Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Cowboy’s Secret Baby - Karen Rose Smith

The Cowboy’s Secret Baby
Karen Rose Smith
Harlequin Special Edition, Jul 21 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373659043

In Fawn Grove, California, Marissa Lopez stops at the physical therapy center to talk to her friend Sara Cramer (see Wanted: A Real Family) when she sees Ty Conroy.  To most people, Ty is a former bull-rider whose career ended with an injury; but to Marissa he is the father of her baby who is unaware he has a son.  Marissa bluntly asks him why he is at the center; he responds knee replacement.

At his family Cozy C Ranch, Jace’s Uncle Eli tells him Marissa is a single mom raising her fourteen month old baby.  Ty cringe when he realizes conception would be when they hooked up.  He visits Marissa who is wearing a T-shirt saying “Jordan’s Mommy”.  Stunned he asks why she failed to inform him; she responds rodeo cowboys cannot be fathers and besides like her dad would resent being forced to marry due to a pregnancy.  She further explains she and Jordan have made it due to the Mommy Club (see A Match Made By Baby).  Finally he insists, as Jordan’s father, spending time with his no longer secret son.  As Jordan’s parents work on the details, their attraction remains palatable.  Soon both conceal from the other they want to become a family of three and counting.

The third Mommy Club family drama displays Karen Rose Smith’s immense talent; as the author makes very fresh an overused technique due to a strong lead trio especially the mommy logic, his family particularly doubting Eli, and the club including stars of previous tales.  Character-driven, love turns The Cowboy’s Secret Baby into no secret anymore as Ty wants to shout to everyone that he is Jordan’s daddy.

Harriet Klausner

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