YOU ALL KNOW HOW MUCH I ADORE AUTHOR MARIN THOMAS. WELL I CAN'T REPEAT IT ENOUGH. I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO FINALLY HUGGING HER IN TEXAS, I AM A GIDDY ABOUT IT!
HERE'S A FEW TIDBITS ABOUT MARIN!
--Marin named several geezers after my family members in this book
--Marin loves Route 66 and got the idea to put the town there from an image I came across of the Flamingo Motel
--Marin got the idea for the ghost element from taking a ghost tour in San Diego
Destiny Saunders is something else. Jilted at the alter the gritty beauty shrugs it off and continues on. Buck Owens Cash has the pleasure of meeting the wayward bride in her flashy wedding attire on a motorcycle when his car breaks down outside the little known town of Lizard Gulch and she offers her help to the shamelessly handsome Cash brother.
Buck Owens Cash left a tense situation back in his hometown and he doesn't feel it's the right time to face the music from his five Cash siblings. Instead, Buck thinks he'll head on to a few rodeos before heading home, but when his truck has issues, he becomes the unwitting guest of the menagerie of colorful occupants of the town of Lizard Gulch, headed of by their newly elected mayor, Destiny Saunders, who also is the town mechanic, the tow truck driver and one of the few people below retirement age who live in the near ghost town off of Route 66.
Most of the quirky yet lovable citizens of Lizard Gulch just want to be left alone to enjoy their retirement and enjoy the time they have, but a development company wants to raze the town to dirt. They have an advocate in ousted mayor, Mark Mitchell, who delivers the offers from the development company and wants the town to meet its end. The townspeople look to Destiny to protect their futures. If that's all she had on her plate, but no, Destiny has a little issue of being pregnant by the jerk who left her at the alter, and now her attraction to Mr. Cash. Destiny is keeping the pregnancy to herself for the time-being, but the closer she she gets to Buck, the worse she feels for not telling him.
Buck Owens Cash never knew who his father was. His mother used to leave town chasing after her heart, end up pregnant, have the baby and leave it in the care of her mother before running off again. This was Buck and his siblings childhoods, and outwardly he may never have cared, but inside, Buck yearns to know of his beginning, yearns to know his father and to know if he was wanted. Destiny had a pretty crappy childhood with her mother turning tricks in truck stop bathrooms to earn money, leaving Destiny to raise herself until an older couple took her in and did as best as they could by her. Buck and Destiny's attraction to one another is exciting and new to them. Each feels like they never have before, like maybe each could accept the faults they feel they have.
THE COWBOY'S DESTINY by Marin Thomas is an touching and eloquent read. Reading this emotional story was personal for me. I feel Buck's pain about his childhood. I completely understand where he is coming from. I love this pair. I love how even though they have been through much in their young lives, they still have optimism and hope to continue on and they hold no grudges. The whimsical inhabitants of Lizard Gulch bring the comic relief to this tale, even the tale of ghostly apparitions add a little something more. The Cash Brothers series by consummate author, Marin Thomas only gets better and better with each sibling's tale. I am eager to read the next one, but will be so sad to read the last.