Title: Rein In
Series: Willow Bay Stables #3
Author: Anne Jolin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Aurora Daniels is the bleeding heart of her family. With a gift and a passion for helping to heal others, she has a legacy of kindness and gratitude—a modern-day saint.
Every Sunday since she turned eighteen, Aurora has driven three hours into the city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she volunteers at an equine facility that rehabilitates troubled youth by working with horses. With their increasing success rate, the facility is expanding to foster violent parolees in hopes of a more effective release into society.
Assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder—that’s what it says under the name on his sheet. Rhys White is released on good behaviour and promises to remain under contract for community service at the Equine for Hearts facility for a court-ordered period of twelve months.
Willow Bay’s saint may have stumbled across the one sinner who can’t be saved from himself.
Will Aurora be able to rein in Rhys’s quest for revenge before it’s too late? Or will she spend the rest of her life loving a man behind bars?
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He was interrupted by the sound of a convertible pulling into the space next to us. The speakers were blaring some kind of racket that made my brain feel like I was going to have a seizure.
Some guy folded out from behind the wheel and Dirt nearly choked on his chew at the sight of him.
He looked like an asshole with his pink sweater folded over his shoulders and one of those polo shirts that looked like it belonged to a rowing club. When he rounded the hood of the car, Fun Bobby’s upper lip curled in disgust. I fought back a grin. This ass hat was wearing loafers.
“Morning, baby girl.” Glitch hollered over the sound of the car stereo.
I let my eyes follow his and land on her blonde hair in the passenger seat. It was light, almost white in the sun and so long it fell well past her shoulders.
The loafer guy held open her door and long legs stretched into my line of vision. She wore those cut of jean shorts, the kind a girl in a country song would wear, but hers were more tasteful, covering the round curves of her ass completely but not hiding them either.
Stretched over her chest was the token white volunteer shirt, she was here to work.
When she stood in front of him, she slung a backpack over her shoulder and waved in our direction.
If you’d ever seen an angel after a bad dream, it felt like that in the air when she smiled.
He pulled her into his chest by her upper arm and dove into her mouth.
My chest rumbled and Glitch widened his eyes in my direction.
I hadn’t seen or felt a woman since I was a teenager and it almost hurt my heart to look at her. She was the picture of all the years that I gave away. She was a breathing memory of everything I missed out on.
Stuffing my hands in my pockets, I let loafers live his dream against her lips.
What did I have against the puke anyway? Let him be happy.
So if you’ve followed my blog at all, you know I’ve reviewed the earlier books in this series. I adored “Change Rein” and “Eight-Second Ride”, which are London and Owen’s stories. But all this time, I knew Aurora would get her story. In “Eight-Second Ride”, we know Aurora is dating Wells, this sort of pretentious, preppy guy she knows. Even in that book, no one really likes him. So I was beyond happy to see that Aurora ditches him quickly in this book.
This is an Anne Jolin story we are talking about here, so I’ll just say I loved it since I love everything from Anne Jolin. But in all seriousness, I thought this book was such a great way to end this series. This book deals with some more complex issues, while still maintaining a lot of the charm that is found within the other books.
**Side nore: this book is a part of the Willow Bay Stables series, but if this was your first book from Anne Jolin, you would be able to follow the story just fine.**
One thing that I simultaneously loved, and also hated, about Rhys was how responsible he was. When he was charged with a crime, he just admitted his guilt and didn’t try to fight anything. Even though he should have. He initially runs from Aurora, but once they get to know one another, he isn’t afraid to tell Aurora how he feels.
I think that was actually my favorite aspect of this entire book. This couple faced drama but it was never drama between them. They experienced things together. I never like seeing characters hurt or suffering, but with this couple, I was happy to see them face things as a team, as opposed to them pushing and pulling each other around.
I really related to Aurora. At one point in the book, she makes a comment to Rhys about everyone saying she has a big heart, and that she compares it to when someone tells you they like something or something is good, when really it isn’t. I already liked Aurora’s character but this was the pivotal moment for me that changed everything. I knew EXACTLY what Aurora meant with that comment because I’ve felt that way about myself before. It can be so hard to know your value, your worth, when we don’t see what others see in us.
I would absolutely recommend this book. I have loved this entire series from the first time I met the Daniels family and I continue to love them, even though the series is complete now.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE WILLOW BAY STABLES SERIES
#1 Change Rein
#2 Eight-Second Ride
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