters. Every bit of tension, conflict, and drama are relayed through this emotional narration.
The romance is second chance with a twist. I enjoyed watching Ben and Leigh squirm. This couple is trying not to fall in love so hard, love finally takes over. The pacing is easy and works well for this kind of romance. I kept myself invested by rooting for them, no matter the obstacle.
The writing is very detailed and full of feeling. I plunged into the story with ease. I truly enjoyed this western romance and can recommend it to any reader.
My Rating: 5 stars
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The author of two popular Bluegrass romance series, Jan Scarbrough writes heartwarming contemporary stories about home and family, single moms, and children. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books and the excitement of a Bluegrass horse race or a competitive horse show.
The Ghost Mountain Ranch series is a contemporary western series with a good blend of mystery and happily-ever-after romance. The Dawsons of Montana is another four-book contemporary western series.
Jan leaves her contemporary voice behind with two paranormal gothic romances, Timeless and Tangled Memories, a Romance Writers of America (RWA) Golden Heart finalist. Her historical romance, My Lord Raven, is a medieval story of honor and betrayal.
A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan self-publishes her books with her husband’s help.
Jan lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with one rescued dog, one rescued cat, and a husband she rescued twenty-three years ago.
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Reviewed by: Nancy