THE RANCHER'S BRIDE

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May is a grand month for Silhouette Romance, and Anne Peters leads it off with MY BABY, YOUR SON (4H). A lovely pianist learns that the child she thought lost is living with her former lover, a sexy veterinarian who can't believe the lady has the nerve to try to claim a child she abandoned. With outstanding characterization, strong emotions and honeyed sensual tension, Ms. Peters superbly showcases the power of love and forgiveness.

Gayle Kaye offers a heartwarming tale entitled DADDYHOOD (4). A child psychologist's theories on childraising are tested when a sinfully sexy single dad offers her some hands-on training. Readers will relish the yummy hero, sweet heroine, adorable supporting characters and crisp style.

Linda Lewis comes up with a sure-fire winner in COWBOY SEEKS PERFECT WIFE (4). A sexy rancher looking for a cross between Julia Child and Martha Stewart is forced to share a house with a vivacious dancer who'd rather rumba than clean. Besides enjoying the zippy dialogue and quick pacing, readers will laugh out loud at the antics of the quick-witted heroine.

When vandals strike her family's spread, a shy ex-teacher reluctantly appeals to a tough rancher for help. His solution is for her to become THE RANCHER'S BRIDE (3), at least temporarily. Stella Bagwell provides a touch of intrigue, likable characters and steamy tension to keep reader interest at a high level.

Next up is Donna Clayton with BEAUTY AND THE BACHELOR DAD (3). He's a chauvinist with a capital C, while she's an independent woman. Naturally it's an explosion of the steamy kind when the handsome insurance agent and feisty investigator collide. While the pint-sized misogynist is hard to swallow at times, readers will greatly enjoy the fabulous sensual chemistry.

In order to get a promotion, a sprightly toy executive needs a husband, so she invents one. No matter that THE SECRET GROOM (3) is a commitment-shy hunk on vacation. When the faux fianc surfaces, the fake engagement becomes all too real. While some readers may have trouble with the heroine's need to fabricate, Myrna Mackenzie's scrumptious hero, lively dialogue and engaging romance more than compensate.

Reviewed by: 
Pamela B. Cohen