Ex-soldier Zane Tucker is perfectly happy with his single life and his adventure watersports business. A gambler by nature, he figures the odds of finding a woman for forever are a lot longer than finding a woman for right now. And as a man of action and not emotion, he believes a woman with lasting romance on the mind would want someone with less hard muscle and more soft sentiment. But then his dog hurtles toward the new county librarian, yanking Zane into her delicate, pretty presence. Will they both scare her away? And why does that worry him so?
Harper Grace has a bucket list of goals to tick off and is determined to live every moment to the fullest by overcoming her usual shyness. No one will call her too timid and too boring ever again. But then a giant of a man and his equally large dog charge into her life and she can’t decide if she wants to take a step back…or step fully into Zane’s strong arms. She's been brave enough to change her life, but does she have enough courage to risk her heart?
3 Star Review by Ashley
I wasn't quite sure what to expect going into my first book from Christie Ridgway but I saw military man and small town and jumped on it. Zane was a light and easy read with a touch of drama and just enough laughter. I will say that there were quite a few references to other books by this author that I hadn't read which made following some of the story challenging at times.
I really liked this big guy. Zane was clunky and unrefined but had a heart of gold. And there was something about the new librarian that just pulled to him. I think it was Harper's desire to become more comfortable with the person she was- bookish, shy, kind but not boring. I felt the chemistry between these two.
The progression of their relationship brought out a different side to each of them. Zane's more gentlemanly side came out and Harper found her voice. From frantic dogs to mud runs and makeovers, Zane was an enjoyable read- low on drama and high on the sweet.
About the Author
Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can't help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer's Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.