Dancing In The MoonlightHow could anyone NOT fall in love with Jake? He's truly amazing. Smart, funny, handsome, kind. Truly a perfect guy. If not for his idiot, dishonest father, he and the heroine would have been married long before.
by Raeanne Thayne
Jake Dalton has finally found his place in the world. A family physician in his small hometown of Pine Gulch, Idaho, he enjoys the satisfaction of caring for people he's known all his life -- and he especially enjoys knowing he's more than just the quiet, bookish Dalton brother who never truly felt like he belonged on the ranch.
Jake's comfortable life is thrown into tumult by the not-so-triumphant return to Pine Gulch of Magdalena Cruz, battered and broken. He hid it from everyone, especially her, but Jake has always been a little in love with Maggie. He knew it wouldn't have done him any good to show his interest to her. Maggie despises everything Dalton and blames his family for her father's death. Now Maggie has suffered another terrible loss serving her country and has returned to Pine Gulch to recover.
She never expects a Dalton, of all people, to work his healing magic on both her body and her heart.
I can't say exactly why I enjoyed this book more than so many others that end up as wall-bangers, but I did. The characters were interesting, the chemistry real, the writing was good, and the story interested me.
I admit to struggling with the heroine's issues of deciding her love life was at an end because she'd lost a leg. Of course, I haven't lived through that kind of trauma, but part of me kept thinking, "It's a leg -- your face isn't disfigured, you're not covered in burn scars." - I can understand why those type of injuries can be extremely demoralizing. Still, as I noted, since I haven't been through the trauma of any kind of severe physical injury, the motivation may be fine.
Still, Raeanne Thayne has never disappointed me in her storytelling ability. This isn't the first book of hers I've read, and it won't be the last. She's solid in her skill and she always entertains. Reading her books is never a waste of my time. "Dancing in the Moonlight" is book two in the Cowboy's of Cold Creek series (I messed up and read it first). Turns out I have the other two in my TBR pile, but didn't pay attention to the fact they're a series. Oops. Looks like "Light The Stars" is the next for me!