Texas Rebels: Falcon
Harlequin American, Aug 1 2015, $5.50
Over seventeen years ago, Leah Rebel gave birth to a daughter Eden. However, her husband Falcon noticed his wife was not the same. Three months after their child was born, Leah leaves behind a note with no warm salutations explaining she needs time. In the present single dad Falcon reflects on he waited long enough for his spouse to come home to her family and that he never could explain to Eden why her mom abandoned her and him.
Thus Falcon is stunned when Leah arrives at the ranch with one request: to meet Eden, but also promises to disappear forever afterward. Though he wants to loath her and resents her desertion, Falcon feels like a fool because he still loves her. He also thinks Leah has been dishonest about why she left and where she has been since she vanished. Even his argument that Eden needs her mom fails to sway her to stay in touch. Falcon vows to learn what frightens his wife that she ran away once and looks ready to bolt again.
Though over the top, the second Texas Rebels ranch romance (see Egan) is a suspenseful, entertaining second chance at family. The single dad and his teenage daughter are pleasing characters, but the enigmatic runaway makes for a fascinating drama.