I'm sure it is no surprise to any of my readers that I enjoy romance novels. However, they are a bit like candy--sweet but not too substantial, and after a while you get sick of it. I've read a couple lately that I enjoyed but which I cannot get motivated to review. Still I want to say a few words to make the nice folks who let me have them happy. Both are from NetGalley.
About the Book:
Chet Leonard's life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.
Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King's Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King's Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet's families at last discover a love without end.
Can two hurting people find love? Of course they can. This is a Christian romance so the characters go to church, pray, and keep things chaste. Chet is friends with a minister and they talk a couple of times but for the most part this is far more a clean romance than a religious one. Grade: B.
About the Book:
Wedding bells are ringing on the Double-Bar-K and Luke Matheson is determined to make his move on his favorite bridesmaid--sweet, sexy Mia Start. Though she's shared his house for more than two months, she's remained elusive. Luke's ready to cross that divide, and win her love for good.
Mia would give anything to marry Luke, but he won't want her once he knows the truth; she's four months pregnant with another man's child. It's time to find a real home--and a real job--so she can raise her baby alone.
When a nosy neighbor exposes Mia's pregnancy at his brother's wedding, Luke sees his chance to finally get what he wants. He lays claim to the baby--and to Mia--but their happily-ever-after lasts barely a day. When Luke's pride clashes with Mia's need for independence, Mia calls their brand new engagement off.
Can Luke convince her to change her mind? Or will these wedding bells sound the death knell of their relationship?
In case you couldn't tell by the cover, this one was not a Christian romance. As general market romance goes, I'd put it in the middle of the spectrum--not the steamiest around, but definitely not chaste either. It is one of those Mars/Venus stories where all he wants to do is take care of her, and all she wants to do is to prove to herself, if not to everyone, that she can take care of herself. Grade: B.