Ellie Harrison is a young widow now running the ranch of her adopted family. She's a single mom to 12-year-old Jody and trying to pay the bills so her and her mother-in-law, Jenna, don't get thrown out on their ear. As a way to make some extra cash, Ellie agrees to let a movie shoot on her property. Arriving on her doorstep is Fitz Kelleran, Hollywood heart-throb, world-class charmer, and the guy who's starlet girlfriend just dumped him on The Tonight Show.
What follows is an interesting blend of fantasy and reality. The Hollywood actor who falls in love with the normal, everyday, "nobody" woman. This storyline can work. Heck, it has worked - that's why authors keep writing it. Unfortunately, in this instance, it's a little uneven.
This is the first book in a trilogy, and while I liked almost all of them, there are quite a few secondary characters here. There are also a couple of secondary story lines going on - namely Fitz's desire to shoot a remake of The Virginian and a romance between Jenna and a younger ranch hand. It pulls some focus away from the primary romance, which probably could have used the added attention.
What we have here is a good old fashioned adversarial romance, and it just didn't work for me, because half the time I couldn't figure out why the heroine didn't just pull the stick out of her
So it's kind of a mixed bag here. I liked the secondary characters. I liked Fitz. But Ellie? Meh. Which places this firmly on my average scale. Not sorry I read it, not sorry I have more books by this author in my TBR, but not "suffering" from good book afterglow either.
Final Grade = C+