REIN IN by ANNE JOLIN
Willow Bay Stables, Book #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
— SYNOPSIS —
Aurora Daniels is the bleeding heart of her family. With a gift and a passion for helping to heal others, she has a legacy of kindness and gratitude—a modern-day saint.
Every Sunday since she turned eighteen, Aurora has driven three hours into the city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she volunteers at an equine facility that rehabilitates troubled youth by working with horses. With their increasing success rate, the facility is expanding to foster violent parolees in hopes of a more effective release into society.
Assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder—that’s what it says under the name on his sheet. Rhys White is released on good behaviour and promises to remain under contract for community service at the Equine for Hearts facility for a court-ordered period of twelve months.
Willow Bay’s saint may have stumbled across the one sinner who can’t be saved from himself.
Will Aurora be able to rein in Rhys’s quest for revenge before it’s too late? Or will she spend the rest of her life loving a man behind bars?
“Hey.” I smiled.
He didn’t smile back, simply lifted his chin in my direction and shoved his hands in the front pockets of his ripped jeans.
I crossed my arms over my chest and made a clucking sound with my tongue. “Looks like your all mine this afternoon.”
Somehow that had sounded different in my head then it did out loud and my cheeks flushed what I imagined was a bright pink. Of course I’d tricked him into spending the day with me, but it wasn’t something I planned on outright telling him just now.
The corners of his mouth twitched, like maybe he’d considered the idea of smiling but again, he did not speak.
“Right, okay then.” I filled the silence.
Pushing off the truck with my butt, I walked in the direction of the two double doors ahead of us. Lucky for me, he seemed more focused on what I was doing then he was at reading the sign on the door we were currently passing through.
“Table for two.” I told the hostess when we stepped inside.
“Let me check if we have any booths available.” She smiled at us and left to do a walk through of the restaurant.
Rhys started to back towards the door and a hint of panic bubbled up in my throat at the thought that maybe he really would run away from me, again.
“If you leave now you’ll embarrass me.” I blurted.
It was low, almost the equivalent of threatening to cry, but it worked.
He quit retreating but his eyes fell away from me and he just stared at the floor. The black equine for hearts tee that he’d cut the sleeves off of seemed to somehow make his arms look longer inside the small entryway.
I guessed for the first time that he was probably somewhere around six foot three.
The hostess returned and grabbed two menus before promptly leading us to a booth in the back of the restaurant.
No sooner had my butt grazed the vinyl did the questions erupt from his otherwise silent demeanour.
“What is this?” His voice tumbled across the table like a freight train.
Not angry, just demanding.
“It’s a date.” I deadpanned, flipping my menu opened.
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Blurb of Rein In (Willow Bay Stables #3) by Anne Jolin caught my eye
and as it was already the third book in that series I thought (for a
change) I should take the time and start a series at the beginning.
Therefore I took the time to first read
Change Rein (Willow Bay Stables #1) and Eight-Second Ride (Willow Bay Stables #2)
And I think this series is a good example of an author that grew with writing..
Change Rein I had trouble to connect to the leading characters the
beginning was so sudden as was the appearance of Branson. It took me
pages to get what he did and what was happening. And I have to be honest
– for a very long time Branson felt more like a stalker to me than
anything else and London is – I am not sure. Lets just say they were not
my couple of the year.
With Eight Second Ride it was already a
little different. Owen and Ray were a lot more likeable to me as a
reader. I felt it was easier to connect with them. Maybe because by then
I got a little used to the authors writing style ? Or because they were
better developed ? not sure but for me as a “no Stetson” girl – I could
work with that storyline a lot better.
Which brings me to the
third book “Rein In” … it is the by far best of the three. From the
first page on I was drawn into the story and connected with Rhys. He was
a really great character so likeable from the start. I can even confirm
that Aurora the female lead is really like the blurb describes her – a
modern day saint –
The storyline is really well developed and
contains a good dose suspense at the right moments. It tugs and pulls at
your heartstrings and I am pretty sure that the readers will love this
book even more the previous books in that series.