I downloaded Secret Heart recently when searching for free horse related books on Amazon. This story focuses on single mother Layla, her son Mason and the man who is the father of her child, Nate.
Layla has grown up in a family that takes whatever they can get. They are lazy and willing to work the system to get ‘paid’ so that they can live the luxurious life they desire. Desperate to get out from under this stigma of her family, Layla works hard to provide for her son and keep her run down rental in working order. She is happy to fly under the radar with two close friends – her baby sitter and the grandmother of her son.
Nate has been living a fast life on the rodeo circuit, a well known bull rider. But one bad ride brings all he has achieved crashing down around him. Suddenly he has no riding career and a damaged body. On top of this, he loses his land, his horses and his nerve for riding bulls. Nate returns to the town of Three Rivers with his tail between his legs and no idea what to do now.
Running into Layla reminds him of the time they’d had before he went off on the rodeo circuit. Layla is desperate to keep the fact that she has a son away from Nate. This gets harder as she finally agrees to a date with the bull rider and finds that there is potential for future dates.
Secret Heart was an entertaining read about two people investing in each other in spite of thinking they don’t have a lot to offer. Horses featured lightly but not to the extent that I would have liked. That said, the book was an enjoyable read.
Author – Amity Lassiter
Fiction – Western Romance for Adults
In my library – a digital copy.