To say Killian Walker was shocked when he discovered that not only was his father not married to his mother, but he had three half-brothers in the same situation. Facing each other for the first time at the reading of Dusty Walker’s will, the atmosphere could best be described as hostile. The terms of the will didn’t help matters. Spending a week in Red Creek, Kansas in Dusty’s house and Dusty’s business was just not on his agenda of things to do. But if he wanted the money to start his own ranch, he’d have to grit his teeth and man up.
Lexie Choate had big dreams about success in the world of art. Her teachers at Savannah School of Art praised her talent and told her she was a shoo-in to win the prize of a gallery show of her own. The last thing she expected was for the man who stole her heart to also steal the prize from her. She ran back to Red Creek, to heal her broken heart and recover from her disappointment. As the owner of Heart Starter, the popular coffee shop in town, she was busy building a new life for herself, while she continued to paint in secret. Hope never dies.
When Killian walked into Heart Starter the chemistry between the two of them was instant and explosive, but neither of them was looking for anything long term. She wanted to get back into the world of art. He was planning to build his ranch and not in Nowhere, Kansas. One week, they agreed. One week to enjoy each other, then goodbye. Funny thing, though, just when you think you’ve got everything planned out, life has a fanny way of turning your life upside down.
In the picturesque town of Red Creek, Killian is greeted with warm and sincerity from the many...many friends of his father. He not only has to prove he can run his father's company...he must prove to himself that he can fill Dusty's shoes without wearing them all of the time and meeting Lexi Choate makes that more than just a little difficult.
Lexi Choate, a complex and beautiful but slightly broken woman, is the town's surrogate daughter. Having someone like Killian Walker who won't be there for more than a week, traipse into town and hurt her is not something they'll stand for. However, in all of their protectiveness, they've forgotten that Lexi Choate can hold her own. She's a strong woman who isn't going to fall under the pressure and heat burning between her and Killian.
Two people. Two hearts that need to be mended. And one man's dying wish turns out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to them.
I loved that Killian and Lexi were both...imperfect. Each have their scars, Killian's more recent and prominent. But, his biggest battle was that of the mind. I enjoyed watching him evolve in this story. We saw the sad little boy trapped inside of a disillusioned man change into the man he was always meant to be. None of that would've been possible without the father he was so angry at. More than once, I found myself feeling sorry for him. Even when he didn't exactly deserve my pity. Thankfully, his mama raised him right and she came into the picture.
We saw Lexi fall hard for this cowboy, though she'd only planned on being with him for a week (and we all know how that goes). Lexi's battle was also with her own mind. Scared of being hurt again and knowing she must jump right into things or lose another piece of herself... that's when I really rooted for her. But when BOTH of them finally shut out the negative voices in their heads and listened to their hearts...another world opened up for them. One that I truly enjoyed visiting.
I recommend this hot, heartwarming read to anyone who needs a truly feel good...all over...story.
Thank you, Desiree Holt for giving us that one story that could make any rainy day warm and inviting! You have a phenomenal talent for creating places and people that reach right through the book and grab onto our hearts. This one is no exception. I feel a bit sad that I've had to leave Red Creek. But, I'll be visiting again and again.