Series & Title: Wrangler's Creek, Book 1: Those Texas Nights
Author: Delores Fossen
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Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: December 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: Harlequin Books
Reviewed For: TLC Book Tours
The Granger siblings thought they'd left their ranching days behind, until fate sends them home to Wrangler's Creek, Texas—and into the passionate arms of those they'd least expect…
It's some run of bad luck when Sophie Granger loses her business and gets left at the altar all in one day. Desperate to not appear jilted, Sophie begs Clay McKinnon, Wrangler's Creek's smoking-hot police chief, to pretend they're having an affair. But Clay refuses, leaving Sophie to retreat to the family ranch to lick her wounds.
Hoping to leave his disreputable past behind, Clay moved to Wrangler's Creek for a fresh start. But that looks unlikely when Sophie's ex-fiancé shows up married to Clay's impulsive kid sister. Overcome, Sophie resuggests the affair—but this time for real. Clay is hesitant. City-girl Sophie isn't usually his type. But he can't deny the desire she elicits—or his yearning to have her plant her cowboy roots for good.
Sophie's a jilted bride, which, honestly, is just as well as her ex-fiance's love interest is pregnant. Hm... Yeah, that's a chapter best skipped over. But being left at the altar's the least of Sophie's worries when the family business gets investigated by the FBI and she's forced to move in with the rest of her family into her grandfather's ranch in Texas.
And you'd think the woman would catch a break. Nope, not a chance.
The man she propositions to help her get over the embarrassment of being left at the altar is single and hotter than sin. But he has no interest in playing games with a city girl. Clay's the police chief and has enough on his plate, including his little sister who comes home pregnant and married, surprise-surprise!-to Sophie's ex.
If that's not a signal of the fun that's about to begin, I'm not sure what is.
Wrangler's Creek is home to a ton of colorful characters like Vita. So, she's a local witch and mom to Sophie's good friend Mila. And chickens. Can't forget the chickens that, for whatever reason, are content to wreck havoc at Clay's house. Vita's attempts at ridding his house of them will make you smile if not laugh.
Then there's everyone else in town. They can't seem to keep their comments about Clay and Sophie to themselves. Everyone's got something to say. It was both amusing and annoying, you know? It's obvious some hearts are in the right place but Clay and Sophie needed to work through their attraction themselves. Such is the life in a small town, I guess.
As a warning, there is one character you should be aware of. Belle. She's Sophie's mom and mean as hell. She has nothing nice to say about anyone, her own children included. Her bitterness seeps through the pages and annoyed me to no end. I wanted so badly to scribble her out of the book. I didn't like her that much. Maybe she redeems herself in later books. I hope so. Maybe I'll like her then, but not right now.
What surprised me was this story didn't have much a romance buildup between Clay and Sophie. The attraction was undeniable but the their relationship progressed fairly quickly. Funny thing, or good thing, is it didn't feel rushed. When they took that chance and said, "Let's do this," they did. They hit the ground running, didn't slow down, and I loved it.
I loved this story for everything it is, including the bitter, hateful, spite filled mom. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series. It'll be great to see Sophie's brothers find love and happiness too.
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.