Ten years ago, Nick Noble stormed away from his family's ranch in Phillips, Montana, with no intentions of ever returning. However, when his father dies and leaves part of the ranch to Nick's ex-best friend, Cole St. John, Nick returns to the Silver Buckle with an unswerving tenacity bent on keeping Cole out of his family's legacy. Nick's anger is grounded in a belief that Cole is out to take his family's fortune just like he stole Maggie- Nick's high school flame. Meanwhile, journalist Piper Sullivan arrives at the Silver Buckle with her own agenda. Under the pretense of being a ranch cook, Piper believes she will be able to get close enough to Nick to gather evidence that he framed her brother for murder. However, as she begins to spend more and more time with Nick, she comes to understand that he had no ill intent when he arrested her brother. As the two grow closer and begin to fall for each other, Piper becomes an instrumental healing agent for Nick in taking responsibility for his past mistakes and finding hope for the future as family secrets and attempts to sabotage the family's ranching business begin to unravel his world.
Reclaiming Nick contains all of the elements of a good drama-laced embittered family legacy story- rich boy gone rogue, struggling ranch that has been in the family for generations, affairs of the heart, deception, and having to cope with never feeling good enough. Although the first part of the novel deals largely with Nick's anger and bitterness from the past and his actions at times resemble annoying adult temper tantrums, the story soon kicks into high gear unfolding a complicated plot full of excitement! This is one of those stories that you think you know what's going to happen but the reader gasps when the truth is revealed. While at times the varying themes may have seemed a tangled mess, Warren brings everything together with an ending that had me reeling with surprise! Can't wait to read the next two novels in this series!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated for this review in any way.
Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at www.susanmaywarren.com.