Loving Lauren [West #1] by Jill Sanders
Expected Publication: March 13, 2013
Format: free Kindle read
Challenges: TBR Pile
Lauren had been raised to not be afraid of anything, and she lived by that code, that is until her dad died and left everything in her hands. Now she’s not only in charge of her two younger sisters, but she’s running a full-blown Texas ranch. Caring for a thousand‑acre ranch has its ups and downs, physically, mentally, and financially. All she is looking for is a little break. What she doesn't have time for is someone who will only complicate her life further. Chase is back in his hometown. Helping his dad with his veterinary practice is high on his list. So is being with the lovely Lauren West. Years ago, he found a unique way to bind them together. Now all he has to do is prove to her that he’s the right man to spend the rest of her life with.
I’ve been eyeing this on my Kindle for a while now. I’ve been tempted to read it but was some what skeptical since it’s about the South and some reads really go over board when it comes to the South. Boy was I wrong with this read! I full enjoyed it and it was authentic. I loved the story of Lauren who lost her mom very early in life and was raised by her father. When he dies she is left in charge of the family ranch and her sister, who are a handful and by the way each have their own stories in this series of books. Lauren is stubborn and hard headed and has focused all her life and energy to carry on the family tradition and making sure her father’s hard work doesn’t get taken away. Then enters Chase her old high school boyfriend who has been away for years and all of sudden Lauren’s life is thrown for a loop. Secrets that have been buried for years are about to come out and Lauren is hell bent for them not to. If there is ever a weakness for Lauren it’s Chase. Lauren doesn’t want to get hurt and the last thing she needs is Chase ruining everything. So will Lauren take a chance or will she let her pride get in the way? This is one story that's definitely worth the read.
This is a great quick read that focuses on romance and second chances. I love the banter between these two and it has it's funny moments also. I loved the characters and the scenery is just plain amazing, I actually felt like I was on the ranch watching the sunrises and sunsets while reading. This is the first of in a series focusing on Lauren and her sisters; I can’t wait to read how their stories play out.