Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren

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He smelled good–rebelliously good–like leather and a hint of soap.


How can you resist that?? Or that two-day stubble and dimple??


Nick Noble hadn’t planned on being the prodigal son.

But when his father dies and leaves half of Silver Buckle—the Noble family ranch—to Nick’s former best friend, he must return home to face those he left behind. And to make sure that the Silver Buckle stays in the Noble family.

Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she’s determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she first anticipated. So does resisting his charming smile.

As Nick seeks to overturn his father’s will—and Piper digs for answers—family secrets surface that send Nick’s life into a tailspin. But there’s someone who wants to see the Silver Buckle leave Noble hands, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen, even if it means taking a life.


I got snagged into the life of these characters right from the get-go. In one of the first scenes, I could hear the clomping, see the dust in the air—I was RIGHT THERE. There are not many books that drag me in so quickly. Since I’m an impatient reader, that’s a good thing.

One of my favorite scenes is when Piper is up at the lodge and decides to trek down to the house. . .and gets into a tussle with a bull. This scene gave me one of those gut-birthed giggles (sad, huh?), especially when she’ s staring down this thousand-plus-pound bull and saying, “Shoo!” Naturally, Nick comes to rescue her, but not after first getting a good laugh.

Susie builds a lot of depth into her characters that not only makes you care, but FORCES you to yearn, ache, and rejoice with them. You can’t help it. You have to because you’ve come to think of them like family.


(*excerpt from page ~83~ of Reclaiming Nick)


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