A Rancher’s Redemption
Harlequin American Romance, Oct 7 2014, $5.50
Since they became friends attending high school in Prosperity, Montana over a decade and half ago, Nick Kelly and Dani Pettit have relied on each other when things go wrong especially in their love life; although this happens to her (several times a years) than him (once). The rancher and the heir to Big Mama’s Café know a shared brick of ice cream goes a long way to mend a broken heart.
However this is the first time that each has need of a pity party at the same time. When they snuggle and kiss, Nick and Dani are stunned by their respective reactions and an abiding fear that they risk their friendship if they pursue romance; yet not to try leaves the elephant in the room.
The second thirty-something Prosperity, Montana romance (see A Rancher’s Honor) is a likable contemporary as the leads struggle to adjust to a new paradigm of becoming Friends and Lovers that each prefers never happened. Although Dani’s behavior seems more like a young teen in first love rather than a mature adult, readers will enjoy this drama; as the stars learn “…in our hearts we agree; We don't have to be one or the other, Oh no we could be both to each other” (Days of Our Lives’ Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson song Friends and Lover)