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River on Fire

(River's End #5)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Hailey Starr seeks refuge at the Rydell River Resort in the wake of her bitter divorce and from the ensuing hatred she receives from her daughter and her confused, hurt son. While her ex honeymoons with his new wife, Hailey decides not to care. She intends to recapture some of what she lost over the tumultuous years preceding the breakdown of their family. She chooses that ...more
Published December 13th 2016 by Leanne Davis
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Jacqueline J
Darn it, I really wanted to like this. I've totally been enjoying this series but this one fell totally flat. I felt absolutely no heat between the hero and heroine and totally didn't see why they loved each other. The author certainly didn't show me any cool interesting scenes of them falling in love. The most interesting part of the book was the fire. It was pretty well described. Darn well here's hoping the next one will be back up to par.
Rebecca Austin
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-kylie-s
Hailey Starr decides to take a vacation with her two kids, Brianna and Jacob, to Rydell River Ranch when her ex-husband, Brent, gets remarried. She is ready to start over and hopes this is the place to get them all ready for their new lives.

Joey Rydell has grown up a lot over the past few years and is ready to take his place at the ranch helping out and running his own programs for the visitors. When Joey sees Hailey he realizes he is interested but knows she had a lot to deal with at the momen
Kitty Moon
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The continuing saga of the Rydells gets better and better. This episode focuses on Joey Rydell. After a stint with the Army, he's back on the homestead helping to manage the ranch resort the family has established. Hailey Starr checks in with her kids in the hopes of getting away from the turmoil of a bitter divorce and her ex's wedding to the girlfriend who was almost half his age. Hailey's under-aged daughter has it in her head to seduce Joey who tries to fend her off in favor of her mother. H ...more
Missie Jones
Heartbroken & Sadly Disappointed

This is a hard review to wrire.
First I'd like to state that I love this series. Every single book. However I can not give this book 5 stars even though Leanne Davis's storyline ripped my heart out and I had to stop reading a few times because of all the tears. That part, that continues on with the families I have grown to love was excellent writing and does deserve 5 stars. What I did not enjoy was Joe's love story. Just no. This 25 year old young man is suppose
Amy  Crull
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know i had every intentions to write a bad review because I really got tired of Hailey's issues. I realize that when you're almost 40, freshly divorced and haven't addressed the issues with your kids, things can be tense and even more issues including acting out like a slut can happen. Hailey has her hands full with her oldest daughter. This was some of issues i had in this book. Hailey was hooked on age difference, her husbands new wife who was close to Joey's age and the fact that her daug ...more
Robyn Washington
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
River on Fire is an amazing story of loss, second chances, first loves, rebirth. The youngest Rydell brother has taken a long time to grow up and find his place in the family, such a true plot of so many in today's society. Then the triangle of Hailey arriving and the older woman syndrome and the daughter having a crush on the guy who likes her mom, which is a hard plot to write about. So many twists to the ory. My heroine is the mom, Haillie however bcause as a mom trying to win back the respe ...more
Claire M
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one yet with proper page turning suspense!

I was in so much suspense with this book, as the title and prologue suggest there is a life changing fire at the Rydell Ranch but I kept turning page after page with intrepidation thinking is it going to happen now!
Joey has always been the least responsible Rydell and nothing much was ever expected of him! His brothers had a new found respect for him when he returned more sensible mature,
Hailey is a mum of two who has recently been divorced and
Mary Fazzi
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Who knew you could find courage to start over at a ranch. Hailey needed an escape from the news and life of her ex husband getting remarried and the kids weren’t invited to see it. Hailey has her hands full with Brianna and Jacob. Brianna is a 15 year old who is acting out due to everything not being like it use to. Now her parents aren’t together and her dad is married to another. Joey Rydell was still hot looking and no one really thought he had it in him but one look at Hailey and he wanted h ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
River of Fire follows the story of Joey Rydell, the youngest brother. It has taken Joey a long time to grow up and find his place in the family. He’s come back from the army and matured but had to find a way to interact with Jack, his brother, but more a father to Joey since he raised him as his own when their parents died. Also Joey has a reputation with the ladies, having a drop dead gorgeous face and never wanting more than a fling he hasn’t been taken seriously. That is until Hallie arrives ...more
Amber Khan
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashes wash away

This tale is full of struggle against self, perceptions, family, and nature. It is a pretty realistic depiction of real life struggles. The old adage 'don't judge a book by it's cover'goes a long way in this story. Here its learning not to judge someone based on looks or how others will feel about what you're doing. Sometimes things don't "look" normal but can be a perfect fit.
Some people come into your life at the opportune time. Here that couldn't be more true. Drowning in life
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
An angsty, emotional read that pulls at the heart. Hailey is running from an ugly divorce that has left her and her kids reeling. Wanting a new start Rydell River Resort seems like just the place but nothing is ever easy. Struggling to reinvent herself Hailey captures the interest of Joey Rydell. Joey has returned after serving in the Army and it helping at the Rydell Resort. But to complicate matters Hailey's daughter shows an interest in Joey for herself. This book is packed full of family dyn ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a bit hard for me at first because I'm not really a fan of older women and younger men romances but Joey and Hailey's love story made up for it. There was so much in this book that I couldn't help but to keep reading and I couldn't stop. From Hailey and her daughter drama to her ex-husband and Joey coming a long way with his family. The fire was what made me keep reading the most because in a strange way you come to know these characters and care about what happens to them. I can't wait f ...more
Gina Marie
Not quite a HEA

This is a tough book to rate, Joey and Hailey have a rocky start, middle and even a bit of a rocky ending. Yes they fall in love, but they have so many obstacles to overcome and a long distance relationship doesn’t really equate happily ever after to me. The fire is heartbreaking and I enjoyed the way the family pulls together. However they have such a long way to go. I’m really hoping the next book is more uplifting and sees Joey and Hailey actually together, sharing a life toget
Lisa Gallant
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series more and more with each book.. Joey bac’ from army and run the ranch resort ..Haley at the ranch with her kids to try and bond after her divorce and with her ex getting married and not wanting the kids there ...they started on a rough side a bit...but you could feel the connection and chemistry between them. for Haley there a age gape that bother her a bit and there that her daughter has a crush on Joey ....will 5hey be to overcom everything or not ...hurry buy this book it a ...more
Nicole Studioso
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Wow! So intense, emotional and heartbreaking!

