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No One But You by Leigh Greenwood

I am an inveterate reader of Leigh Greenwood romantic westerns. Most of them are keepers for me. Our author has written another winner with likable characters including the ones in the “gray” area. I don’t mind reading some westerns when some of the bad guys can be redeemed.

Sarah Winborne has lost her husband in the War between the States and she is trying to run her ranch with few cowhands while taking care of a crippled son and a daughter who is trying very hard to help their mother. Sara contacts the Randolphs with an offer for an ambitious man who wants to eventually own his own land. The Randolphs recommends several men for her to interview. Sara did not have a happy marriage before her husband left to fight in the war and she really wanted her next husband to be someone that she couldn’t love. Although she was attracted to Benton Wheeler (Salty), she offered him the proposal against her better judgement.

Salty agreed to the proposal and immediately showed that he was the right man for the job. He not only showed that he could run the ranch but he became her protector and a wonderful father to her children. Of course in these time, no romance can go smoothly without ruffling a few feathers and having to face some unforseen events. But Sara and Rusty couldn’t stop themselves from letting their emotions enter into their relationship. They met their struggles head on and managed to save their ranch with the respect of their cowhands. Rusty also helped her children accept their limitations and grow with confidence.

This story was very heartwarming and showed the beauty of how everyone working together can overcome all obstacles. I give this book and Excellent rating.

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The Last Cowboy by Lyndsay McKenna

The Last Cowboy is one of the few books that I have read that was written by Ms. McKenna. I was very impressed with her storytelling abilities. The characters were believable and I became engrossed in the couple’s problems and how they worked to solve them. I definitely plan to read more of her books in the future.

Jordana Lawton is an emergency room medical doctor who wants to participate in more competitive endurance races with her horse. Slade McPherson competes himself and takes on serious students to help finance his ranch operations. Slade and his twin brother, Griff, inherited the ranch from their parents who died when they were youngsters. The twins were separated after their parents’ death which caused them to have different values in life. Slade is very lonely and almost ran Jordana away because he felt something for her at their first meeting. Jordana is attracted to the lonely rancher and doesn’t back down from exploring possibilities with Slade. She convinces him to take her on as a student when he realizes that she is serious about succeeding as an endurance rider. This story follows them along as Slade begins to let Jordana into his heart and she proves to be his rock and salvation.

There are plenty of problems greeting this couple before they can settle down to a blissful life ranging from bank payments that Slade can hardly make to dealing with an unemployed estranged brother. Slade also has a jealous competitor who is unscrupulous enough to not let anything stand in his way to get what he wants. All of these elements translated to an entertaining read with an opportunity to learn about little known horse races. I give this book a Good recommendation and look forward to reading a sequel about the estranged brother.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Wyoming Tough by Diana Palmer

Wyoming Tough is a slight departure from Diana Palmer’s usual formulaic romances in that it has a heroine who is attractive, independent and can stand toe to toe with the hero. I, for one, is extremely ecstatic to see her getting away from making her heroine a victim of molestation/rape and so timid that no one believes that a man with a strong personality could actually fall for these bland unattractive waifs. Ms. Palmer seems to be overly consumed in writing stories about rape/molestation and over-abundance of cruelty to women. It may be cathartic for her but for us readers, it is nice to see a somewhat normal heroine.

I must admit that I read Ms. Palmer for her background stories and plot more so than for the hero and heroine. Her stories by themselves are suspenseful and entertaining. She does know how to portray villains and use them in a storyline. Morie Brannt was born into a wealthy ranching family. Her old-fashioned father will not let her be the cowgirl she has always dreamed of being all her life. She gets a job on another ranch and learns ranching from the bottom up. Mallory Kirk, the owner of the ranch, is attracted to Morie but doesn’t want to act on it. Watching Mallory and Morie finally find love through the maze of this story is enjoyable and will keep you reading this book to the end.

Ms. Palmer has all of her secondary characters (evil girlfriend, nasty villain, and comeuppances) in this book that have made her one of the top romance authors. I hope that Ms. Palmer can continue to deviate from her unbelievable romance matches and grow with the times and her new audiences. I can recommend this book as a good read.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller

This review is for the second book in the latest trilogy by Linda Lael Miller. Connor has stayed on the ranch that he and his twin brother inherited from his father who died a short time after the twins’ birth.  Connor has always wanted a family but was too shy and reserved.  Tricia McCall is back in town to sell her inheritance from her father. Tricia visited Lonesome Bend every summer and was considered stuck-up because she was also shy.

This book tells the story of how two lonely, shy people create a lasting romance. Fortunately, for them, they had a lot of help from Tricia’s goddaughter who is visiting her and a her grandmother who thinks that Tricia and Connor would make a lovely couple. This story has both primary and secondary characters who are interesting and give life to this journey. There are also a slew of animals who bring their own story for animal lover readers.

Ms. Miller unfolds this story beautifully along with plenty of help from friend and family including her precocious goddaughter.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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