The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake

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The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (307 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

A Love as Big as Texas . . .

Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.

James “JB” Denny doesn’t stay where he isn’t welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can’t work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?

Cowboys and lost love is a combination that melts your heart and The Sweet Spot does just that. Early in the story Ms. Drake gives us a hint of what drove this couple apart and hints that a tragic event took place. Both Charla and JB are likeable characters I have to admit I did find myself more on JB’s side, because he’s funny, not at all perfect and Ms. Drake portrays his vulnerability perfectly as the story progresses.

I think she also did a wonderful job with the setting; the ranch was so well described that I felt like I was really there. And also the rodeo circuit where JB works came to life too. Secondary characters seemed true to life which rounded out the story.

The book cover did say new author and I think Ms. Drake’s made a promising debut with this story. I’ll be looking for more books by her. If you love an emotional read with a cowboy thrown in for good measure, The Sweet Spot would be a good pick.

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