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Friday, October 9, 2015

Blog Tour/Review ♥ Love Somebody Like You by Susan Fox ♥ #giveaway

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Caribou Crossing #6
Susan Fox
Released Sept 29th,2015
Kensington: Zebra

its breathtaking terrain and welcoming people, the Western town of Caribou
Crossing is the perfect place for a heart to heal, and
for love to blossom once more…
Since the death of her husband three
years ago, young widow Sally Ryland has kept to herself and focused on her
struggling business, Ryland Riding. Folks assume she’s still grieving, because
Sally has never shared the truth about her abusive marriage, or the trust
issues that remain. But when a sexy rodeo rider from her past turns up for a
visit, he’s a reminder of the feisty woman she once was—and maybe still could
Ben Traynor was always attracted to
Sally, but he didn’t move fast enough. Now what Sally needs is patience and
gentleness. With an injury keeping him from his next rodeo, Ben has the perfect
excuse to stick around and help with her chores—and her healing. And as Sally
finds the courage to face her demons and open her heart again, she’ll have to
decide if what she has with Ben is more than safety, gratitude, and short-term
passion, but a forever love…
international best-selling author Susan Fox (who also writes as
Savanna Fox and Susan Lyons) is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria
and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has
had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and
legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to
demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.

“Fox knows how to strike just enough sway between sweet and bitter, homespun and steamy.” --Publishers Weekly

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      A Review by Wendy

3.5  Learning How To Trust Again Stars  
* * * 1/2

This is a very dear story with really great intentions. To address spousal abuse and have the leading man be the one to help our survivor become the person she needed to be to be whole was a thing of beauty.  I felt it was handled well and we understood all of the steps these characters went through.

The story revolved around the rodeo circuit, our main character who was an outgoing, accomplished barrel racer when she met her husband. This man presented himself as the passionate, loving, caring man any woman would want. She gave up her rodeo career, soon her family connections and devoted herself to her husband.

That was the way it was supposed to be, right...

Well, this man became a monster after the I do's were said. She found herself isolated on a ranch and alone, with no outsiders to help her see what was happening. While others thought they had the perfect marriage; she experienced the roller coaster of having all the rules she was supposed to obey change daily. Hands would hurt her; relations which at one time loving became rough and hurtful.

He changed her and when he suffered a heart attack, he left her with a ranch and land mortgaged with high payments to meet.

Three years after his death, this woman has made a life of teaching riding and boarding horses. She has her chickens and fights every month to make ends meet.  She may not have the abuser living with her physically but his prescience is there...

There in how she dresses...
There in her fear of men...
There in her relentless questioning of how she got to where she is...what weakness did he see in her to know to do this to her...
He may be dead... but he still lives in her mind.

Our gal is getting the horses ready for a boarder when a horse trailer/ camper pulls up. Nervous, she meets the figure of the man and soon recognizes him as a past friend from the rodeo circuit. He was a fella a little younger than her and they use to hang out with all of the riders after the events. It seems he ran into her sister and she told him about the ranch and location. Our gal is taken aback... she has not talked to her family  for years... her husband said they had cut her off...

Our cowboy is happy to see his old friend but notices all the sparkle has left her eyes...she is sunken into herself...distrustful instead of the open fun-loving gal he knew.

He explains he ran into the sister and she wanted him to say hi and how she sends her love. He also was sporting a sling for his left arm... he was injured during his last bronco ride... laying him out for awhile.  As they talk, he assesses the situation. He sees she needs some help with the ranch; he could use the paddock for his horse to rest and park his trailer and truck off the  drive.

They have a meeting of minds... he will stay and help a bit and heal his shoulder. She will let him as they were friends from the past. But she will keep a watchful eye ... She does not trust and will not relax.

What happens in this story is the releasing of pain...Our fella figures out something happened to this bright shining star of a gal... and little by little he helps her re enter the world. It is done tastefully with care and concern. There are passages which others who may have experienced similar situations would identify. I think it was handled well... It was a journey to read and I was impressed with how it all played out.

For those who may have suffered or who are now...Know there are those who care about you... you are worth the effort to reach out and find away. It may be the most frightening thing you ever do... but please try as you are worth it.

A gifted copy was given in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. Thanks so much for featuring my book, and for the lovely review! Good luck to those who enter the giveaway.

  2. Thank you for hosting LOVE SOMEBODY LIKE YOU