Zebra Books, a division of Kensington Publishing Corp.
$6.99 US/$8.99 CAN
Rating: 4 cups
Doctor Coleridge Monroe has undergone some big changes in his life. After losing both of his parents, he became the sole parental figure for his younger sister, Whitley. His fiancée broke their engagement and now there is a letter telling him that he has been chosen as the town doctor for a place called Reidsville, Colorado, a place he has never heard of.
Runt Abbot is a young woman who, for her entire life, has been raised as a boy. Her father refused to acknowledge that she was a woman until a rape gets her pregnant. Imagine Reidsville residents surprise when they discover the hell-raiser they always knew as the man, Runt, turns out to be a beautiful young woman named Rhyne.
Realizing the letter to Reidsville was submitted by his sister, who needs the change, Cole takes the job. The pace is certainly different and the emotional baggage of problems from New York have been left behind. Cole’s first run-in with Runt/Rhyne leaves him without a horse to return to town. His second finds Runt/Rhyne bleeding on the hill. Only then does he realize that this legend is truly a woman. With some help from the sheriff’s wife, Cole convinces Rhyne to move to Reidsville away from her abusive father. Who would have imagined that Runt Abbot would catch the eye of the doctor from the big city?
The residents of Reidsville welcome the reader in and make them feel at home. It feels like such a lovely place full of vivid characters that come to life. Watching the love blossom between Cole and Rhyne made the darkness found within the pages worthwhile. There were moments when I laughed out loud and others where I wept. Ms. Goodman has made Rhyne such a strong woman despite all that she has been through and I especially adored that. Rhyne does have a discussion with her father about her rape, but for me, the abuse Rhyne suffers at her father’s hand is much more disturbing.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More