Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mistletoe Rodeo - Amanda Renee

Mistletoe Rodeo
Amanda Renee
Harlequin American Romance, Oct 1 2015, $5.50
ISBN: 9780373755899

In Las Vegas at the National Rodeo Championship, bull rider Chase Langtry feels depressed for failing to win his event even if a shoulder injury cost him the title.  As he slinks home to the Bridle Dance Ranch feeling sick; Chase knows he let down everyone at the Ride 'Em High! Rodeo School and in his hometown of Ramblewood, Texas especially his brother; they relied on him taking the gold for a needed PR boost. 

Reporter Nola West wants to interview Chase for an article on someone who lost though she finds him a difficult elusive subject even tougher to cover than Kuwait.  Though attracted to her beauty and feistiness, Chase persistently declines.  Obstinate Nola refuses to accept his refusal.  Acquiescing if she also writes an article on the Mistletoe Rodeo; he soon wants even more from the journalist.  She feels the same, but accepts they have nothing else in common as their differences are wider than Texas.

The fifth Welcome to Ramblewood (see Back to Texas and Home to the Cowboy) is an enjoyable small-town romance starring opposites in love.  Although a third party adds unneeded tension, the storyline is tremendous when the protagonists struggle with unwanted feelings both distrust.

Harriet Klausner

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