Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Love to Last by Kelsey Browning

Title: A Love To Last
Author: Kelsey Browning 
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Prophesy of Love #1
Main Characters: Laney and Cal
Release Date: November 2015
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Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Her boots were made for walking…

Drifter Delaney Shields plans to breeze through Prophecy, Texas, before setting off on an around-the-world trip of a lifetime. She never expects to see sexy-as-sin Cal Maddox, the man she ran out on a decade ago. One look between them and their past attraction ignites, flaming hotter than ever. But acting on it would be disastrous because she’s not the sticking kind, and Cal has roots a mile deep.

Cal Maddox left the military only to find both the health of his dad and his hometown failing. When Delaney walks into his father’s custom boot shop, she spurs emotional memories and sexual fantasies Cal has no business indulging in. Especially once he realizes she’s the next Prophecy bootmaker, the only person who can design custom cowboy boots with the power to change a person’s destiny. But if fanning those old flames will keep her in Prophecy, he’s willing to take the heat, even if it means keeping secrets and risking his heart again.



Duty and desire throw Cal and Delaney together, but will their feelings be strong enough to forge a new bond or will they destroy their second chance at love?

My Review:
This book...I sat on my couch reading it one Sunday morning with my husband sitting beside me. I drove him crazy raving about just how good and creative this book is that entire morning. I loved it so much.

Prophesy is a fictional little town in Texas that has basically been built around the Prophesy Boot Company. Every generation there is a prophesy boot maker who has the gift to make the boots. For this generation that person is Laney, but she doesn't want to stay in Prophesy...she doesn't want to accept her gift. There's too much risk involved if she stays in one place. She will either get hurt or will hurt someone she loves...neither are outcomes that Laney is willing to risk. But despite everything, she does love Prophesy and the boot company and Whit, the man who's health is failing but is the current boot maker. 

On the flip side of Laney is Cal. He came home from the Army and doesn't plan to leave Prophesy again. Whit is his dad and they both suffered when Laney took off. Cal doesn't trust her to stay this time, but the town is counting on her. He has to convince her...for the good of the town and the legacy of the boot company. 

This book was so incredibly creative. The boot company is like any other custom boot company, but every year there is a lottery for twelve people to get the special prophesy boots. The legend goes that those boots are magic/blessed and the owner will find their one true love and live happily ever after. That's the gift Laney refuses to accept. When she was apprenticing under Whit, trying to channel that gift went very wrong. She won't hurt anyone else ever again. It terrifies her. And Cal terrifies her even more. 

Truly this is a book about the love of cowboy boots as much as it is about the love affair between these two people. I live in Texas and have some gorgeous cowboy boots that I love. Reading this book, I could see every aspect of the construction of the boots. The author's descriptions of the boots and the process used to create them was incredibly fascinating. I'm lucky that my small West Texas town has a custom boot-maker in town. I fully plan to visit his shop this week. I'm enamored with the process now and want to walk into the store, inhaling that distinctive smell of leather and peruse the rows filled with hand-tooled vamps and inlaid designs.

I just loved the book. Part of that is because this book featured a huge symbol of Texas, my home, in the boots and the author made me love them even more. But mainly, I loved this book because I fell in love with Laney and Cal. I wanted to see them get their HEA after so many years apart. I hate that they both got their hearts broken when Laney ran before, but that's what makes second chance love stories so good. Those deep emotions are still there. The trust just has to be rebuilt and the way that Kelsey Browning crafted this story, she created a wonderful second chance at love that I could cheer for. 

I enjoyed it thoroughly, even though there were a few tears along the way. It was a beautiful story and I'm looking forward to more in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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