The final Tanner brother gets his story in the newest chapter of Gregory’s charming Lonesome Way series. Rodeo champ Jake Tanner is a rover, always on the road and avoiding romantic commitments in an attempt to escape from his guilt over failing a friend. Gregory’s specialty is creating rich characters who breathe life into her warmhearted and so very likable stories.
After a nasty breakup where she was bitterly deceived, Carly McKinnon had a one-night stand with sexy rodeo champ Jake Tanner while on a business trip. Jake made it clear he was not looking for commitment, so when Carly discovers she is pregnant she doesn’t contact him. What Carly does do however is move to Lonesome Way, Wyoming, where both Jake’s family and her own foster cousin live. Little Emma is 18 months old when Jake comes home for a visit and discovers the truth. To Carly’s surprise, Jake insists on being a part of Emma’s life even if they are not a couple. The attraction between them has not cooled, but can Jake leave his demons behind and look to the future? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jul., 304 pp., $7.99)