I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Back to Buckhorn by Lori Foster
Series: Buckhorn Brothers #7
Published by Harlequin on 06/02/2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
From New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster comes a sizzling new Buckhorn Brothers novella...
For odd-girl-out Zoey Hodge, the best thing about Buckhorn, Kentucky, was leaving it behind. And now she’s back—at least until she can nurse her mother back to health and hightail it out of there anew. But there’s one person she doesn’t mind seeing again. Garrett Hudson was one of the few who was always kind to her. Now he’s a firefighter—still one of the good guys, but with a sexy alpha charm that’s tempting her inner bad girl.
In school, Zoey was smart, witty and unafraid to be herself. Garrett fell hard back then, and he’s falling even faster now. As far as he’s concerned, there are all kinds of reasons Zoey should stick around. Her pet grooming business. Her mom. And the chance for him to prove that he can be her real-life hero in every way that matters…
I’ve been a huge Lori Foster fan since I first discovered her books when I was still in college (which was a long time ago because I am old). And I’ve said many times that Lori Foster can totally rock the romance novellas. So I was super excited to see Back to Buckhorn, a novella continuing her Buckhorn series (LOVE) at the end of my eARC, Tough Love. While I did like Back to Buckhorn, it isn’t my favorite Lori Foster novella out there.
When Zoey returns to her hometown of Buckhorn, Kentucky, she first runs into Garrett, a guy she had a crush on back in her high school days. Unfortunately, Zoey wasn’t at her best, due to a vomiting baby on the airplane. It was pretty fun to see Garrett’s reaction to Zoey who was looking completely bedraggled, and who smelled like baby vomit. But when Garrett sees Zoey all cleaned up, he is completely attracted to her.
While I was totally shipping Zoey and Garrett, at times the story just felt a little . . . dry, you could say. I didn’t have any strong emotions. When I finished Back to Buckhorn, almost all the details left my brain because I didn’t have any strong feelings about the novella.
If you are a fan of the Buckhorn series, then definitely look into this because it’s fun to revisit some of your favorite characters. But otherwise, I would try Lori Foster’s other novellas. While I enjoyed Back to Buckhorn, it isn’t a book that I will ever want to re-read. Generally Lori Foster totally kicks novella butt, but this one isn’t quite as spot on as normal.