Book – Serenity Falls
Author – Tiffany Aleman, Ashley Poch
Publication Date – December 6, 2013
Type – Stand-Alone
Rating – 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars
Book provided by Author (Blog Tour) in exchange for an honest review.
Kenleigh Briggs suffered debilitating depression at the age of twelve after losing both parents in a tragic house fire. Her aunt assumed guardianship and forced Kenleigh to learn how to horseback ride. She soon developed a bond with the horses that helped her work out and deal with her depression.
Seven years later, young Kenleigh is now a sophomore at the University of Texas, San Antonio. During summer break, she arrives at Serenity Falls, a horse ranch devoted to helping children with disabilities learn to ride. She loves watching the kids build the same healing bonds with the horses that she did. She really finds satisfaction in paying it forward.
Wesley Adams, the son of the ranch’s owners, is a professional bull rider who lives in Dallas. With his blond hair, Caribbean blue eyes, and tattooed muscular body, he is the epitome of every woman’s dream. Wesley is good guy, but he harbors a past he's not proud of
Kenleigh has learned to take life head on. Content with the way her life is going, Kenleigh never expected Wesley. He takes Kenleigh on the ride of her life, but will she accept him faults and all? As Kenleigh and Wesley discover a love like they have never known, will they also discover the best parts of life they are missing?
When I started reading this book, my first thoughts were ‘Oh No, another story that has been done to death’ but lo’ and behold by the time I got about 40% in I was intrigued. It broke out of the common NA mold and the plot started with a few twists and turns. It held my attention and I found myself rooting for Kenleigh and Wes. How can you go wrong with a bull rider? Hot, steamy fall in love with the All American Cowboy!
Kenleigh had a tragic childhood where her family’s vacation caught fire and she watched as her parents were trapped inside. Depression followed her through her early years until her aunt found a ranch which helped troubled and disabled children through horse-back riding therapy.
We skip ahead to Kenleigh now finishing her first year of college and is about to spend her summer at the ranch helping the owners Mr. and Mrs. Adams. What Kenleigh doesn’t know is that Mrs. Adams has been playing cupid with her son, Wesley.
An instant attraction forms when Wesley shows up at the ranch and it builds into a friendship along with a love affair. But with any NA romance, there are past and present demons that fight to break up the young couple.
This is a sweet and low drama filled story about finding first love and learning how to feel again.