Saturday, July 6, 2013

Branded by a Callahan-Tina Leonard

Branded by a Callahan

Tina Leonard

Harlequin American, Jul 2 2013, $5.50

ISBN: 9780373754618

After surviving Firefreak the bounty bull, retired SEAL Dante Callahan tells his twin brother Tighe he is heading home to Rancho Diablo in Hell’s Colony, Texas to see the family dressed for Halloween. Tighe says his sibling is going home to see bodyguard Ana St. John. Dante acts indifferently but both knows his love is unrequited.

At home, Ana catches an intruder. Later that same night, Dante and Ana wake up in the bed of a speeding ruck. Both are confused but conclude someone kidnapped them. They escape with each knowing their mutual attraction is stratospheric but neither willing to admit it to the other. When she wears a magical wedding dress that “measures” a woman’s desire to marry, both finally admit their love for each other.

The latest Callahan ranch romance (see His Callahan Bride Baby and A Callahan Outlaw’s Twins) is an enjoyable contemporary but never cohesively merges the romantic main plot with the wedding dress fantasy and the failed kidnapping incidents suspense. Fans will enjoy this tale due to the nice coupling of the bodyguard and the former SEAL who will do anything to win her love he already has while also looking forward to Tighe’s adventures with River.

Harriet Klausner

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