Title: Lone Star Nights
Series: The McCord Brothers, Book 2
Author: Delores Fossen
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: Harlequin
Reviewed For: TLC Book Tours
No strings attached is pretty much Lucky McCord's calling card in Spring Hill, Texas, but when family is on the line, this cowboy's honor and heart are about to get lassoed, tied and branded
Every family needs its black sheep, and Austin "Lucky" McCord is happy to oblige. The bad-boy bull rider lives fast and loose, until his business partner leaves him an unexpected bequest. Suddenly Lucky is sharing custody of two children with Cassie Weatherall, one of the few homegrown women he hasn't bedded. And not from lack of trying…
Cassie fled her messy past to become a celebrity therapist in LA. So why does it feel so right to come back and share parenting duties—and chrome-melting kisses—with a man she's striven to avoid? Loving Lucky always seemed like a sure bet for heartache. But for this perfectly imperfect family, Cassie might just gamble with everything she's got.
Ms. Fossen's a new to me author and I'm so glad I had the chance to get to know her writing style through this book.
The brilliance of this story wasn't just the characters. Lucky and Cassie made terrific leads, each with their own personality, history, and hang-ups. Separate, they were walking, talking, breathing messes. Together... Well, they weren't any better, lol.
Lucky and Cassie have something of a history together. He crushed hard on her when he was younger. She never gave him the time of day. That changes when his late business partner, who happens to be Cassie's grandmother, names them guardians of two very different children. How's a man who lives fast and loose, and a woman who's prone to panic attacks, supposed to help the children under their care when they can barely help themselves?
It isn't that either are incapable of showering, dressing, eating, etc. It's that their hang-ups are many and have yet to be dealt with. Throw in two children and, well, it was either going to be a disaster of atomic proportions or an eye-opening experience of redemption.
In a way, it was both.
Ms. Fossen didn't shy from emotions. It didn't matter who was front and center at any given moment in this story. When emotions ran high, I felt them. The ups and downs of this story made the ending so satisfying. The changes in everyone--Lucky, Cassie, and the kids--were amazing to see. For me, they were more incredible than the romance and familial affection that grew between this unlikely family.
If you haven't read anything by Ms. Fossen, I hope you give Lucky and Cassie's story a chance. It isn't dark or angst-filled or sex-fueled. It's real with tense moments countered by lightheartedness and humor. It's a story worth reading, and definitely more than once.
USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.