Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming-Linda Warren

Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming

Linda Warren

Harlequin American Romance, Nov 27 2012, $5.25

ISBN: 9780373754335

Marine Staff Sergeant Tomas “Tuf” Hart had no plans to come home except perhaps in a pine box with a flag draped on it. Now two years since he left the marines, Tuf heads to Roundup, Montana as his family’s Thunder Ranch faces bankruptcy. On the road he sees a little girl Sadie whose mother calls to her. Tuf recognizes the voice of Cheyenne Wright, who he has wanted since they were teens and rodeo performers.

The adults are attracted to one another and he quickly falls in love with Sadie and her twin Sammie. However, Cheyenne refuses to get involved with a veteran as her late husband Ryan came back from the war zone radically changed into a violent raging maniac. Meanwhile the Hart family banks on Midnight saving the ranch by winning the National Finals Rodeo.

The final Hart romance (written by different authors) is a terrific contemporary ranch romance that adds poignancy with a deep look at how war changes a person and consequently that individual’s family. The lead couple is a strong pairing, but it is how the twins differently react to their father’s rage and death that make for a strong wounded warrior homecoming.

Harriet Klausner

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