The last thing widow Juliet Grayson needs is a man in her life. Between caring for her two young sons and maintaining her husband's ranch, her hands are more than full. Then she meets Griff Warren. With his quiet strength and his easy way with her boys, she's tempted to trust him. But if there's anything she's learned, it's that love only leads to heartbreak.
Former Marine Griff Warren never thought he'd settle down. Rebellious and proud, he's always been on his own . . . until the father he never knew he had died, leaving him with land that is his legacy and brothers to share the load. He doesn't need more than that. But Juliet touches something deep inside him—and he wants nothing more than to protect her and her sons. Now if only he can convince her to take a second chance at true love.
Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 2 out of 5
Rating: 3-3.5 out of 5
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- The set up was fantastic--Both Griff and Juliet are new to the area. She's inherited her husband's family ranch after he passed away and Griff's getting to know the family he never knew existed until his mother passed away and told him in one final letter who his father had been. It was sad and sweet at the same time watching them try to figure out their new lives and adjust to life on a ranch.
- The romance--Was very light in my opinion and built slowly as Griff spent time with Juliet and her boys making sure they were safe from harm and slowly started helping around her ranch. They had an easy thing about them for the most part but could have their own little drama as they dealt with the past and guilt on her part from moving on after losing the husband she loved so dearly. But then they fell into place and were sweet and heart warming and adding the two little boys into the mix it was just a nice dynamic all around as the four of them found their 'family' and healed each other.
- Griff was a great hero. He's handsome and has a solid strength about him. Is honorable and protective of those around him. He's also still adjusting to life with his new found family and figuring out his place. He was so damn sweet with Juliet's kids and with her too really. Always putting them first and just being a stand up guy.
- Juliet wasn't bad either. She's been through a lot the last few years but instead of complaining when things get hard and life is beating her up she digs in and shoves back. I really liked that about her. She's making a place for herself, doing what she's passionate about--she provides horse therapy for injured soldiers where they can come and get out of their wheelchairs and ride horses--and was just a fantastic mama to her little boys.
- The secondary characters--This is really just a great family that's surrounding Griff. They're warm and open. Caring. You can tell they love each other and have a huge sense of community. And they welcomed Juliet and her boys in an instant. It was hard not to love them and be a little jealous of the closeness they all had.
- There was a very 50s sitcom sugary feel at times when the family is all together where you could almost hear the laugh track playing. It wasn't all the time--mainly just when they were all together at meals and teasing/laughing together. It wasn't a horrible thing just a little too sugary sweet when those moments hit for my taste.
- the kids ages-- I really liked both of of Juliet's little boys but kids are so hard for me to read. One was 3 and one 6. I don't know...how much do three year olds talk? To me he seemed much older than his 3 years with the exception of an occasional mispronunciation of a word here or there. I don't know why that bothers me but it does a little.
Overall, The Rebel of Copper Creek was a touching story of finding your place, your inner strength and the people you call family. While it wasn't a perfect read for me it was still a lovely one and left me curious about the rest of the members of this family. I'm sure I'll be picking them up eventually. Ryan definitely knows how to bring a community and family to life in a way that makes you long to be a part of the group.
Have you read Ryan? What did you think?
Do you like reading about heroes or heroines with children?
What was the last read where you thought 'oh I'd love to be part of this group'?