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Elise Vickerson waited a long time to gather the courage to flee her abusive marriage. To stay beyond his reach permanently, though, will take money. Getting it will take months of backbreaking labor to resurrect then sell her inherited Wyoming ranch.
With her future hanging in the balance, and her bruises still fresh, Elise will never again play doormat for any man. Except a cowboy from the neighboring spread has a way of firing her imagination—and her temper.
The news of Elise’s arrival sends Cody Campbell tearing through his files for the proof that the Vickerson ranch belongs to him. He’ll have to cool his boot heels until his father returns with the papers, but at least the view is fine—the beautiful, prickly Elise ignites a desire that’s hard to resist.
Elise tries her best to ignore her handsome neighbor, but his kisses, his arms make her feel something she hasn’t felt in a long time. Safe. As long as the specter of her past lurks in every shadow, though, security—and any hope for a future with Cody—can never be hers.
This book has been previously published.
This book contains a feisty woman on the run, a tough-as-nails cowboy who wants to wrangle her, and a villain who won’t give up.
Wyoming Solace is the first book by Alanna Coca that I have read, and also the first historical that I have read in a long time. I enjoyed it a lot. It had a lot of what I like in a book a hot cowboy, a woman finding her inner strength, and her learning not all men are evil.
Elise Vickerson sneaks away in the dead of the night. She leaves behind an abusive husband, a life that was filled with horror, and her name. On the run with her most trusted butler, Daniel, posing as her husband. They flee to the Wyoming ranch she grew up on, and was left to her by her late father. Her plans are to fix it up and sell it to fund her new life. The only problem with the plan for her new life is her neighbor Cody Campbell says her father sold the ranch to his father not long before her father died, but he has to wait till his father gets back from his trip to Texas to prove it because he can’t find the deed. Cody brings out a fire in her, where before was only fear. She doesn’t know if she can trust him not to hurt her, but deep down knows he is different than the husband she left behind.
Cody finds his new neighbor frustrating and intriguing all at the same time. There is something off about her, and he can’t quite figure it out. He tries his best to fight the attraction to her that just keeps growing, and it seems to be mutual. He refuses to do anything about it and hurt Daniel that way. Until the day she is found passed out in his pasture from a kick to the head from a stallion. In her waking delirium she shows some of her past fears, and she must tell him all of her history to keep him from mistakenly hurting Daniel. With all the truth out in the open, can they allow the love that is blossoming to grow? Will the past she left behind find her, and hurt not only her but those she has come to care about??
This was a greatly entertaining return to historicals form me. This story grabbed me from the beginning, and played on all of my emotions. I wanted to fight to protect Elise, but I also wanted to just sit down and hug her. Her life before running was one that you wouldn’t wish on anyone. It was great to watch her rebuild herself, and gain confidence in herself. This was a great step back in time, to a time when women were thought as weaker. I highly recommend y’all check this one out. I will definitely check out more by Alanna Coca.