Jessie McBride barely survived the unexpected death of her loving parents. Forced to fend for herself with few people to depend on while raising her younger cousin, Jessie learned to be self-sufficient. She kept a few friends close and pushed the rest of the world away, along with that helpless, dependent girl she was once. Been there, done that, never again.
It works until Henry Green enters her life, with sentimental tales of his grandpa and family. Jessie is drawn in as Henry strives to take care of the man who raised him. But while Henry is putting things in place for his grandpa to retire, his well-intended controlling ways are smothering Jessie.
Can Henry’s invitation back to life and love tempt Jessie to drop the emotional wall, or will Henry give up on chasing the girl she once was?
Title: CHASING HER TRAIL
Author: Keri Ford
Series: Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas – book 6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Year of release: 2011, November 9
Source: Bought via Smashwords
Jessie stood on the front porch, two steps back from the loose board that had threatened to splinter last time she’d stepped on it.
– when Tiff aims her rifle at Quinn > priceless
– the scene in front of the fire at Jessie’s place > under those blankets wasn’t the only place it was getting hot, though what followed afterwards was not so much hot as devastatingly unexpected
Jessie McBride is softhearted yet determined to be strong and independent, and let no one walk over her again. She’s proud, lonely and stubborn.
Henry Green is tenacious, persuading and a fixer. He sees people in need of help and offers it even though he’s a little forceful about it.
I loved seeing the romance development between Henry and Jessie. And I also really liked the push-and-pull dynamics between them. Jessie would start to cave to Henry’s gentleman chivalry and accept his help and then turn it down when she’d remember she wants to look out for and take care of herself and not rely on anyone else, certainly not Henry. Even though Henry can be a bit forceful in his desire to take care of Jessie, he’s also very sweet and considerate to her.
As always I really enjoyed Keri Ford’s writing. It’s emotional and shows pure sentiments. Though this book is marked as an erotic romance but I’d rather say it was sexy. The romance is sweet and the love scenes are sexy but I would not classify them as erotic.
Where the other books of this series, were more of the light and fun variety, this final installment had a slightly different vibe to it. Though the humorous voice of Keri Ford shone through very clearly, emotionally it was a bit heavier than the others but I liked that. It gave the book that little bit extra to it.
On the one hand I am sad to see this series end with Jessie’s story. On the other I’m also very much looking forward to the spin-off that’s coming this year. I’ve seen the covers, now waiting anxiously for the cover copy to be revealed.
He winced. “Maybe that wasn’t the best phrase to use.”
She stood. “You think? Let me tell you one thing. I have been taking care of myself for years without your help, so you can take your shining armor and shove it up your ass. I don’t need your help. I don’t need anyone’s help. Tomorrow my fireplace will be dried out and I’ll be going back home.”
For just a few hours today, Jessie was going to let all her worries go and let someone take care of her. Do as he wanted with her. Tomorrow she’d go back to work. And her schedule and her needs. But today, she was going to be at the mercy of Henry’s hands.