ONE NIGHT RODEO
The rodeo setting has been worked and re-worked ad infinitum. It may be time for James to move on. The protagonists aren’t very stimulating. There is constant bickering and nagging about events that took place years before. The characters abuse alcohol and the reader’s patience.
When barrel racer Celia and bull rider Kyle go to Vegas to see a friend perform at a local honkytonk, it results in an impromptu drunken wedding. Celia wants an immediate annulment, but Kyle needs her help running the ranch he’s inherited. She agrees to stay married for a short time — and in name only. Can Kyle persuade her to turn a short-term performance into a permanent passionate gig? (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Aug., 298 pp, $15.00)