Slow Ride Home is Book one of The Grady Legacy by Leah Braemel. The publisher is Carina Press. The release date was November 11, 2013. From the back cover.
Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family's legacy, he's forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O'Keefe. Ben's never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago--or forgiven himself for letting her go.
Allie thought she'd moved beyond the scandal that cost her Ben in the past. But working so closely with the seductive rancher arouses the wild child within the cautious woman she's become. Though she tries to keep business and pleasure separate, Allie soon gives in to temptation, and discovers Ben's sensual skills surpass even her X-rated memories...
Allie has every intention of leaving Bull's Hollow forever after her investigation is complete. But there are a few complications. Not the least of which is that while saving the ranch, Allie's lost her heart.
This was my first book from Leah Braemel. I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
I enjoyed this book enough that I want to read the next book in the series. I really loved Ben and Allie both as individuals and as a couple. I did have a problem with Allie giving Ben mixed signals over and over when it was clear she still loved him. I understood because of their past her being somewhat hesitant, but really wanted her to let go of her issues a bit sooner.
I did like how Allie stepped in to help Ben and his family deal with the legal situation with his family's ranch. She went above and beyond her job duties to find the truth and was there for Ben every step of the way. When the truth came out about what had really happened when they were kids, I love that Ben was there for her completely, and really wasn't surprised in the least as to who was a part of the betrayal that kept them apart for so many years.
I look forward to reading the rest of the books in The Grady Legacy series and plan on looking into Ms. Bramel's back list for more books.