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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Caitlyn’s Prize by Linda Warren

Caitlyn’s Prize by Linda Warren
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (242 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Caitlyn Belle will die before she'll let Judd Calhoun take her Texas ranch! Her arrogant and wealthy neighbor has been waiting to get back at her for jilting him years ago. But she wasn't about to be roped and steered into wedlock—even if her feelings for Judd went far beyond a business arrangement between their two families.

Judd will never forgive Cait for walking out on him. Now that her late father's gambling debts have her backed into a corner, Judd's ready to take his sweet revenge. But first he has to forget the yearning in Cait's forget-me-not blue eyes. Just when Judd thinks he's over her, trust the fearless, stubborn woman to tempt him once again.
She wants love and to run her father’s ranch. He wants to believe in love, if he understood what love was. When they split, it’s devastating. When they reunite, it’s Caitlyn’s Prize.

Ms. Warren writes a fun western novel full of memorable characters and detailed scenes. You feel like you’re really there on the ranches, going through the motions of doing the chores and such. It was like reading about your own family, if you live on a farm.

Although I wished she hadn’t been so blunt and cranky with Judd, I understood Caitlyn’s desire to walk away from him. She thought he didn’t love her. Who hasn’t been in a situation that would’ve been different if a few more words were spoken? It’s easy for the reader to identify with. I also liked Judd’s determination not to fall for her once again, even after he decides to help her save the ranch. So many times we try to evade fate only to have it dropped square in our laps.

The supporting characters really made this story. I liked Gran. Caitlyn tried so hard to keep the bad things away from her and out of her range of knowledge. Still, she knew exactly what was going on. She reminded me of my own grandmother.

If you want a saucy novel full of characters that stay with you long after the book closes, then you need to read Caitlyn’s Prize.