Why do I resist?
Reining in the Rancher by Karen Templeton
Last year both Holly and Wendy wrote great reviews about a Silhouette Special Edition series by Ms. Templeton.
The three book series was called "Guys and Daughters" . The books were Dear Santa (SSE #1864), Yours, Mine ... or Ours? (SSE #1876) and Baby I'm Yours (SSE #1893). Since I'm as susceptible as the next person, I was sufficiently intrigued to give Ms. Templeton a try. So, of course, that's exactly what I did. I really enjoyed the series, but singled out Baby I'm Yours as the best of the three. I wrote a little bit about it here.
Just to clarify, before I continue, I'm not a complete dunce. I did remember liking Ms. Templeton's writing. The 'Guys and Daughters' series left enough of an impression that I picked it up her next two SSE releases. The conundrum is my resistance to reading them. Why the resistance? I really couldn't tell you. I don't know. I would just look at the books and think, not now.
Now to the reason why this is worth mentioning...
The current series Ms. Templeton is working on for SSE is 'Wed in the West'. Reining in the Rancher (SSE #1948 Jan 09) is the second book of the series. It's also the book I picked up a couple of nights ago. I was looking for something light to read before I went to sleep and thought a category romance was just the ticket. This particular book just happened to be handy, which is really code for 'it was on my night stand'.
The plan, because I always have one, was to read about 25 pages turn out the light and get a good night's sleep. Riiiiiiight. I picked up the book at around 9 PM. I put it down, finished, at around 12:30 AM.
From page one I was hooked. This is a simple story and so implausible on some levels that it's very implausibility is what sort of makes it believable. At least that was the case for me. It was a wonderfully well paced little gem that I couldn't read fast enough.
I didn't read the first book in this series, A Mother's Wish (SSE #1916) and it didn't impact my reading Reining in the Rancher at all. I do, however, have A Mother's Wish in my tbr and you can believe I will be reading it soon.
So, don't resist like I did. If you haven't tried Karen Templeton, you should. This was a great quick read with characters you can care about.
Strong B grade for me.