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Review: Baby, It’s you by Jane Graves

babyTitle: Baby, It’s You by Jane Graves
Rainbow Valley Series Book Two
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 400 pages/Word Count: 90,000
Book Rating: B+

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley


With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life, and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill country . . . and lands on a tall, dark, and gorgeous winery owner’s doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms?

For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He’s devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown-until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?

The Review:

Baby, It’s You is a heartfelt and engaging addition to Jane Graves’ delightfully charming Rainbow Valley series. In this outing, opposites attract when runaway bride Kari Worthington ends up at Marc Cordero’s vineyard. Although they are at very different places in their lives, they find it impossible to resist their sizzling passion for one another. But with Kari deciding to put down roots and Marc equally determined to leave is there any chance of a future for this seemingly mismatched couple?

Kari is fun-loving and impulsive but there is a surprising amount of depth to her character. Growing up the only daughter of a wealthy businessman, Kari has subdued much of her vibrant personality in her efforts to gain her emotionally distant father’s approval. She has a long history of taking the easy of way out, but once she runs away from her wedding, Kari is forced to not only stand up for herself, but also stand her own two feet for the first time in her life.

Following his father’s death, Marc took on the responsibility of caring for his siblings while running the family business and raising his daughter Angela on his own.  With Angela finally off to college, the carefree life he has been longing for is finally within his grasp. Marc is quite logical, viewing the world in black and white and Kari’s arrival brings a bit of chaos to his well-ordered life.

With his new responsibility free life, Marc is very reluctant to have another person depending on him even for a short time, so he is eager for Kari to leave town. She steadfastly refuses to return to her former life and she eventually persuades him to help her out temporarily. Their relationship heats up fairly quickly and with neither of them looking for lasting commitment, Marc and Kari agree to a new strings fling. As Marc’s departure date draws near, they are reluctant to end their relationship but unexpected complications quickly jeopardize their future.

Baby, It’s You is an emotional journey of self-discovery for both Kari and Marc. Their romance is surprisingly sweet yet full of passion. The intriguing glimpses of Marc’s siblings (especially his sister Nina) leave me hopeful that Jane Graves is planning to feature them in upcoming installments of the Rainbow Valley series.

Although Baby, It’s You is the second book of the Rainbow Valley series, it can be read as a standalone. (You can read my review of the other books HERE.)


Filed under Contemporary, Forever, Jane Graves, Rainbow Valley Series, Rated B+, Review, Romance

Review: Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves

Title: Cowboy Take Me Away by Jane Graves
Rainbow Valley Series Book one
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Imprint: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 464 pages
Book Rating: B

Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Publisher Through NetGalley



Rainbow Valley, Texas, has always been a refuge for animals, and Shannon North, director of the local shelter, intends to keep it that way. But with donations drying up and more pets in need of a loving home than ever before, Shannon’s beginning to fear she’s not the savior the shelter needs. When a tall, dark, and handsome cowboy from her past comes to the rescue, she knows that accepting his help may come with a high price: her heart.


Bad boy Luke Dawson shook the dust from this little town off his boots years ago. He walked away from everything . . . except the memory of the one night of passion he shared with Shannon. Now, a few wins away from becoming the world bull-riding champion, Luke’s headed for fame and fortune. But then a crisis calls him back to Rainbow Valley, and Luke is reunited with the good girl who stole-and broke-his heart. As their rekindled relationship deepens into desire, old secrets resurface, and Luke must choose between the future he’s always dreamed of and the only woman he’s ever loved.

The Review:

If you are a fan of stories with adorable animals, charming characters and a small town setting, you won’t want to miss Cowboy Take Me Away. This heartwarming first installment in Jane Graves’ Rainbow Valley series is a wonderful second chance at love romance.

As teenagers, good girl Shannon North and bad boy Luke Dawson formed an unlikely friendship that culminated in one incredibly passionate encounter. After a misunderstanding, Luke takes off and does not return to Rainbow Valley for eleven years. His return will bring Luke and Shannon back together but will their complicated past keep them apart?

On the surface, Shannon seems to have a perfect life. Her family is wealthy but they have high expectations that she often finds difficult to live up to. Appearances mean everything to her demanding mother and for Shannon, that means having a prestigious career and marrying the right man. Much to her mother’s disappointment, Shannon leaves her lucrative job and moves back to Rainbow Valley to run the local animal shelter. Shannon is content to casually date a man that satisfies her mother’s exacting qualifications. That is until Luke comes back into her life and reawakens her long dormant desire for the sexy cowboy.

Growing up, Luke was the quintessential bad boy and his wild reputation haunts him when he returns to Rainbow Valley. The son the town drunk, Luke’s survived his abusive childhood and he is on the verge of achieving his goal of becoming a champion bull rider. His homecoming revives memories better left buried, but his return provides him the opportunity to resolve some of the issues from his past. Luke finds an unexpected peace working with Shannon and even though they both know there is no future for them, they cannot resist the passion that simmers between them.

There is no shortage of conflict for Luke and Shannon as they take their relationship from friends to lovers. One of their biggest problems plaguing them is lack of communication. It takes most of the novel for them to bring up their past relationship. They are also quick to make assumptions about each other. Shannon finds it impossible to stand up to her judgmental mother and Luke has a knee jerk reaction to run away from trouble.

Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their way, Luke and Shannon really do work as a couple. They have an easy friendship and they bring out the best in each other. Their romance is sweet and passionate and I was really rooting for them to find a way to make their relationship work.

While Cowboy Take Me Away is a well-written story, some of the information about bull riding is inaccurate. Anyone who follows the sport is going to catch the mistakes as easily as I did. My copy of the book is an advanced reader copy, so I am hoping the errors were corrected for the final edition.

If you are looking for a book that has a meaningful and realistic plot then you will enjoy Cowboy Take Me Away. It is an emotional yet angst free romance with two incredibly likeable protagonists. The supporting cast of characters is excellently developed and I am looking forward to reading their stories in future installments of Jane Graves’ Rainbow Valley series.


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