Jan 19, 2020

Home at Chestnut Creek by Laura Drake Review

Home at Chestnut Creek
Chestnut Creek #2
By Laura Drake
Release Date: July 2nd, 2019
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

From an award-winning author who "writes real cowboys with heart and soul" (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes an unforgettable western romance about two strangers who learn that home is where the heart is. . .

The first rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it's just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she's never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek Café looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she's built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn't yet convinced she deserves...

While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph "Fishing Eagle" King still feels like an outsider-no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada's biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it's clear she's not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she'll have to decide whether to keep running or fight for what's hers.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

This is the second book in the Chestnut Creek series and I really enjoyed the first one, but boy did I struggle with the second book, which is surprising as it would be the type of book that I would have normally loved! girl on the run from a bad guy and starts a new life, finds a sweet/strong guy, falls in love and defeats the bad guy, but yeah....that didn't happen for me in this book, and it wasn't even (so much) the storyline, but one character that really killed the book for me.

I didn't enjoy Nevada at all, she is on the run, but the first thing she does is goes to a friend, isn't the whole point of being on the run means you hide from everyone you know, so you can't be tracked? Nevada's characters also struck me as very immature, which leads me to think that this book should have been put in the new adult's section rather than contemporary romance/romantic suspense. Joseph's character I understood more, but he was not enough to save the book for me. 

I give Home at Chestnut Creek 3 stars, as it's not a book I enjoyed.

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