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Beauty and the Brit by Lizbeth Selvig

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When teenager Bonnie gets herself into trouble with an inner-city gang, Rio Montoya and sister Bonnie take refuge in the Minneapolis youth center where David Pitts-Matherson volunteers. When the gang then burns down Montoya’s house, David offers to have them stay at his horse ranch in rural Kennison Falls.

David, who is sexy, British and a war vet, is not your typical cowboy, and Rio refuses to be anyone’s charity case while they are guests. Rio has always been a horse lover and is not only falling for the land, the horses and small town atmosphere, but also for David, who has been a source a safety in the storm.

Soon David’s mom visits from overseas and brings his Kate Middleton-esque ex-finance, which threatens her budding romance with David. What’s more is Hector and his gang step-up their threats and the strong-willed Rio might have to rely on the kind-hearted and gentle Brit more than she ever anticipated.

What may sound far-fetched is plausibly executed by Selvig (Rescued by a Stranger) in this third book in the Kennison Falls Saga series. The romance between Rio and David builds slowly and surely, giving readers time to get to know her characters, and the story ends on a satisfying and uplifting note.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, October 16, 2014

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