Time for Love is the newest addition to the Harmony Valley series from the Harlequin Heartwarming line of sweet romances. It is book five in the series, however it can be read as a stand-alone story. I have only read books four and five in the series and have had no trouble learning to love the characters of this charming town.
The author tackles some tough subjects in this book. From a heroine who is a recovering alcoholic, to a divorced dad struggling with custody issues, to traumatized horses that may be so dangerous there is no hope for them, this story has all of it and more.
I really liked the two main characters, Dylan and Kathy. The weren’t perfect and they both had past issues that continued to affect them, even as adults. All of the characters in this story felt very realistic, even Kathy’s child, Truman. His behavior felt true to life and like an appropriate reaction to what he had been through.
There was a sweet and satisfying romance, and plenty of tense moments to keep the story flowing. I really enjoyed this book. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A fresh start—for both of them
As a kid from a shattered family, Kathy Harris couldn’t wait to get out of Harmony Valley. Yet here she is, back home, determined to rebuild her life and regain her young son’s trust. But she doesn’t expect to work miracles—unlike Dylan O’Brien, the enigmatic cowboy rumored to be a healer of misfit horses.
As they work to save an injured colt, Kathy starts to believe in a future with Dylan that she never thought possible. But one of Kathy’s new rules is no more secrets…and Dylan has a big one. One that could destroy the life he and Kathy are building together.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Although Melinda has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.
Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband – her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.
Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis. She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love – because, really, who lets the man have the last word?