Allison Parker needs a convincing excuse to come home to Rocky Mountain House. A hopelessly romantic reason that won’t let her mother suspect the truth—that Allison has discovered Mom is keeping a terrible secret from the family.
Gabe Coleman is struggling with two of the roughest parts of ranching: dealing with his bull-headed mule of a father, and making enough to pay the bills. When his old friend Allison offers to help him develop his ideas for organic ranching—in trade for pretending to be her fiancé—it sounds like the perfect set-up.
Yet the deception leads them in an unexpected direction, where their shared daily hells are erased by nights of heavenly distraction. It’s not supposed to be real, but once the gates are opened, there’s no denying they’ve found in each other a little bit of Paradise.
To break free of the past and face the future, though, will take more than temporary pleasures. It’ll take putting their hearts on the line.
Warning: Tortured hero with a guardian-angel complex, grief-stricken heroine willing to sacrifice everything for family. Break out the tissues, this trip to the ranch is a heartbreaker on the way to the HEA.
Gabe Coleman is struggling with the making their ranch profitable, while dealing with his father who refuses to adapt with the changing times. His father puts him down every chance he gets and never lets him forget that he blames him for his brother’s death. Gabe has a lot on his shoulders but still manages to be there for friends and family when they need him. When Allison shows up on his doorstep with an offer that will benefit them both, he can’t help but agree to her plan. He just didn’t realize that he would lose his heart in the process.
Allison’s mom is keeping a secret that will destroy her brother and sister. She has to find a convincing way to move home without raising her mom’s suspicion and Gabe Coleman seems to be the perfect answer. She offers to help him with the farm in exchange for him acting as her finance. Everything seems to be going as planned until she starts to develop real feelings for Gabe.
I love these two together. They are so good for each other; each provides something the other has been missing from their lives. Gabe has been struggling with his brother’s death for years and his father hasn’t helped matters either with his anger toward him. He spends his time working on the family farm while helping out friends and family when needed. When Allison comes to him with her plan to move back home, he can’t bear to say no to her.
After Allison finds out her mother’s secret, she would do anything to spare her brother and sister the grief they went through when their father died. She hatches a plan that will let her move home and be there for her family, with the help of Gabe. She doesn’t realize how much she will come to rely on him and he will mean to her.
The two of them are so perfect for one another. They are there for each other while helping to heal old wounds. Gabe always tries to do the right thing but with his father always telling him he is worthless, he has a lot of self-doubt. Allison helps him see that he is worthy of love and loving someone. Gabe is Allison’s rock, he is there for her throughout her mother’s illness and makes not only her days better but her mother’s too. She comes to rely on him when she has a rough day and they both tend to lean on each other when needed.
They have excellent chemistry and I loved the fact that they didn’t just jump into bed with each other, even though they have known each other for a long time. They didn’t let the sex complicate their relationship, but let the chemistry build naturally with them. The scene by the lake was full of sexy fun. I think one of my favorite scenes was the one in the rain at the end, very sweet.
The story focuses on Gabe and Allison but several of the other Coleman clan was mentioned in the story too. We are also introduced to a few new members of the family and Allison’s family too. It was a great read that I truly enjoyed. I give Rocky Mountain Angel 4½ Flaming Hearts.