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To Love and to Cherish (Cactus Creek…

To Love and to Cherish (Cactus Creek Cowboys)

by Leigh Greenwood

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To Love and To Cherish is the second book and this story features Laurie Spencer and Jared Smith. Laurie Spencer is another of the three female cousins that were introduced to us in the first book. Laurie has just become a widow, her husband having passed away from a heart attack. Laurie is a beautiful woman, but her husband was very controlling in every aspect. He was insanely jealous, and forced her to wear unattractive clothing and she was always by his side, since he didn’t want her to attract male attention. Laurie is shocked to learn that she didn’t inherit everything so that she could be financially secure. He left it to his brother to dish out to her when he felt she needed it. The last thing Laurie wants is to be controlled and have no freedom once more. But she has money, lots of it….money only she knows about. So she makes a pact with handsome rancher, Jared Smith. She will give him her money so he can purchase his cattle if he will let her be his partner in the ranch and so she goes to cook and clean for his crew while learning the ropes of the ranch. Jared will have to be forced to choose over Laurie and the love he has for her or making sure his brother and his men get the money that is owed them.

To Love and To Cherish is a spectacular story that I couldn’t get enough of. I was able to listen to this one, since it was available through Hoopla (my library’s audiobook system). It was great to see a continuation of the first book….the people of the wagon train have settled in Arizona, built a nice town and are prospering. It was great fun to see characters from the first book in this story. I grew to really like Laurie. She has great strength and character, bold and goes after what she wants. She isn’t about to bow down to another man and stands on her own which was quite amusing to watch at times. The romance between Jared and Laurie is full of great chemistry from the beginning. It was a different experience seeing them act on their desire for each other pretty early in the book. We see how their emotional bond is built and gets put to the test. This was quite a wonderful story to read, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I loved seeing the love story take place on a ranch, and seeing the way the ranch hands are all like a family and they take to Laurie instantly. A great spin of a romance, and a western that I would recommend to anyone that loves a great historical love story!! The ending just about made me tear up like crazy….we see some great emotional bonds that get formed and not just between our main couple….It will knock your socks off. ( )
  addictofromance | Dec 27, 2015 |
Liked it. Good story :) Full review to come closer to release day.

***Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*** ( )
  Chrystina.Williams | Dec 4, 2015 |
I found this story to be well written and endearing. Leigh Greenwood's character development easily allowed me to like (or dislike) all of Cactus Creek's citizens. I liked the plot because it wasn't just a love story; it was a story about a young and smart woman finding her resolve and about a kind man not giving up on finding a long lost family member. Overall, I found this to be a nice "Happily Ever After" with a western twist. I recommend 'To Love and to Cherish' if you enjoy historical romances and are looking for a quick and delightful read. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads for an honest review. ( )
  ofeliasainz | Nov 25, 2014 |
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