Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Rancher's Unexpected Family - Myrna MacKenzie (HR #4340 - Oct 2012)

Series: Larkville Legacy (Book 4)

It's well-known in Larkville that "no" is pretty much the sum total of cowboy Holt Calhoun's vocabulary ever since his marriage ended.

Single mom-to-be Kathryn Ellis won't take no for an answer. She needs Holt's influence, as head of the town's most powerful family, to save the local clinic before her baby is born!

But an early arrival with Kathryn's sparkling eyes and heart-melting smile makes it impossible for Holt to turn on his spurred heel and walk away.…

Very good book.  I liked both Holt and Kathryn.  Kathryn was back home after the end of her marriage as she tries to get her life back on track.  One thing she wants to do is get a new medical clinic built in Larksville.  This needs community involvement and she needs some help with that.  The best person is Holt, but he is being hard to get, ignoring her calls.  She finally goes to the ranch and confronts him in person.  Kathryn convinces him to help, but he wants to do it his own way.  Kathryn needs this project to go well so that she can use it to get a job and support her baby.  She had had a crush on Holt when in school and finds that the feelings are still there.  She sees that he gives the appearance of not caring, but she can see that there is a caring man beneath the surface bitterness.  I liked the growth she shows in learning to stand up for herself and go after what she needs.  Holt had had a lot of losses in his life and developed his attitude as a form of protection.  No matter what he did, Kathryn didn't give up on getting his help, and he soon found that he wanted to be involved.  Kathryn and her baby had worked their way into his heart but he still felt that he had nothing to offer.  I liked the way that even though he swore he wasn't interested in doing anything but work his ranch, he was the one the townspeople went to when they needed help.  This showed me that he was a lot more caring than he let on.  I liked the way that he choked up at the end when Kathryn gave him her gift. 

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