Riverbend Gap

Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Romance
Source: Thomas Nelson ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine.

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the edge of another precipice—and they’re forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

Ope’s Opinion: Another good read from Denise Hunter. This is the first in a new series I hope to continue to read. The setting was near where I went to college, so I could picture it. The small town was great to read about. Kate and Cooper had an attraction to each other from the beginning.

This is a Christian fiction and God is definitely a part of their lives, but it is not preachy and doesn’t feel fake – it felt natural – a part of the characters lives. They showed grace and forgiveness to each other the way God showed it to them.

As in most romance books, you know where the story is going to end. This one did not disappoint!