Author: Kathleen Ball
Series Connection: The Dawson Ranch Series
Genre: Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Secret Cravings Romance
Purchase Link: Secret Cravings
On an errand to check out a property in a small Texas town for her stepbrother Annie's rental car breaks down on the side of the road and Burke comes to her rescue. Before long the two are hitting off. When Annie learns that Burke is searching for a wife she throws her name into the ring. Burke is incredibly attracted to Annie, but he has had the worst experience with a city girl and knew that Annie wasn't made for ranch life and rejects her.
Sending her away was for the best, but when he can't stop thinking at Annie, he sends for her asking to marry her. The only problem is not everyone is happy about the two being together and everything falls apart.
While I can't say this is the most original theme, I did like the way the author put it all together and I was able to easily immerse myself into this couple's world and read right through. I loved Annie's transition to make herself into a stronger person, but still keep her ability to help people along the way. Nicely done.
Everything in Annie Douglas' life has taught her that men can’t be trusted. Although Burke is big, strong, and not seemingly gentle, Annie feels drawn to the handsome Texas cowboy. Upon discovering Burke’s advertisement for a wife, Annie shyly asks if he might consider her.
Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now Burke’s determined to find an honest country girl with no expectations of love.
Misunderstandings, accidents, and treachery leads to Annie leaving shattered and alone. Can their shaking start lead to the possible loving relationship they both desire but neither is sure of?