Right Where We Belong (Silver Springs #4) by Brenda Novak

Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her “perfect” life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she’s eager to take control of something. 
Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn’t until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things—even when those things go beyond the farmhouse. 
Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it’s hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands.

This book went all over the place and honestly, I could have done without the ‘extra’ conflict in that was thrown into the mix. I liked Savanna and Gavin together and I think if the story would have focused only on Gavin and Savanna’s complicated backgrounds I would have enjoyed it more. *sigh*

Savanna’s husband (he wasn’t legally her ex, but there was no going back) was truly despicable. She was caught in a nightmare that there was no escaping from no matter how far away she went. I understood her reluctance to trust Gavin, especially when she found out about his background.

Then there was Gavin. I really liked him and admired him, but I wish he would have listened to his mother and brother when it came to judge of character. Things wouldn’t have escalated nearly as far as they did if he had. I’m glad that things worked out, but like I mentioned before, I think the story had enough drama without adding that extra layer.

I’ve read all the books in this series except for the 3rd, Until You Loved Me. I’m planning on picking it up soon though, so stay tuned. 😉

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No One But You (Silver Springs #2) by Brenda Novak

Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn’t enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options.
Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he’s innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs.
As Sadie and Dawson’s professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there’s more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees. He has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for.

I think I may have liked No One But You even more than Finding Our Forever. If I had to put my finger on the reason, I’d have to say it was Dawson. He lost everything when he was accused of his adoptive parents’ murder – including his home town.

All Dawson really wants is to be left alone to bring his family’s farm back to life so he can provide a home for his sister. All Sadie wants is to keep her son safe, happy and away from his emotionally abusive father. Alone, the didn’t stand a chance, but together…

I really liked the connection between Sadie and Dawson. Having the town outcast, who most everyone in town believed still belonged behind bars, fall for the ex of an overly possessive small town policeman who was not only an arrogant bully, but in total denial about the end of his marriage wasn’t the easy way to go, but it definitely kept the pages turning.

Even though this is the second book in Brenda Novak’s Silver Springs series, you won’t be lost if you haven’t read Finding Our Forever. Now that I’ve started though, I won’t be able to stop. Until You Loved me is next and it’s already on my TBR list. 😉

 

Finding Our Forever (Silver Springs #1) by Brenda Novak

The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch’s owner, that she’s really her daughter? Cora’s not sure she can do that, not unless she’s confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner–Aiyana’s adopted son and ranch manager–that decision becomes even more difficult.
Although Elijah can’t deny his deep attraction to Cora, he’s always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there’s something about the ranch’s newest employee that isn’t exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he’s long been waiting for.

Yet another confession… Finding Our Forever is the first book by Brenda Novak that I’ve read. Although I do have a short list of favorite authors, I’m not a huge contemporary M/F reader for the most part. I do like to sneak one in from time to time, so hen I saw this offered for review, I thought I’d give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t blown away either. Don’t let that deter you though because it was a sweet story.

Actually, one of the reasons why I picked this one up was because of the description. I thought that I could relate to Cora. No, I’m not adopted, but I didn’t know my father. To me, he was, and still is, just a name on my birth certificate. The only thing that I was ever told about him was that I really didn’t want to know anything about him. (Try telling that to a teen and see what happens.) I’ve gotten over the curiosity, to an extent, but there’s always that nagging little voice that just wonders… I may never have followed through or pushed the issue, but I still knew exactly what drove Cora to jump at the chance to find her birth mother.

There was a lot more to the story though. Eli was easy to fall for, especially for the way he rose above everything he had gone through as a child. Even the supporting family and friends were great. There was a lot to admire about Aiyana and the life that she built for herself and the boys that she helped. Basically, this was a feel good story that I did enjoy, but things got wrapped up a little too easily. I’m not usually a fan of drama, but there was a lot of build up and tension centered around what Cora was hiding and how she was going to reveal it to everyone. The actual moment was kind of anti-climatic. Regardless, I’m glad I read Finding Our Forever. I’m not sure if I’ll pick up the rest of the Silver Springs series, but you never know. I might even check out some of Brenda Novak’s other series. 😉