One Last Sunset is a contemporary country romance. It begins with an exciting rodeo scene. The cowboy hero, Sunny is seriously injured after being bucked off a bull. His injuries force him off the rodeo scene and back home to Tender Root. Sunny is broke and broken, but his integrity is intact. Sunny is the typical cowboy gentleman.
Sunny had left Tender Root at an early age to escape his alcoholic abusive father and the poor “trailer park life” his grew up in. The only good memories come from his relationship with the Long family—especially his childhood rush, Melody. Sunny is good friends with Melody’s brothers, who are her fierce protectors.
Melody Long comes from a wealthy African-American family that settled in Tender Root after the Civil War. Melody is not a typical country princess; she is a driven veterinarian who isn’t afraid to get dirty on her ranch. The Long Ranch is a major employer of the Tender Root.
Sparks fly when Sunny sees Melody at the local bar. He can’t believe that his childhood friend is now a sexy woman. However, there are several problems. Sunny is financially broke, best friends with her brothers, and his alcoholic father was recently fired from the Long Ranch and bitter about it.
Melody tries her best to fight her attraction to Sunny, but it doesn’t work and the two become secret lovers. Sunny gets a job at the Long Ranch helping with the horses. The two solve a mystery involving sick animals on the ranch. Sunny is leery of coming out as lovers to the community because he is poor and has nothing to offer Melody, a rich girl from a respectable family. Both of them are scared of what her brothers and father will do.
Overall, I enjoyed the country themes in the book; however, some aspects were bothersome. For instance, the kooky grandma described the dog humping the table. Why? If I didn’t have to review this book, I may have stopped right there. I don’t understand the purpose of needless characters that bring nothing to the story. The grandmother was the one unnecessary character either. There were a few grammatical errors here and there. Some parts of the book skipped around. I didn’t understand the ending. However, I enjoyed the bar fighting, rodeo action, and sex scenes.
~Reviewed by Pamela