Maria Villanueva is still unhappy that her brother was taken from her and put into a foster home—which was really a boys’ ranch—four and a half years before. When she finishes her education, she moves to the town closest to his location to start a business and be close to her brother. She expresses her unhappiness for the situation with one of the brothers running the ranch, and he makes sure she spends more time there to see what the ranch is really like.
Ephraim McClain knows within minutes of meeting Maria that she is the woman he’s destined to spend his life with. He offers her the first client for her new business, and does his best to make sure she’s always around him. As they get to know one another, he loses his heart. Will she be able to understand that the ranch is a good place? Or will she continue to battle with her feelings for him?
Series: Seven Sons #5
Author: Kirsten Osbourne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 6, 2017
My Rating: 4 stars
Maria and Ephraim’s romance is a fun adventure with a woman who in many ways resents the McClain family for separating her from her brother after their parents’ deaths. Although it was the state that said she was too medically fragile to take responsibility for Michael, Maria still doesn’t trust anyone at the boy’s ranch, at all. In fact, she’s opening her new nutrition shop in the nearby small town simply to be near enough to keep a sister’s eye on Michael and those who are taking care of him. So there is a bit of animosity on Maria’s part when she first meets Ephraim, and she’s not afraid to show it. Watching Maria slowly have her eyes opened to the good that the McClain family does with the foster boys is touching and at times amusing.
Ephraim knows even without his father’s announcement that Maria is his. It’s simply a knowing that he has no intention of fighting. Now he simply has to convince a mistrustful Maria that she can trust him with her heart and her brother. Ephraim’s reveal of his abilities doesn’t go quite as planned and Maria is even more unsure of the attraction she’s starting to feel for this man she shouldn’t trust.
As always the McClain family will delight with their closeness and believable personalities. I had fun with Ephraim, and if you’ve followed the series then you will, too. You don’t have to, I suppose, read the stories in order but since some things do flow from one brother’s romance to the next I’d certainly suggest that they be read in order. I’d recommend this series to any Romance reader who enjoys a fun family, some special abilities and a good solid romance every time.
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