Archive for November, 2012

Remember Me, Cowboy-CJ Carmichael

November 29, 2012

Remember Me, Cowboy

CJ Carmichael

Harlequin American, Jan 2 2013, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373754380

 

In Montana at the Coffee Creek United Church, the bride Winnie Hays worries when the groom Brock Lambert, the best man sibling Corb Lambert and their driver Jackson Stone fail to arrive on time.  Winnie’s BFF Laurel Sheridan, who spent quality time with Corb, tries to calm down the panicking bride.  Sheriff Savannah Moody arrives at the church sadly to tell the wedding party that Jackson’s SUV hit a moose killing Brock, leaving Corb comatose and the driver injured but mentally devastated.

 

Two months later, a pregnant Laurel wonders what to do as the father of her baby Corb does not remember her name since he regained consciousness but lost his memory.  She considers returning to New York where she has made a life for herself since she left Montana after college; while Corb wants to do right with the mother of his child even if he cannot recognize her.  As he courts her their attraction grows until she flees due to her fear of love.

 

Though amnesia has been used as a plot device frequently, CJ Carmichael deftly deploys it to enhance an emotional second chance at love tale (though the first time around neither was aware of how deep their feelings were).  Character driven, readers will remember this powerful Big Sky drama.

 

Harriet Klausner

A Callahan Outlaw’s Twins-Tina Leonard

November 29, 2012

A Callahan Outlaw’s Twins

Tina Leonard

Harlequin American, Jan 2 2013, $5.25

ISBN: 978-0373754373

 

Former Navy SEAL Sloan Chacon prefers the life of a loner.  His paternal grandfather Chief Running Bear sends him a vague message to travel to New Mexico in order to protect his family and their heritage as represented by the seven large stones.  Ignoring his desire to disregard the plea, Sloan heads to the Land of Enchantment in order to safeguard his extended family (including Callahan cousins he never met) and their land.

 

Kendall Phillips serves as the link between the Callahan and Chacon cousins.  She and the lone wolf ex-Navy are attracted to one another, a desire neither wants.  When she becomes pregnant carrying his twins, Sloan realizes he wants her and their babies as part of his family.  However, it is the abduction attempt of his beloved that has Sloan knowing he loves the petit spitfire.

 

The latest Callahan enchanting New Mexico ranch romance (see The Cowboy Soldier’s Son) is a terrific entry that expands the original family by introducing cousins.  Though somewhat typical of the sub-genre, this fast-paced engaging tale of love hooks contemporary fans from the moment the two obstinate protagonists meet.

 

Harriet Klausner