The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.
Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.
Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?
Lori Wilde’s beautiful writing style, using just the right words, made me feel as if I were right inside the hearts and minds of Ridge Lockhart’s and Kaia Alzata’s.
Ms. Wilde drops the reader out of the sky into the harsh Trans-Pecos region of Texas—a place where even snakes and lizards seek shade from the sun that beats down on a thirsty land. It takes resilient people to thrive here.
Ridge Lockhart grew up and survived a harsh upbringing there. Now, after ten years, he is back, a multi-millionaire with an empty heart and hungry soul.
Kaia Alzata, called “braterminator” by Ridge in their growing up days, has truly grown up; but she is off limits. She is Ridge’s best friend’s little sister. She now has curves in all the right places and has a happy outlook on life. She chose to be happy after a life-altering accident. She’d loved Ridge ever since she could remember, but she know she can survive without him—she has for ten long years. Kaia is a nurturer and will be a doctor of veterinary medicine in a year.
Duke Locket, Ridge’s father, owns the large Silver Feather Ranch that’s been in the Lockhart family for six generations. He is hard, bitter, self-absorbed and a difficult old man who regrets much of his past but refuses to admit it. His four sons have paid the prize—Ridge most of all because of his beginnings.
Rarely do I read a book a second time, but this one I will. The first time I read for story—and a compelling story it is. It is a story of family relationships, friendships that stand the test of time, love that reaches far passed lust to touche the heart and sou. Finally, it is about redemption.
I’ll read it again and slowly savor the remarkably good descriptions, the unique expressions of emotions, the revelations that come from soul searching ,and the sensual, tender love scenes.
Lori Wilde captivates with her insightful, compelling characterizations and with a plot that fits these characters.
I recommend reading Million Dollar Cowboy.