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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Showdown in Southfork by Celia Yeary

Showdown in Southfork by Celia Yeary
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (112 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Vervain

Marla Ellington inherits an abandoned town on ranchland near Wayback, Texas. When she arrives to claim her property, and finds Cody Matheson sitting on the porch of the dilapidated honky-tonk, her temper flares hotter than her pistol. Anger blazing, she settles in for a showdown.

Cody’s only goal for the week is to win the bull-riding event at the Saturday night rodeo. But when Marla receives an anonymous threat that forces her to leave town, Cody finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a mystery. ’Course, catching a criminal and lasting eight seconds on a bull are easy compared to winning the love of the feisty, strawberry-blonde beauty who wants nothing to do with him. Now it's his turn for a showdown.

Characters who are more than what they seem, secondary characters with hidden agendas, and a little action sprinkled in for good measure make this an interesting story.

The book started out a little slow, but picked up midway through. At first I wasn’t too sure about the hero of the tale, Cody Matheson, but he grew on me. He’s so many things rolled into one, but “cowboy” is the label that seems to fit him best of all. The heroine, Marla, at first comes across as a spoiled city girl, but you get to know her better as the book progresses. Short, sassy, and a ball of fun, she was a completely entertaining character to read about.

The romance was built slowly, but it was woven throughout the story. The only downside was not knowing whether or not Cody becomes the PBR champion a second year in a row.

Showdown in Southfork is an entertaining story with just enough action and intrigue to keep you reading. It’s a satisfying tale that will make you turn page after page waiting to see how it ends.