Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Aidan: Loyal Cowboy - Cathy McDavid (HAR #1409 - July 2012)

Series: Harts of the Rodeo (Book 1) 

Aidan "Ace" Hart left Flynn McKinley heartbroken when he put family duty above her feelings. Then one night, the old passions were reignited and now Flynn is about to get something she's always wanted—a child to love. 

Ace takes his responsibilities very seriously. Running Thunder Ranch and his busy veterinary practice leaves little time for a personal life. That'll only get worse now that he's spending every spare minute with Midnight, the champion rodeo stallion he hopes will save the ranch from financial disaster.

Flynn refuses to marry Ace and be yet one more "responsibility" to him. She wants Ace to want to marry her! And until he admits he loves her, she's determined to raise her baby alone…. 

Good book.  Flynn has been in love with Ace for years, but every time they seem to be getting closer, his family responsibilities pull him away.  He is the oldest of the four siblings and when his father died, leaving the ranch in financial difficulty Ace saw it as his job to step up.  One brother devotes his time to rodeo, avoiding the ranch whenever he can, the other joined the Marines, and their sister is the sheriff of their town.  Ace also has a busy vet practice, leaving him little time for anything else.  When a one night burst of passion leaves Flynn pregnant, Ace immediately proposes.  But Flynn had already been through one marriage where her husband put his work first over their relationship and she wasn't going to do it again.  Plus, he has never actually said that he loves her.  Ace is stunned when Flynn says no, but won't give up.  Unfortunately, it seems that whenever he takes Flynn out something comes up to interrupt them.  Flynn finally gave up and made plans to move away and start a new life, close enough for Ace to visit the baby, but giving her the distance she needed. During the last argument, Flynn accused Ace of using family to avoid making commitments, that he had never really given anyone else a chance to help.  I was glad to see that Ace finally realized what he had been doing wrong.  While I understood Flynn's point of view, I often felt that she was being kind of unreasonable about some things.  I was glad to see that they were finally able to reach the compromises necessary to be happy.

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