BLOG TOUR STOP! THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE BY JENNIFER RYAN
The black sheep of Fallbrook is back … and he's in for the surprise of his life.
Former bad boy, now-decorated Army Ranger Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind and right the wrong he did eight years ago.
When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she could have imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody.
Brody is shocked to discover he's a father, and he's more determined than ever to win back Rain and protect his girls. Can they rekindle the love they once shared and become the family they were always meant to be? Or will a danger from their past return and ruin everything?
The story starts with Brody’s background, and cuts to the chase: He has matured and wants to make up for all of his mistakes, mainly: getting the love of his life back. In his case, what he didn’t know hurts like hell! I felt as if the author was giving me his side of the story first, so I wouldn’t hate him. It worked, but I admit to having a few moments of bemusement due to his behavior. One minute he’s insecure, the next he’s vain and throwing money at the problem. I’m a sucker for a complicated man, though, so this meshed well for me. His PTSD only made my compassion for him stronger.
Rain’s a lady that knows when to put her pride down, and her fists up. She’s been dealing with a lot on her plate, but handles it like a pro. I know this isn’t the ideal situation, but that’s what makes the story interesting. Her composure and beautiful personality were inspiring, but frustrating at the same time. She’s a hard worker, dedicated mother, and loyal to those she loves. My heart broke for this woman and what she had to go through.
Owen and Eli are two of my favorite characters in this novel, as they were the rocks that helped Rain while Brody was away. They provided dialogue that brought some laughter, when needed, as well. There’s a lot of “small town” issues that are thrown in here and there, which made these two diamonds in the rough stand out for me.
I love for my heroes to have a little scruff around the edges, and this author delivered just that! I have to admit, though, the heroine in this novel was my biggest hero. It took a while for me to warm back up to Brody after hearing his confessions, but eventually, I made it there. There’s a great deal of background given throughout the novel that gives you a better understanding of the love Rain and Brody had before he left. The villain is someone I loved to hate, and not far-fetched from reality. With a wonderful plot, story line, and unusual cast of characters, I liked it and look forward to see what’s next for the McBride’s!
Straight up, Rain is a better woman than me because I definitely would have moved on in the interim of this story. Brody was a dog. I get that "technically" he wasn't cheating but still. Anyway. I did enjoy this story. I like Jennifer Ryan and I know that she tells a great story. Rain is a good woman for raising both the girls but I feel like she could have played a little harder to get. This is a good contemporary romance that makes you wonder if you would have done the same things or if you would have moved passed the love you felt and found romance else where.
JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.