The 13th entry in James’ Rough Riders series is fresh and entertaining. She manages to intertwine a searing love story with a variety of familial relationships that not only keeps the readers up-to-date with the McKay family but with the heroine’s as well. It’s enjoyable to watch the growth of the protagonists.
Tell McKay is just another in a long line of hard-working, hard-playing McKay cowboys. But in high school he was nothing like the handsome, ripped man he is now. Back then he had an unrequited crush on cheerleader Georgia Hotchkiss, who was committed to the big man on campus and married him right after they graduated. Now they’re divorced, and she’s back in town on business and wants Tell to take her to their 10th high school reunion. He agrees with the proviso that they become bedmates as well. This starts a passionate affair that brings them closer together. Unfortunately, she’s harboring a secret, and he still has the same insecurities from the past. (SAMHAIN, May, 312 pp., $16.00)