Book Review

THE RANCHER'S BLESSED EVENT
by Stella Bagwell

Genre: Series, Harlequin Superromance, Current Series Imprints

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Annette Broadrick gets May Romance off to a divine start with UNFORGETTABLE BRIDE (4). Years ago a virile bull rider made a platonic marriage proposal to a pretty student fleeing an overbearing father. Now an accident brings them back together once again, and this time she yearns for a permanent arrangement. Solid, smooth and sizzling are Ms. Broadrick's offerings to lucky readers.

When a dashing cop finds a baby in his patrol car, he turns to a lovely preschool owner for help. Can the lady turn this makeshift family into a lifetime commitment? BABY WITH A BADGE (4) is another winner from Sharon De Vita, whose talent yields crisp, clean writing, genuine conflicts, equally matched characters and always delicious desire.

When a vivacious student takes a summer job as nanny, she never dreams she will end up FALLING FOR A FATHER OF FOUR (4), even though the sexy mechanic has no intention of ever marrying again. While the conflict is light, readers will adore Arlene James' free-minded, plucky heroine, brooding hero and his delightful progeny.

Once they were lovers, but when she needed him most, he was gone. Now a rugged rodeo star fights for a second chance with the woman he loves, even though she claims she doesn't need him in THE RANCHER'S BLESSED EVENT (3). While lack of communication accounts for most of this couple's problems, Stella Bagwell movingly explores the plight of these star-crossed lovers.

Next is BABY DREAMS AND WEDDING SCHEMES (3) by C. J. Hill. When an attractive minister protests the decision of a high spirited store owner to become pregnant via a sperm bank, she suggests that he take matters into his own hands. Although the characters sometimes seem uncomfortable with each other and the heroine's speech mannerisms grow wearisome, readers will greatly enjoy the lively courtship and great opening chapter.

Anne Ha wraps up the month with LONG, TALL TEMPORARY HUSBAND (2). In order to make a land purchase, a handsome cowboy must produce a wife, and who better than his estranged spouse, even though she did run away from home. Despite smooth pacing and lively dialogue, the hero's obstinacy and the heroine's frequent mea culpas weaken the effectiveness of the story.

Reviewed By: Pamela B. Cohen

Publisher: (unknown)

Published: May 1998

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