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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Cowboy’s Pride by Charlene Sands



The Cowboy’s Pride by Charlene Sands
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (221 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Honeysuckle



He'd been ready to move on, to marry a woman who'd provide him with heirs. But a year of separation hasn't slaked rancher Clayton Worth's raging desire for his soon-to-be ex-wife. And Trish is as unpredictable as ever. Her mysterious reluctance to have kids was what drove them apart. Now Trish is back in Red Ridge, mother to a baby girl. The irony is maddening.

Trish urgently needs to finalize their divorce before Clayton's irresistible charm can melt her resolve. Because his touch awakens a consuming hunger that hasn't died. They'd thought it was all over between them…but their hearts have other ideas.

“And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now”...Taylor Swift could have been singing on the soundtrack for Charlene Sand’s second book in this wonderful trilogy of the Worth family.

Clay and Trish are married but only for a few more weeks. As soon as Trish organizes the fund raising gala for their joint charity, Penny’s Song, she’ll sign the paperwork and that will be the end of that. Life and some timely miscommunication have a way of creating havoc in an otherwise loving relationship.

Can love be rekindled from tragedy? Well, we have a cowboy with almost as much pride as he does money, we have an estranged wife that brings home a “little” surprise and we have a love that never really went away. Sounds like Ms. Sands has all the right elements for an amazing Harlequin romance.

We first met Clay in Tagg and Camilla’s story, Carrying the Rancher’s Heir. As the oldest of the Worth brother’s he has the most responsibility and manages to drive off the one woman who can not only help him shoulder that responsibility but challenge him in a way that keeps their relationship fresh and exciting.

Ms. Sands does a beautiful job of creating two characters that practically sizzle the pages with their tangible chemistry. It’s obvious early on that both Clay and Trish are still attracted to one another. When they finally give into a “pre-divorce fling” readers will understand why they begin to question their motives for separating in the first place. Ms. Sands brings the reader right into the scene and I can tell you everyone walks away satisfied.

As I mentioned, this is the second in this trilogy of the Worth sons. Jackson’s story has yet to be told and this reviewer can’t wait. Jackson seems to be the playboy of the three brothers so I’ll be interested in seeing who will tame him.

If you happen to read the books out of order it won’t hurt the overall story even though it’s obvious that Clay and Trish’s story picks up about a week or so after Tagg and Camilla’s story. They each read just fine as a stand-alone. If you crave the intensity of the love that shines through in a Harlequin novel you will not want to miss this terrific story teller or the family she’s created. Ms. Sands is an auto buy for this reviewer and shouldn’t be missed by anyone who appreciates clean writing and a story that carries the reader on amazing and heart felt journey.





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