A delightful romance with interesting new characters and many familiar faces. It’s nice to have a hero who is not picture perfect in looks or instincts, and a heroine who accepts her privileged life yet is willing to work for the future she wants.
Morie Brannt, the privileged daughter of a Texas ranch owner, wants to get her hands dirty on a ranch — not just own one — and goes to Wyoming to work for Mallory Kirk. Keeping her father’s identity a secret, Morie enjoys the hard ranch work. Mallory sees not only a hard-working ranch hand, but a pretty, delightful young woman, unlike his current girlfriend, who he knows is only with him because he’s rich. He’s had bad relationship experiences and so isn’t looking for anything serious. Morie wants a man who will want her for who she is, not what she has. They may get together, but not if Mallory’s girlfriend has anything to say about it. (HQN, Nov., 320 pp., $7.99)