Liberty Hale, an only child, was left alone when her parents died in an accident. She was twelve years old with no one to adopt her. She was born and raised in a small town in Kansas, parents were farmers. She was loved and cared for and grew up loving the outdoors. She helped her mom and dad with the chores and loved their animals. Shortly after the accident she was given to her Uncle Marty to raise her. He was an older gentleman and although she was happy to move into his home she knew her life would never be the same. He was the wealthy brother of her grandfather. He loved her, gave her whatever she wished for, and was sent to the best schools. Upon his death Libby was heartbroken. Upon the reading of his will, it was disclosed that some of his wealth would go to an Animal Foundation and the rest to Liberty. There was however a codicil that stated Libby would spend one month in Colorado working on a dude ranch. She would not be a guest. She would be part of the help, cooking, cleaning and raking out horse stalls. According to her Uncle's attorney she had no choice. If she declined the offer, all of his fortune would go to the animals. She packed her bags and left her Manhattan apartment. What else could she do but fly off to the Bridger Dude Ranch? Martinś latest in her Blood Ties series is a great novella. It makes for a wonderful afternoon or evening read. It was fun yet suspenseful and romantic. I have become a great fan of Cat Martinś thrillers. This one is terrific. I plan to send it to a couple of friends as a gift. One Last Kiss will be published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on August 31, 2021. I appreciate their allowing me to read and review this prequel to her latest novel, The Last Goodbye and first in the Blood Ties series. Do pick this one up and by all means enjoy!