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Jackson (Restoration Ranch #1)TITLE: Jackson by LaQuette
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Release Date: February 23rd, 2021
Format: audiobook & kindle edition (11 hrs); 344 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Eboni Flowers
Blurb: Aja Everett longs to turn her old family ranch into a place where anyone can find rest and healing. But her big heart’s bound to get her in trouble if she’s not careful—someone wants her gone, and they’ll do whatever it takes to drive her away from the land that’s her lifeblood. Whether she’s willing to admit it or not, she needs help.

She needs a man like Ranger Jackson Dean.

Jackson doesn’t trust love. He once made the mistake of following his heart and all he’d gotten was pain in return. But when city-slicking do-gooder Aja Everett asks for his help, he can’t stay away…and as attraction sizzles and protective instincts flare, she may be the only woman able to restore the heart of this Texas Ranger.

Get out your fans for this steamy contemporary romance which features a hunky Texas Ranger with trust issues and a confident, sexy, full-figured heroine who believes in the best in people. Sometimes oil and water are meant to mix.

Aja left her law firm to run Restoration Ranch in Texas which was a property that dates back to her great grandfather who was a freed man (former slave). She was no nonsense, decisive and capable but someone was determined for her ranch to fail.
Strange occurrences kept happening until Aja realized that someone was trying to hurt her in their attempt to keep her from succeeding.
Jackson Dean and his deputies came to investigate and sparks flew between Aja and Jackson.
The two slowly reconciled their growing feelings as Jackson tried to figure out who was sabotaging Aja’s ranch.

I listened to this book. It was a typical romantic suspense story but the author gave us a heroine I could and did respect. She was strong, smart and confident. She wasn’t a size 2 and she was okay with that. She loved cooking for people even though it reminded her of her fractured family situation. Jackson was a hero that was dependable, professional and sexy. The combination just worked.

The only issue I had was the pacing of the story and the villain was a stretch. But this is a foundation story as I’m sure more things will come out In the subsequent installments of this series.
A good start to a new series and I plan to read Connor’s book when it comes out.

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