Sugarwater Ranch

Stephanie Berget
Sugarwater Ranch
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
April 2013
Book 1 of Salt Creek Cowboys
Western Romance

Sean O'Connell's life is perfect, or it was until his partying lifestyle affected his bull riding. Now he's ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. When a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked, staring into the angry eyes of a strange woman. His infallible O'Connell charm gets him nowhere with the dark-haired beauty. It's obvious she's not his usual good-time girl, so why can't he forget her?

Bar-manager Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy freezing to death in front of the Sugarwater Bar. She saves his life--then runs faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail. Any man who makes his living rodeoing is bad news, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. He's everything she doesn't want in a man, so why can't she shake her attraction to the rugged cowboy?

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Jun 30, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes it's hard to trust someone who reminds you of a person that should have been there to protect you but instead they hurt you emotionally, mentally and maybe even physically. But not all drunks will hurt a woman; sometimes they can change, especially when they love a woman.

Catherine lived a rough childhood, losing her mother and father at the age of 10 and going to live with her uncle and cousin. Her Uncle Ray was the polar opposite of his brother; he showed her what love was. Her father was a drunk and when he had too much to drink, he would hit her mother and her mother never did anything to defend herself. Catherine just remembered that when he was on one of his rampages, she needed to keep quiet and hide.

She grew up to be a beautiful young woman and knows what she wants to do in life, and that was to become a nurse. However, only two years into nursing school, she gets a phone call that changes her life.

Sean is a bull rider but he is also a party animal. He loves to drink and have a good time. But the stupid thing is he also drinks and drives.

Now Catherine is a bartender in her uncle's bar, and she has to rescue Sean from nearly freezing to death outside in his truck because he was too drunk to move. She's had a crush on him when she was younger, but now, he made her blood boiled and he made her feel something she had never felt with another man.

But she couldn't open to him, because of his love for drink, and she could not fall in love with him.

SUGARWATER RANCH is a beautifully written romance about a man that needed to change his ways and about a woman that made him want to change because she made him happy. The characters were interesting, even the secondary ones.

This story had a good pace but days and weeks passed by within a couple of sentences, and at times I got a little lost. Nevertheless, I love how the relationship of Catherine and Sean developed but they both had problems they needed to resolve in order for them to be happy. The change in Sean was done slowly and it was interesting how he seemed to enjoy being on a ranch herding cattle. I was glad that Catherine was able to see that she could trust in a man again and know that he would not hit her even though he was drunk.

The story line was good because it not only shows the development of their relationship and their romance, but also because it was going to test Catherine's ability to trust because of the villain. The chemistry between Catherine and Sean is off the charts and the passion that they share is hot.

SUGARWATER RANCH is a good romantic story that any reader would enjoy. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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