Title: Tru Flame (Ember Peak: Book Three)
Author: Edie Danford
Length: 218 Pages
At a Glance: This story was real and romantic and a completely perfect final chapter for Tru and Jones and family, and I was left with a huge dreamy smile by the final page.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Tru and Jones never expected riding off into the sunset to be easy. Their relationship’s script has never been silver-screen smooth or shiny. But dealing with life’s boulders, washouts, and irksome little details seems downright easy now…because they’re facing each bump in the road together.
But when Tru’s sister announces she wants—and desperately needs—him and Jones to adopt her baby, the new couple’s notions of family, home, their upcoming marriage, and even living at Ember Peak are flung into chaos.
They’ve defined themselves as lovers, partners, and future husbands—but are they ready, and do they even want to be, fathers? If they are to form a forever family, Tru and Jones will have to help each other navigate a new path they never expected to travel.
Review: Tru and Jones are happy in their engagement, and they are ecstatic to welcome Sandra’s baby. They have both been there for her when everything had gone sideways. But then, they are forced to take on parenthood very suddenly with exactly zero preparation. Tru has so many hang-ups about his own upbringing that his tension with the baby, once he realizes he’s going to be responsible for this new life, is nearly overwhelming. He may be able to manage a ranch and a billion-dollar company, but he’s finding, as all parents do, that the stakes are so much higher when the responsibility for a helpless life comes calling.
Jones is excited, apprehensive and constantly exhausted as he attempts to take on fatherhood, and while he could not love the baby more, he is concerned about Tru and his reaction. Jones learns pretty quickly he’s going to have to speak up and put his foot down on some things, or Tru will run right over him—and everyone else. It’s a lot of work to take care of a newborn and also wrangle a very uptight fiancé. Add in a few helpful but borderline intrusive friends and employees, and Jones is aware that he just might lose his mind.
Once again, Tru has some ideas of how things should go and how he would like them to be, but he soon finds out that babies and fiancés don’t always cooperate. And of course that frustrates him to no end. But he has learned some things and when Jones tells him ‘no’ on some issues, Tru has finally learned to listen. Also, it doesn’t hurt that he is still a little bit jealous and quite possessive of Jones.
When there is an emergency and Jones has to leave, Tru realizes, finally, that he needs to step up. At first he struggles quite a lot, but soon he gets the hang of things and can finally let go of some of his past. He does get help from his friends, employees and, of course, Jones. And having an adorable baby around isn’t such a hardship either.
I have to say I really just loved this story. This is the real and romantic and just completely perfect final chapter for this couple. It was wonderful to watch them gain their footing as parents and be able to see that they wouldn’t lose themselves, and that they could have help and not relinquish their responsibilities. I loved all of the secondary characters in this series as well, and Sandra redeemed herself beautifully in this story. I cheered for this couple and their new family, from page one, and was left with a huge dreamy smile by the last page. My only complaint is that the series is over. I hope maybe someday we can revisit this couple—maybe with getting Gunnar’s HEA, or Sandra’s?? Pretty please??
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