Promises made…secrets kept…
Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. He once promised he’d love her forever. But he’d abandoned their love for the rodeo and she hadn’t seen him since. Now she’s back in Texas. Her uncle’s heart is failing and Mandy has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare…the one man she’d never stopped loving.
Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle and a promise he’d made to an old friend. Hank Promise, Mandy’s uncle, was more like a father to Beau than his old man had been. The hardest thing Beau had ever done was leave Mandy behind for the rodeo. He can still see the bitterness and hurt on her face. It has killed him all these years to think Mandy had forgotten him…maybe even in the arms of another man. But now they’re both back in Texas, and Beau’s going to do all he can to win back her love.
Mandy Morgan hasn’t been back to Texas in eight years, not after Beau Gentry broke her heart, but now she’s back visiting for a while from Philadelphia as her Uncle Hank needs a heart operation and he’s refusing. It’s up to her to convince him.
The reason why she hasn’t been back to his ranch is down to the boy her broke her heart at 16. She never really got over him, and feelings come flooding back with he’s the one who picks her up from the airport.
As much as she loves him, she hates him for that day eight years ago when Rodeo’ing was more important to him than her, especially as his words hurt her, and that’s why she hasn’t been back, in fear of seeing him again.
Beau, a rodeo champ is back on Double T, Hanks ranch to help Hank out in his failing health. He has two loves; the rodeo circuit and Mandy Morgan. But because of his father’s vendetta against her uncle, he had to leave her, as painful and heartbreaking as it was for him, to protect her and let her lead the life she deserved, even if she did want to run away with him.
Now they are back in Texas, all old feelings begin to boil for both of them, and no matter how hard it is for Mandy to stay mad, Beau is her first and only love and she wants him as much as he wants her.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was short and sweet. I’ve began to really like books based in Texas and feature Cowboys, so it was obvious that I had to read this book. You really get involved with the characters, especially Mandy, who has never forgotten the pain she endured when she was 16 to have it all bubble up again when she sees Beau waiting at the airport. She goes through a lot in the story, with different emotions, which you really connect to, with both Hank and Beau.
You also read both Beau and Mandy’s inner battles about each other, which pull at your heartstrings because you saw they still loved each other but she knew Beau would return to the rodeo circuit soon enough and Beau knew Mandy would be leaving again.
The last few pages, when Mandy was about to leave, were perfect. Beau isn’t a guy who tells people his feelings, that was drilled into him by his father, but just hearing him pour his heart out to Mandy, wow, I loved him for that. There is no sex involved, which from my other reviews lately, there seems to be quite a lot, but it was a short nice, romance novel to chill with and float away with first loves, heartbreaks and family secrets, which all comes together in the end.