REINING HER IN by Katie Ashley

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The last time I saw Declan St. James was at our rehearsal dinner. That was shortly before he jilted me at the altar. To avoid the swarm of whispers and finger pointing every time I dared to show my face in public, I fled two hours south to Atlanta and never looked back. Over the last decade, I’d planned hundreds of scenarios about how our next meeting would go down. The expletives I’d hurl at him. Which knee I might use to annihilate his balls. Which dimpled cheek on his ridiculously handsome face I would send a stinging slap across.

But being elbow deep in a cow’s ass was not one of them.

Normally, I didn’t get up close and personal to a bovine’s rectum. At least not since veterinarian school. But desperate times found me back home to attend my grandfather’s funeral, who happened to be the town’s large animal vet. Those two facts had left me wading through manure in Roy Wallace’s pasture to care for a distressed heifer.

While time and maturity seemed to have changed him from the boy I knew, I still wasn’t falling for his charm. Or his hard, chiseled body. Or ass you could eat dinner off of.

No, I wasn’t going back down that street again. Unfortunately, Declan didn’t seem to get the message. Instead, he seemed as stubborn as he ever was and ready for a fight. It’ll be the fight of his life for me to let him back in my heart.

My Review

The hero and heroine in Katie Ashley’s newest release share a complicated past – one that still burdens both of them, mainly because since the day that Declan St. James jilted Peyton Beasley at the altar over a decade ago, they’ve never spoken, which means that Declan’s never apologized and Peyton’s never dealt with all of the emotions that have festered inside for the past ten years. 

Returning to and remaining in Hayesville was something Peyton hadn’t planned to do, especially since Declan never left their hometown, so when her hand is forced, she does her best to steer clear of her ex because her hurt feelings are still so raw due to the man things left unsaid between them.

As a second chance romance lover, the determining factor when it comes to the hero and heroine and my enjoyment of the story is in regards to the characters’ maturation. Despite past mistakes made, regardless of how big or small, I want to be able to see them grow as people and understand that who they were before is no longer who they are now, and this definitely applies to Declan and Peyton, and even though it takes Peyton a bit longer than Declan, which makes sense given the heartache he caused her, by the time their story is complete, the past has been dealt with and the present and perhaps the future are the only things that matter.

Reining Her In is a sweet second chance romance set in a small town. It’s a story about forgiveness, about not being stuck in the past, about understanding that other people’s decisions don’t and shouldn’t control anyone else’s life, and what I appreciated about the story the most was the fact that Ashley didn’t add unnecessary obstacles to keep Declan and Peyton apart – the focus is on letting go of the past and moving forward, which is exactly what both of these characters needed.

4 Poison Apples

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Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.

Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.

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