The Cowboy and the Lady
Harlequin American, Sep 1 2015, $5.50
In Indiana, Deborah Kincannon informs her husband John that she is going to bail out her younger brother Ryan who lives with them. Resentful, angrily John orders his wife to leave the fifteen year old miscreant rot in jail. Further stunning Deborah, John insists she choose between him and her wastrel sibling.
Knowing her marriage of four years ended and she was drowning; but also feeling her sibling needs a change of scenery and help, Deborah escorts troubled Ryan to the Healing Ranch in Forever, Texas. Upon meeting the two Hoosiers, Jackson White Eagle believes his pioneering ranch program can heal Ryan and even his worried older sister. Even knowing she plans to return home to Indiana Jackson hires Debi as a temporary nurse. As Ryan’s soul heals, the Texas rancher and the Indiana nurse fall in love, but her stay is not Forever unless Jackson can persuade her otherwise.
The latest Forever, Texas romance (see the Murphy brothers in Her Forever Cowboy and Cowboy For Hire) is a wonderful contemporary starring two amiable leads and a troubled, somewhat naive but healing “matchmaker”. Although resentful John feels unnecessary to the plot except adding stress to already stressed out Debi, and Ryan’s emotional healing seems relatively too easy even with setbacks; readers will root for his continual improving mental health, and for The Cowboy and The Lady to make it forever.