SHADOWS OF THE PAST
This warm, if slow-paced, tale focuses on a young woman's search for her biological roots. In Kamaria, McKenna has created a tender and kindhearted heroine that readers will be rooting for, but because the story is about Kam's hunt for her father, the romance feels a bit underdeveloped.
Fortuitously, Rudd is advertising for a caregiver to help his mother, Iris. Kam applies and is soon ensconced at the ranch. She quickly becomes attached to mother and son, but Rudd's wife, Allison, and her half-siblings are a different story. Then there's sexy ranch hand Wes Sheridan, who touches her heart. As so often is the case where money is involved, jealousy takes a dangerous turn. (HQN, Dec., 379 pp., $7.99)