Title: Runaway Heart
Author: Amity Lassiter
Series: Hearts of Three Rivers
Published: September 23rd 2014
Goodreads Rating: 4.38
My Rating: 4/5
“Got given an ARC from the author for and honest review”
Ren Maddock wouldn’t call herself a runaway, but when she’s backed into a corner by a childhood she’d rather forget, she’s chosen flight every time. With her teenage sister in tow, Ren picks Three Rivers, Colorado and hopes that it will provide them with the quiet, simple life she’s been looking for. She doesn’t expect responding to a job ad will have her suddenly wanting to break her only hard and fast rule: never lay down roots.
Dane Baylor already has his hands full running the family cattle operation when a tragic accident leaves him as his young nephew’s legal guardian. Before long, he finds himself over his head and desperate not to betray the trust his brother put in him. He doesn’t know how badly he needs Ren until she shows up and balances out not only his life but his heart.
For the first time in years, Ren feels safe, and despite her best efforts, believing in the happy life she could have with the man who offers her the love she’s never known. But when her past comes knocking, threatening her new family and her new life, she may have no choice but to fight for everything she holds dear.
Dane Baylor felt the thud of dead weight hitting the ground in the soles of his boots before he ever heard the scream.
Dane would sweep you off your feet. He’s a rancher with great work ethic who’s loyal to his family. He takes on the guardian responsibility when his younger brother and his wife tragically die leaving him with their son. This is when he hires Ren who has her own tragic past which, she and her sister is running away from. This has a classical romance feeling to the story that I enjoyed very much. I loved meeting the Baylor clan and would like to know more about the family. I’d be interested in knowing their stories too in Amity’s other books.
I loved the characters in this book. Ren was self-sufficient and she had her own morals and has sacrificed so much for her baby sister. I loved the picture of how the author painted Three Rivers and the friendly people there. It made me wish that I could live there or at least meet everyone that does. It was a brilliant combination of trouble and romance.