CLAIMING HER COWBOY
Her temporary cowboy
Attorney Jackson Harris regularly goes toe-to-toe with the world's toughest lawyers -- but none of them compare to Lucy Maxwell. The feisty director of Oklahoma's Big Heart Ranch for orphans is as stubborn as she is pretty. But Jack must stay focused: he's only there to evaluate the ranch's funding. Falling for Lucy and the sweet children she protects is out of the question. Though Lucy is determined to keep the ranch she's not about to give control to a city slicker -- even a devastatingly good-looking one. But as they bump heads, Jack and Lucy gradually nudge open their hearts. Could a temporary cowboy become a permanent part of Lucy's life?
Big Heart Ranch: where new beginnings are found
First off. That cover!!!!! Kind of makes a fainting couch warning redundant since you're already in full swoon mode. And yes, Jack, that 'white collar rebel' (p 61) is just as alluring as that cover art promises.
The citified Oklahoma boy is getting back to his roots and it's a baptism by fire thanks to Lucy's wicked sense of justice (aka humour.) This is romantic comedy at it's finest. One scene in particular -- involving a certain cantankerous Mrs. Carmody filled me with giddy delight. In fact, I pretty much snort/hiccuped my way through the entire read because that's what happens when I laugh and cry at the same time and Radcliffe is really good at fusing humour with heart-wrenching tenderness. I was a sniveling mess by the end.
So we start out with fireworks right from the first meet. He's determined to protect his aunt's considerable income from 'shysters' like Lucy. She's fuming over his tightfisted reins on the large donation her family counts on to keep their ranch for orphans running.These two are a riot together -- the micro manager in her doesn't want to give an inch. She's all about control and he's all about wresting it from her. Sparks fly, tempers flare and it's time to cue the wickedly clever banter. And all that charged electricity serves to heighten the romance because "He'd rather argue with Lucy than spend time with anyone else." (p.118)
And while Miss Lucy was busy claiming her cowboy, I was losing my heart to the littlest cowboy on the ranch. Gape-toothed, tousled haired five-year-old Dub might just outshine Jack as hero of the day. The little guy has a Goliath size faith and he isn't afraid to show it.
Heartwarming, toe-curling and hilarious. What's not to love? And kudos to the author for using fiduciary in a sentence more than once. It really doesn't get better than this.
My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.
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