About the Book:
When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing counsel—beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. It'll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man's heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he's truly found home.
I really enjoyed this romance between two lawyers. I thought making Steven a single dad, by adoption, was an interesting element, and I liked the way both Steven and Melissa were members of large extended families. The plot itself was pretty predictable, but you don't pick up romance novels when in the mood for a complex plot or unpredictable ending. This is mass-market romance with several steamy intimate scenes, which happen before marriage. The characters seem to fall in lust before love. There is a subplot about Steven's extended family that isn't really resolved, and really doesn't seem to have much to do with the rest of the story, so I suspect we'll see another book about the Creed family.
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley. Grade: B.