This is the fourth book in the Silver Springs Ranch series. It is a standalone, although there are cameo appearances by previous characters. The book has a high heat level, but mild BDSM (erotic spankings) and subtle Daddy Dom kink in the bedroom only. Morgan and Noah know each other in passing, one of the quirks of living in a small town. Morgan has had a crush on Noah for a while, but Noah is older and widowed with young twins. After the death of Morgan's father, she is left homeless and in urgent need of a new job. The twins being precocious terrors have driven previous nannies away and Noah is desperate for some help.
Noah is not looking for another permanent relationship but acknowledges the pull he feels towards Morgan. Morgan's actions regarding this attraction are where I found the story fell a bit flat. While she is desperate for both a job and a place to stay, she willingly puts this in danger with no thought to possible consequences. She bares her feelings to virtual strangers (the significant others of the other cowboys on the ranch) and follows their direction to seduce Noah. Although I did appreciate that the seduction came from the female MC in this case, the way it happened and how quickly it happened did not ring true to the character and their backstory. This said I did enjoy the growing relationship between our MCs.
I hoped that we would get more insight into Noah's reasons for not wanting a permanent relationship. It was not clear if his reasons were related to the way his wife died or just the fact that he was a widower that struggled with the responsibilities he was left to deal with alone. The story does have some tension, missing funds and very light OW drama. But it is Noah who causes the biggest rift with Morgan when he refuses to acknowledge his own feelings for her. I am honest enough to admit that I wanted Noah to face more consequences for both his accusation of Morgan as well as the dismissal of her feelings (and his in the process). The ending was satisfying and gave me a good teary smile.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.