Review: Worth the Ride by Casey Peeler

Goodreads Synopsis:

Single father, Weston Parker is set in his ways, and raising his daughter is his top priority. But his ten-year-old feisty little girl is growing up faster than he ever realized. Her go-getter attitude is one he’s seen before–mainly on himself. When she starts trading in her ponytails for makeup, Weston realizes he just might be in over his head.

Dedicated and driven veterinarian, Timber Sellers always knew that she’d head back home, but she wasn’t quite ready for it to happen so soon. Running into the stubborn and bossy Weston from her high school days doesn’t make it any better either. But when she meets his spunky daughter, Timber knows she’s right where she’s supposed to be. As Timber grows closer to Weston’s daughter, his rough exterior softens. Suddenly, the heat between them explodes and neither can deny the attraction. Weston always goes after what he wants, and this time, he wants a future with Timber.

Chick and Brain Rating 4 out of 5

I was graciously provided this ARC by the author in exchange from an honest review.

I am so honored to be able to review one of Casey Peeler’s novels. I have not been able to read one of her books yet, but they are sitting on my ever-growing to be read list. I am a sucker for a good-looking country boy so this book was right up my alley. There are few things that I would have preferred Peeler to give us more detail, but that is small compared to the amazing journey we are taken on with these characters. Peeler does an amazing job creating characters that we have no choice but to immediately fall in love with. I will happily declare myself a Peeler fan for life.

Worth the Ride is a story of Weston Parker as he raises his younger daughter after the death of her mother during child-birth. Although Peeler could have focused on telling the story of Weston raising his daughter, she instead chose to focus on Weston’s journey to grow up from the boy he once was. Weston had to grow up fast because he had a little one to care for. He had to give up his dream of being a rodeo rider to ensure his daughter had food on the table and a roof over her head. Weston has lived a full life and has had no regrets, but he has devoted his entire life to his daughter. We all start to wonder when Weston is going to start taking time for himself, when a tornado rolls into town.That tornado is none other than his child hood friend Timber Sellers. Timber and Weston have been friends for as long as they could remember. Timber has always been just one of the boys. However, when she comes home to help her father run his vet clinic she is no longer the little tomboy they once knew.  Once these two laid eyes one each other, they know that this is meant to be.

It is a fast paced love story with a lot of heart and amazing characters that we all grow to love. However we are missing the actually love story. We can all agree that Weston and Timber are childhood friends and know each other inside and out, but we can not realistically believe that they could fall in love so quickly. Peeler created a fantastic foundation for what could have been an amazing love story, but instead gave us a story that felt rushed. Although there is no doubt as to the genuine love between these two characters, we could have benefited from more.

Peeler’s writing ensures we are all strapped in for this amazing ride. Although there are some misses along the way, the characters are what saves this story for us. Worth the ride it is definitely one of my top picks for a favorite book that has come out this month. I will definitely keep my eye out for more books in the future.

 

Until next time,

 

XOXO  

 

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