Pamela Britton~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
A Cowboy's Christmas Wedding
Harlequin American #1476
Cabe Jensen and Saedra Robbins have never gotten along. She always seems to say the wrong thing, annoying him. But underneath the arguments is a tension of a different sort. She finds him attractive, but knows he’s not likely to respond. He lost his wife and brother in a terrible accident and nearly lost his teenage daughter as well. Cabe has been unable to move past his grief and has lived in a sort of suspended animation since his wife’s death.
The last thing Cabe wants is to have Saedra underfoot, but Cabe's best friend is marrying Saedra's best friend here at the ranch so he’s stuck with her. Christmas is coming, and every minute brings more painful memories of the people and the life he’s lost. His hormones, at least, are urging him to move on with Saedra. She is more than willing to join him as long as their relationship never transcends sex to reach their emotions.
Pamela Britton's latest is a sequel, but readers won’t need to read A Cowboy’s Pride to enjoy this one. Her prickly hero and heroine are empathetic, and Cabe's daughter is a radiant joy. The emotions feel real here--joy as well as pain--and Saedra's and Cabe's physical connection feels genuine.
Heather Nordahl Files
A Cowboy's Pride
Harlequin American #1453
lana McClintock's passion for physical therapy started with Rana, a young girl who has come back from being a paraplegic to being fully able to use her arms and legs. Now Alana works at the New Horizons Ranch, a place where people with disabilities-- adults or children--can enjoy all the amenities. But their latest guest is going to be trouble.
Trent Anderson used to ride in the rodeo, but a devastating accident killed his friend and put him in a wheelchair. Drowning in guilt and anger, he has resisted therapy to this point, but Alana won’t take no for an answer. She cuts through his moods and forces him to work, and though he’s exhausted, pretty soon he’s noticing improvements he never would have expected. He wonders if Alana could be attracted to a man in a wheelchair.
Pamela Britton's latest is a powerful, emotional tale where both characters bear injuries beyond the physical. Both Alana and Trent are haunted by survivor's guilt, and while Alana may not bear any physical scars, her psychological scars create barriers that are a challenge to overcome. This tale's only flaw is a somewhat rushed resolution.
Heather Nordahl Files