Cupid, Texas #5
Ms. Wilde always writes fantastic stories and this book was no different. From
start to finish, this story was enthralling, fast-paced and I found it hard to put this book down because this story encompasses the brother's best friend; a trope that I absolutely love, because I know the hero is going to struggle to resist temptation, as he sees a relationship with his best friend's sister as forbidden. The way this story started had me feeling sorry for the hero. He doesn't get along with his father after what his old man did, and I could understand why it's hard for him to be back in Cupid, even if it's only for a short time.
The dialogue was well-written and compelling due to the main characters back stories and the animosity between Ridge and his father. Will Ridge ever be able to forgive his old man? However, there were also some really good light-hearted moments between the hero and heroine that I absolutely loved. After everything Kaia's been through, I could understand why she's very live-in-the-moment, don't regret anything mindset. Certainly, she's a fighter and I'm glad that she speaks her mind when she engages with Ridge. She doesn't want him to regret not being able to forgive his father, especially with what happens to his old man. Except it's hard to forgive when his father is a stubborn man that knows how to push Ridge's buttons until the hero can't help but give up on dealing with the man. Who would want to subject themselves to the painful words the man dishes out? Who could blame Ridge for continuing to stay away from Cupid?
Kaia is strong, brave and I liked how she was determined to fight her attraction to Ridge since he's not going to be in town long, and yet, it's so hard to resist him. Her crush long ago when she was younger is still there, and with the story about soul mates that her grandmother tells, how could she not be honest with him. However, in saying that, I found the story about soul mates a little far-fetched, even though it was definitely so romantic. Also, I liked how kind, caring and welcoming she was of her brother's fiancée. It shows how close the Alzates are as a family and I could understand why she wants the same for Ridge. He shouldn't hold onto his anger and hurt forever, otherwise he'll never be completely happy.
While Ridge, it's understandable that he ran from his troubles, instead of facing them head on when things went sour in his relationships with his father and his ex. His father wasn't the best dad growing up, but to do what the old man did was wrong. Also, I could fathom why he decided to be so competitive with his father, as Ridge feels he was never good enough to be a part of the family with being the oldest and a child out of wedlock. Can he finally find the acceptance he wants? Moreover, I liked the decisions he made towards the end when it came to his work, Kaia and his family. He couldn't live without Kaia, which meant needing to let go of the past by finding forgiveness for those that wronged him. The question is: can Ridge do it?
Overall, this book was a wonderful addition to the Cupid, Texas series by Ms. Wilde where the romance was strong, nicely-detailed and made me think that Kaia is a lucky woman to have Ridge in his life, especially once he realizes what he wants most for his future. The way this story ended took me by surprise, because I didn't think Ridge's dad had it in him to do what he did. He's such a stubborn man. Certainly, the saying, like father like son applies to these two when it comes to how stubborn they both are. However, I liked how things worked out between Kaia and Ridge. He certainly knows how to make the heroine feel needed with his words and actions. I would recommend Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Carolyn Brown, Kate Pearce or Linda Lael Miller.
The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.
Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.
Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?