Lightning over Bennett Ranch by Amber Daulton

Lightning over Bennett Ranch by Amber Daulton
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Melody Bennett’s parents trampled on her teenage romance with a drifter ten years ago. He disappeared without a word of goodbyes on the night they had planned to run away together. Since then, she cast aside her foolish notions of happily ever after and worked hard alongside the hired help to care for the majestic horses on her family’s beloved ranch. She refused to give love another chance and resigned to live her life alone.

Max Fortaine returned with a heart guarded by secrets and a sizable bank account that took blood, prayers and tears to fund. The cowboy disrupted Melody’s peaceful existence with stolen kisses and a promise for more. After a lifetime of running, mistakes and regrets, he vowed to reclaim the only woman he ever loved… if only her overprotective father didn’t stand in his way.

He left her in the hotel room. They were running away together and he never came back. She’s gotten over it and has pretty well forgiven him. She wishes she could forget him. That experience has made her prickly about relationships with all men. None of them are up to her standards. Especially the one her mother is pushing her towards.  They were dating and she caught him in bed with someone else, so he can go to hell…

Ms. Daulton has written an easy romance read with a western setting. The story has a feeling of authenticity. It’s something that could happen when two people love each other and one is trying to protect the other. I found it to be an easy read and wanted to shove the two main characters together before they resolved their own issues.

Melody finds out Max is in back in town by accident. The ranch hands are sharing gossip and she knows they are talking about her. She braces them and finds out he has bought a neighboring run-down ranch. She’s still living at home but she’s become a horse breeder and is building her future stock. She works for her father to pay the costs for her and her stock. She decides she’ll go check out Max. That’s either a blessing or a big mistake.

Max has a reason he’s been away for so long but he’s hesitant to tell her. She’s demanding to be told the truth. He gives her part of his reasoning and then asks if she can wait for the rest. He wants to meet with her and her father for that part.

Mr. Daulton shows the conflicts clearly, lets you know the love isn’t dead, and even manages to help Melody convince her parents she knows what she wants. Anybody who has controlling parents will understand Melody’s predicament.

This novella is a short read but it’s worth it. It flows well, has a good story line, and ends well. Take a walk in Melody’s boots and pet her horse. It’ll make you feel better.

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