Title: Rein In
Series: Willow Bay Stables #3
Author: Anne Jolin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2016
“Someone with a light as bright as yours shouldn’t spend her days in the dark.” ~Rhys
Ann Jolin’s latest release Rein In is an unsurpassed story of redemption, love and heartbreaking tragedy that struck a chord deep within my spirit.
Rhys (Crow) is a man looking for a second chance in life after an unfortunate mistake in his teenage years results in criminal charges that lead to an eight-year prison sentence.
He serves his time, is released on parole and begins working at a horse ranch that also serves as a rehabilitation center for individuals with troubled pasts.
There he meets Aurora, a beautiful young woman with a gracious spirit that affects him in ways that no woman has ever touched him before. She is the light to his gloomy darkness, a beacon in times of eternal shade with the potential to guide him out of the perpetual cloud of despair that has enveloped and consumed him since his release from prison.
Ultimately, Aurora’s radiance is what help Rhys overcome the demons that have haunted him; her kindness and gentle grace ignite a passionate flame that neither Rhys nor Aurora have any hope of extinguishing.
This novel held me captive from the moment that I read the synopsis. The author draws you in and keeps you riveted with the suspense surrounding the details of Rhys’s history and the harrowing tale that resulted in his criminal background. The mystery surrounding this element of the story will keep you glued to your seat until the truth is revealed.
Another aspect of Rein In that kept me interested is the fact that Rhys is a bad boy with a heart of gold. His quest for justice and revenge is in direct conflict with the goodness that his newfound relationship with Aurora inspires. His story touched me beyond belief because Aurora was the perfect balm to sooth Rhys in his desperate time of need.
“Seeing her go felt a little like watching the sun set, and I didn’t know why.” ~ Rhys
I loved the fact that both of these characters were imperfect yet perfect for each other.
Rein In is one of those novels where you cannot help but root for a positive outcome for the characters in spite of their inherent faults.
This is the final novel in the Willow Bay Stables series and although it is last, it is certainly not least.
It is easy for me to recommend this moving tale of vindication, growth and atonement.
That is my final word!
Aurora Daniels is the bleeding heart of her family. With a gift and a passion for helping to heal others, she has a legacy of kindness and gratitude—a modern-day saint.
Every Sunday since she turned eighteen, Aurora has driven three hours into the city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she volunteers at an equine facility that rehabilitates troubled youth by working with horses. With their increasing success rate, the facility is expanding to foster violent parolees in hopes of a more effective release into society.
Assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder—that’s what it says under the name on his sheet. Rhys White is released on good behavior and promises to remain under contract for community service at the Equine for Hearts facility for a court-ordered period of twelve months.
Willow Bay’s saint may have stumbled across the one sinner who can’t be saved from himself.
Will Aurora be able to rein in Rhys’s quest for revenge before it’s too late? Or will she spend the rest of her life loving a man behind bars?
He was interrupted by the sound of a convertible pulling into the space next to us. The speakers were blaring some kind of racket that made my brain feel like I was going to have a seizure.
Some guy folded out from behind the wheel and Dirt nearly choked on his chew at the sight of him.
He looked like an asshole with his pink sweater folded over his shoulders and one of those polo shirts that looked like it belonged to a rowing club. When he rounded the hood of the car, Fun Bobby’s upper lip curled in disgust. I fought back a grin. This ass hat was wearing loafers.
“Morning, baby girl.” Glitch hollered over the sound of the car stereo.
I let my eyes follow his and land on her blonde hair in the passenger seat. It was light, almost white in the sun and so long it fell well past her shoulders.
The loafer guy held open her door and long legs stretched into my line of vision. She wore those cut of jean shorts, the kind a girl in a country song would wear, but hers were more tasteful, covering the round curves of her ass completely but not hiding them either.
Stretched over her chest was the token white volunteer shirt, she was here to work.
When she stood in front of him, she slung a backpack over her shoulder and waved in our direction.
If you’d ever seen an angel after a bad dream, it felt like that in the air when she smiled.
He pulled her into his chest by her upper arm and dove into her mouth.
My chest rumbled and Glitch widened his eyes in my direction.
I hadn’t seen or felt a woman since I was a teenager and it almost hurt my heart to look at her. She was the picture of all the years that I gave away. She was a breathing memory of everything I missed out on.
Stuffing my hands in my pockets, I let loafers live his dream against her lips.
What did I have against the puke anyway? Let him be happy.
I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada.
I never expected to be an author. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.
If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.
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