Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Western Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Successful rancher Cal Carson has been in love with his friend's daughter, Jenny, since he met her two years ago. He knows she's interested in him, but with one loss after another behind him, he's not willing to risk his heart again. He's sure Jenny is the one loss he wouldn't survive.
Young and sexy therapeutic riding teacher Jenny Busch has tried everything she can think of to make Cal see her as a woman. She knows he's interested, but he's kept her at arm's-length for years. She wants him--in every way--and she's running out of ideas.
When a forest fire forces Jenny's family to evacuate, Cal offers Jenny and her horses haven at his ranch. He doesn't know how he will resist her when she tempts him at every turn. Will he trust Jenny with his heart or break hers? An unexpected guest at the ranch forces Cal to see the future he could have with Jenny, but is he too late?
Cal isn’t confused when it comes to how Jenny feels about him. He knows through her actions and words that she wants him almost as much as he wants her. It would be easy to accept what she keeps offering, but his conscience can’t let go of their age difference. Cal believes that it’s significant enough to keep his distance from her since she’ll more than likely end up leaving anyway. Problem is he’s fighting a losing battle when he consistently finds reasons to be near her. Now she’s coming to stay with him and trying to keep from crossing the line is going to be damn near impossible.
Jenny’s looking forward to staying with Cal and believes this time he will finally lose control and take her the way she’s been fantasizing about. Too much time has passed since their first meeting and this time Jenny’s ambitious determination will not be ignored. A misunderstanding leads to heartache and the fallout may be irreparable.
What I appreciated the most with this cast of characters are their flaws. None of them are perfect and in fact give some really great advice, but seem to have a hard time accepting it on their own. The dialogue is witty and reads fluidly. Plenty of emotional depth and erotic romance to capture the reader’s attention and hold it until the end. No need for an extreme plotline when the characters and even the animals steal the show with their charismatic personalities. Aside from the editing errors and the occasional abrupt scene change there are lots of great lessons in love, life, and happiness. Beware because once started, this story is hard to put down.
4 1/2 Tea Cups!