Cowgirls Don’t Cry
Harlequin Desire, Jan 1 2014, $5.25
The blizzard shut down O’Hare stranding travelers like affluent lawyer Chance Barron at least overnight. Also trapped in Chicago is Cassidy Morgan, who was flying to Oklahoma City to say goodbye to her dying father Ben. Pulling no sugarcoated punches; Uncle Boots tells her tomorrow morning will be too late to see Ben alive, but he will delay the cremation until she can see her dad one last time. Though she lives in the city, the storm made it impossible to go home. At a hotel near the airport, Chance and Cass meet in a bar and soon share the night.
The next morning, flights start taking off with Chance and Cass both heading to Oklahoma City; and once there onto Royal, Texas. Each wants to see the other, but she has a funeral and a ranch sale. His influential jackass father Cyrus loathed her dad over a woman decades ago so even with Ben dead his grudge lives. Ergo he interferes with his son’s intimate relationship with his enemy’s daughter.
The first Red Dirt Royalty contemporary is an enjoyable seemingly star-crossed romance. Readers root for courageous Cass while wondering when, if ever, Chance will stand up to his martinet father and just say no.