“Her strength was in her ability to push back, to solve, be tough…”
Rio Montoya has looked after her two younger siblings for as long as she can remember. She’s worked every job at every crappy restaurant in town, and she’s determined to earn enough to give her and her sister their dream of a ranch of their own.
Her brother, on the other hand, has been getting more and more drawn into gangs, and it isn’t until Rio realises that Bonnie almost got kidnapped because of his ties, that her world falls apart.
I think I love Rio because she’s tough. Life throws so much at her – dead parents, siblings to bring up – and then her house is burnt to the ground and she and Bonnie have nowhere to go.
Even when David offers her a place to stay, she refuses to just accept the help. She goes out, gets a job, helps on the ranch and with the horses and confounds expectations at ever turn.
There’s one moment where David is criticising tattoos and body art, and she oh so coolly points her own out.
She’s feisty and strong and comes from a background where she’s literally had to fight for her sister’s safety…and yet she’s still caring.
#StrongRomanceHeroines come in all shapes and sizes, and Rio’s gotta be up there as the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, who simply doesn’t let misfortune drag her down.