Once comfortable on stage in front of thousands, Joely
Crockett is now mortified at the thought of walking—or rolling—down the aisle at her sisters’ wedding. Scarred and wheelchair-bound, the former beauty queen has lost more than the ability to walk—she’s lost her fire. But when one
handsome, arrogant guest accuses her of milking her injuries and ignites her ire, Joely finally starts to feel truly alive again, and soon it’s impossible for her to resist her heart’s desire.Alec Morrissey knows a little something about loss. A
famous rodeo cowboy before he was injured in Iraq, he’s managed to create something of a normal life, even if it’s not the one he always imagined. Encountering stunning but damaged Joely, he sees a kindred spirit who can learn
from his mistakes.As these two healing souls begin to fall in love under
the Wyoming stars, they must discover if they are willing to give in to the tragedies of life or fight for a future together.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I thought this would be a cute bit of fluff, a fun wedding romance, but it turned out to be a wonderfully emotional story about love and loss and overcoming huge physical obstacles. I liked that Alec and Joely’s characters were both complex and well developed and they got to know each other really well before a physical relationship developed. And the book cover is pretty gorgeous, too!
Joely Crockett and Alec Morrissey meet each other at her sisters’ double wedding. She’s the matron of honor, not quite divorced from a cheating husband who abandoned her after a horrific car accident. She’s been in assisted living, not wanting to be a burden to her family, petrified to try to move on with her life. Alec is a former rodeo champion who enlisted in the service with his cousin after 9/11 and is standing up for one of the grooms.
At first Joely just finds Alec annoying because he keeps pushing her to do things she’s frightened of, like taking some steps on her own or dancing with him at the wedding without making a huge spectacle of herself. And he thinks that she’s drowning in self-pity and he’s just the person to throw her a life preserver!
As they spend time together after the wedding, Alec tries to show her just how alike they are and how much he’s recovered since losing a leg to an IED while in Iraq. But need having a hard time admitting even to himself that there are still some emotional issues that he can’t overcome on his own. A nicely inspiring HEA just in time for Valentine’s Day!
I received this book as an ARC from Edelweiss.
(aka her husband), and a gray Arabian gelding. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, she won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Contest in 2010 with her contemporary romance The Rancher and the Rock Star. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and spend time with her new granddaughter. She also has four-legged grandchildren—more than
twenty—including a wallaby, two alpacas, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats, and horses (pics of all appear on her website http://www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!