Wednesday, August 30, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "Vaughn's Pride"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance, Vaughn's Pride by Selena Laurence
Vaughn's Pride by Selena Laurence
Publisher: Golden Age Press (August 21, 2017)
Series: California Cowboys, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Vaughn Jenkins is the youngest in a long line of proud men. But he was only seventeen when his parents were killed during a storm on a California highway. Seven years later, another stormy night nearly took Vaughn's life. Now he's half a leg lighter, full of shame and doubt, and taking it out on everyone around him, even the woman he's loved most ofl his life.

T.J. Brisco is the girl next door. She and Vaughn grew up together, inseparable friends, then high school sweethearts. But when tragedy strikes, Vaughn retreats and this time is no different. When he refuses to see T.J. she gets assigned as his physical therapist, determined to help him recover from his devastating amputation. But Vaughn's not going to make it easy, and when his anger becomes to much for T.J.'s shattered heart, she decides that their story is over for good.

Now Vaughn is faced with the rest of his life--as an amputee, as a brother, as a man. He misses T.J. deeply, but he's not sure he can be the person she deserves. As T.J. moves on, however, Vaughn falls farther and farther behind. Can he learn to run fast enough to catch up to the only woman he'll ever love? Or will his pride stand in their way forever?



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Vaughn Jenkins is the youngest of the Jenkins brothers. He and his brothers run the family ranch, and have ever since his parents died. He loved the land and work, but a devastating car crash nearly killed him, and he lost a leg in the process. He has been silent, quick to lose his temper and only his niece, Katie, can make him smile. He was released from the hospital with the understanding that he would keep up his PT at the gym his brothers built for the farm. There's a bigger obstacle there:T.J. Brisco.



T.J. and Vaughn were best friends from the time they were seven years old. They did everything together, were welcomed with ease at each other's home, and the families knew they were meant for each other. Their relationship was more difficult in high school though. He didn't invite her to their junior homecoming dance, and was suddenly more interested in dating and hanging out with other girls. But at the same time, he still expected T.J. to be there for him like always. Instead, they broke up. In college they started occasionally texting, and the friendship was back. He wanted more sometimes, even whispering to her he would love her forever. Then his accident happened and normalcy was gone. After a particularly abrasive PT session, she told him she was done. She was going to start living her future, not continue living in the past. Vaughn didn't think he was good enough so he stepped back. He couldn't stay there.



This is a very enjoyable contemporary romance that has a few twist and turns. Vaughn has a secret even his family doesn't know about, but he wants to share it with T.J. She is trying to leave him in the past, but it's a battle she's unable to win. Somehow they are meant to be together, and it's a great read to watch them find their HEA.



4 STARS! 


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the author.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! This sounds great! I did pick up book 1 recently when it was a freebie for her newsletter subscribers, so hopefully I look forward to starting the series.


Have you read Selena Laurence? Are you a sucker for the childhood friends finally turn into something more trope?



Enjoy!



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