Come the Spring by Julie Garwood
Book with Military/Civil Servant
Rate 4 stars
Cole Clayborne had always walked a dark path and flirted with a life of crime. While his three brothers chose to settle into married life, Cole rebelliously refused to be tied down. Now, an elusive stranger draws him into a shadowy chase that will bring unexpected turns to his uncertain future -- and may determine which side of the law the restless Cole favors. A tragic, heartbreaking loss drives U.S. Marshal Daniel Ryan on a quest for vengeance -- and leads him to a beautiful young woman, the sole witness to a terrible crime. But the lawman finds that love is the greatest trial of all as he unwittingly draws her into the line of fire. The power and drama of their blossoming passion, entwined with the surprising destiny of the wayward Cole, make Come the Spring a superbly entertaining adventure inside the heart of "a family whose love and loyalty will truly inspire"
I liked the first in the series ok, "For the Roses" and the collection of 3 "One Pink/White/Red Rose" was good too. I didn't love them to be honest. I liked them alright, but didn't love them. I will say, that "Come the Spring" is my favorite of the series. I found myself liking Cole best after Adam. I liked that Cole got his own, story with Daniel Ryan. I liked that He fell for Jessica, the single mom. I liked the humor between Cole and Daniel with the 3 ladies. I would have liked more...sexual tension. It felt one-sided. I really felt like this book was written very much from the male point of view. I felt a connection with them, more than I did with the women. (which is kinda unusual for a "romance" novel.) I gave this a 4. I would have given it a 4.5 if I hadn't guessed the "bad guy" so early in the story. I knew it about the time of the fire, for sure but had inklings before. I was expecting that Daniel was going to turn out to be Cole's brother. (biological from New York) but that would have been too expected, so even though I love Daniel and Cole and in my heart want them to be brothers, I'm glad that Julie Garwood didn't go to that too expected place.