Home at Chestnut Creek by Laura Drake _ Book Review


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Release Date: July 2nd 2019

From an award-winning author who “writes real cowboys with heart and soul” (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes an unforgettable western romance about two strangers who learn that home is where the heart is. . .

First rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it’s just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she’s never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek Café looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she’s built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn’t yet convinced she deserves…

While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph “Fishing Eagle” King still feels like an outsider-no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada’s biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it’s clear she’s not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she’ll have to decide whether to keep running, or fight for what’s hers.


[I received a digital arc from netgalley for an honest review]

Home at Chestnut Creek is the second stand alone in Laura Drake’s Chestnut Creek series. I read the first book and it was good, I enjoyed this one much more. We met Nevada Sweet in the first book and I couldn’t wait to learn more about who she was behind all her attitude.

Most of the time, Nevada is like a prickly pear, but this afternoon, it was like the cactus’s flower opened, rare, vibrant … beautiful. I felt pulled like a bee to the sweetness.

Nevada Sweet is on the run from some very bad people. She decides to lie low for a while in Chestnut Creek before she heads back into the wind. However, she didn’t plan on a making friends and finding safety and peace in a good-looking Navajo cook. Joseph King is running from his own bad choices from his past and the last thing he wants to do is fall for someone to separate him from his Navajo community even more than he already is. As time passes and their feelings can’t be ignored any longer, he has to convince her that he’s in this for the long haul even when her past catches up to her.

I want you, Nevada Sweet. Not just your body. I want your mind. Your spirit. You heal parts of me that I’d hidden away.

Joseph and Nevada are both great, strong complex characters. She tries to be so strong and brave all the time but Joseph allows her to breathe and finally relax for once. He brings out her sensitive side and when they come together their passion is as loving and sensual as I anticipated it to be. I also really enjoyed all the Navajo history and culture we learn right alone with Nevada. It made this western romance stand out from the typical cowboy romance.

I have hope the Chestnut Creek series will continue to get better and better with each book in the series. I’m really looking forward to seeing who will find their happy next.


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