Callie Daniels’ mother has one dying wish. She wants neighboring rancher, Garrett O’Neill, to marry her seventeen year old daughter. It’s not supposed to be a conventional marriage.Garrett O’Neill would keep Callie’s ranch safe and Callie would go away to college.

Four years later, Callie comes home with stars in her eyes and happily ever after in her heart. She plans to make their marriage real until finds the new housekeeper, Sylvie in Garrett’s arms.

Heartbroken, Callie takes off to her own house, which they closed up four years ago. She stays there with Old Henry, a longtime friend and ranch hand, until her new horse injures her. Garrett forces Callie to move back in to his house.

Callie finally gets her heart’s desire. Alone in a line shack, they make sweet love for the first time. Unfortunately the love light is gone from Garret’s eyes the next morning.

Titles in the Lasso Springs series include:  Callie’s Heart – Lone Star Joy – Stetson’s Storm

Title:  Callie’s Heart
Series:  Lasso Springs #1
Author:  Kathleen Ball
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  January 25, 2017
My Rating:  4 stars

It’s been a few hours since I finished Callie’s Heart, and the truth is I’m still reeling, trying to figure out just how to talk about this story without giving away too much in the process.  There is so much thrown at this couple, sometimes they each are their own worst enemies.  Then add in the outside forces, the danger, the mystery, the betrayals and the plot turns… well, it’s complicated in a way that saying too much might give other things away.

One thing I believe it’s safe to say is that Garret acted like a total ass for the majority of this story.  I don’t really care if he had the best of intentions, his delivery of those “good intentions” put him on the top of my characters who are asses list.  Callie, bless her heart, made so many assumptions that she often brought about the pain she was experiencing by her own actions.  And I don’t think I’ve ever met a couple who had more bad situations tossed at them one after the other with no let up in sight.

But the thing is, I liked them both.  Underneath their, at times confusing actions, I really liked who they were individually and as a couple.  In a large group of interesting secondary characters some stand out.  Old Henry, how we all should have had as fierce of a protector at that man.  Of course, Stamos is a delightful character.  We have villains to add to the mix.  And one person, Bailey, who seemed too over the top for her place in the story.  I don’t know why but she sticks out to me as a ‘she didn’t have to act that way’ kind of character. (and coming back for an edit since I just completed the next story – and now I know why Bailey felt so “off” to me… yeah, watch out for this little…witch)

There is plenty of fast paced action in Callie’s Heart.  And I really doubt that you’ll pick out all the “bad guys” before the ending.  Some situations our couple brings upon themselves by their actions – others are from outside forces who are really nasty pieces of work.  The mystery, the danger, the constant wondering who exactly every person really is keeps this as an enticing mystery romance.

I enjoyed this one, I’d recommend it – and I’ll be picking up the next story in this series in the next few days.  Callie’s Heart has a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of emotions.  It will be hard to walk away from this one without letting some of those emotions out.

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