He’ll risk his whole heart to save her from the past
Gaby Cane was always a bit afraid of her attraction to Bowie McCayde. Even when she was fifteen and Bowie’s family took her in, she had sensed his simmering resentment. Now ten years later, she’s an aspiring journalist who can hold her own with any man professionally, the dark shadows of years gone by far behind her. Then Bowie strides back into her life—only this time, he needs her, and the pull of loyalty to his family is too strong to ignore.
When Bowie asked Gaby to help save his family’s Arizona ranch, he never expected the girl he once knew to return transformed into a stunning, successful woman. As they work together, Bowie is shocked to find that her innocence and beauty stir a hunger he can’t deny. But the rogue rancher can sense something holding her back, and he’s determined to uncover the terrible secret Gaby is fighting to keep hidden…
Ever since I watched The Longest Ride on Netflix I've been craving cowboy romance novels, so I was looking forward to reading Fire Brand by Diana Palmer. This is a republication of the original novel from 1989. It was a quick read, and I generally liked Gaby as the lead female character. She may not have a lot of experience with men and relationships, but she sure didn't back down from Bowie when she disagreed with him professionally.
My favourite part came early on when the Palmer is describing Gaby.
"Her figure was a perfect twelve - not quite voluptuous, but very noticeable - which was why she spent so much time camouflaging it. She didn't like men staring at it. On the other hand, it didn't bother her to think of Bowie looking at her." - Diana Palmer, Fire Brand
"...a perfect twelve"!!! Yes! I loved this so much. Maybe that's one of the benefits of reading a book from another generation. Societal expectations shift and sway so much and not always for the better.
While I thought Gaby was a good character, I really struggled with Bowie. Though it is clear that he cared for Gaby, I did not like how he spoke to and treated Gaby most of the time. Even when he finds out her secret, he tries to be understanding, but he comes across as pretty immature about it.
I appreciated that the communication between Gaby and Bowie was honest. There was no all-too-common "misunderstanding" that we see in romance books. Bowie knew that Gaby had a secret and loved her anyways, even if I felt he could have showed his love and support for Gaby differently.
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Disclaimer – I received a copy of Fire Brand from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. To check out what other bloggers had to say about Fire Brand and read a few excerpts, here is the full book tour. Enjoy!