River on Fire is an amazing story of loss, second chances, first loves, rebirth. There's so much going on in this book, I barely know where to start. Leanne Davis has written a saga within a series. The characters are complex, deep, and beautifully written. Each storyline is rich and realistic, weaving this family's triumphs and losses together into a gorgeous mosaic.
Karie Gibson
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fire that destroyed and brought them together

This book was one of my favorites of the series. Joey was so much more than everyone have him credit for.
Hailey was newly divorced and dealing with her angry children. She didn't ever intend on finding love and definitely with someone so much younger.
The fire that threatens the Rydell's legacy will draw them all closer and form bonds like never before.
Samantha Waldow
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How can u not like this series. Book 1 pulls you in and makes you want the next book. This is book 5 in the River ends series. This story is about Joey. He just came back from the Army and is helping his family on the resort and farm. Hailey checks in with her kids to take some time to heal and figure things out after her divorce. I love how we can still find out how everyone else from the first books are doing.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As others has noted, this one starts slow and continues that way for half the book before it picks up in an emotionally wretching lightening fast pace. My biggest issue that I'm just noticing as a pattern since I am currently binge reading this series: every woman is tiny with big breasts. And their breasts are commented on a lot. Every book, every heroine. It's getting very old.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think Joey could redeem himself. I wasn't really a fan. However, I became a big fan of his in this story. He's grown up, gone away, apologized, and had seen the error of his previous childish ways. I'm impressed. Hailey was a surprise to me. I really liked her character. I liked how good Joey was to her, and for her. The newest events to happen to the Rydell family broke my heart, but it only made them stronger.
Jami Kehr
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Not gonna lie.. the age thing did bug me out at first. I’ve never been into the whole cougar relationships. Not that I’m against it but it’s just not my cup of tea.

I was bummed that Joeys story was this buuut it grew on me. Joeys maturity really made up for the age and Haileys background helped warm me up to her.

The ending had me sobbing. Once again I’m 100% going to recommend this book!

Jennifer Richey
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good

This is book 5 could be read as a stand-alone but this is joeys story he’s the youngest he just returned from the army and a divorced women that has 2 kids comes to the ranch might be what Joey needs to put him in his place! But will she not make her mind up because of their age difference I was emotional reading this such a great book! Can’t wait to read bens books!
LidiasChoice De Jager
Joey and Hailey

This was a very difficult book to read. I couldn't even imagine the devastation and sorrow described here. Joey and Hailey managed to overcome a lot of obstacles to be together. I really like the River series and to get to know the brothers and other family members. Well written and definitely a series I can recommend.
Tammy Deighan
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book. Love how this author took every family member and creates these great stories for each one. This one is one you hear more and more in real life but the way the author tells it keeps you wanting to read and not put the book down because you want to see what is going to happen next. Love, hurt and family drama what more do you need in a book...
Christine Campbell
Great read

She is a newly divorced mom of two kids one tries to be older than she is. They go to the ranch for a vacation. The little boy is thrilled however the daughter is not she hits on Joey and he denies her. Every time. However Joey has his eyes set on the mom. It will tear your heart out towards the end. Omg tissues required
Deborah Lane
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this lovely book about a woman seeking to change her life's trajectory after a divorce , her daughter's attempt at trying to be more grown up, a new man in the picture. And a FIRE consuming all in its path, bringing everything to real, real quick. Authentic, well writtten storyline, characters who speak to me, like friends . Recommended.
Tammy Rolle
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting over

What can I say. This is the deepest chapter of the River's Bend series. The pain and angst of the destruction brought by the sweeping wild fires is vivid and sucks you into the agony of the Rydell family. It makes you want r to step away from the story and at the same time the urged to know the future of this strong family bond keeps you reading. Well done Leanne.
Deirdre Stokes
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was intense and shocking and surprising at the same time with Joey liking Hailey who doesn't see that attraction coming at all. To her daughter trying to get Joey's attention but fails miserably to a fire that could ruin everything thing these brothers have built and kept up for themselves. So much going on but so worth reading to the end to find it all out.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A vacation that turns into more for Hailey and Joey Rydell. Joey is back trying to find his place on the ranch. Hailey is trying to have a family vacation with her two children. Joey and Hailey's feelings develop further during this time. Lots of angst and teenage issues cause lots of problems for these two. Can they work it out, or will it all be too little too late???
Rebecca Goss
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

Hailey comes to River’s End after her divorce to give her teenage children a summer break. Joey Rydell, the youngest Rydell brother, charms her. He is much younger, which is an issue because her daughter decides to seduce him. Joey, whose character has not been impressive in previous books, proves himself to be a responsible adult and wins Hailey’s heart.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed every book in this series to date, this one was no exception. Ms Davis's characters all seem so real and you can easily imagine people you may know going through the same struggles and thought processes the characters experience. Looking forward to reading book 6!
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