Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Laura Jane Katz grew up being abused by her mother’s boyfriend and then married Clark a thief and drug dealer who went to prison for three years. Those three years in Flagstaff were the most peaceful years that Laura had in a long time but when Clark was about to be released she packed up and moved to Chino Valley and got a job as a part-time nanny at The Meadowlark Ranch.
Now Laura has a taste of what it means to be surrounded by a real family filled with love and joy. Laura also works as a waitress to bring in extra money but is always on the lookout for Clark who she always fears will find her. One man has caught her eye for the three months she has been at the ranch and that is their foreman Randy Silva. Randy is eighteen years her senior but he still ignites her passions.
Randy lost his wife years ago and has not had any interest in another woman until Laura. He insists on calling her Laura Jane and she very much likes it. Randy also has problems that could lead to danger, a developer wants his ranch, a ranch that he is hoping one day to build up with someone by his side and raise horses. The only hold-outs to selling their land are Randy and one other rancher whose son is working with the developer to get the rest of the land they need. Randy knows that Charles is constantly pressuring his father to sell but it is falling on deaf ears.
Time is running out for the developer and one of Randy’s prized mares is found poisoned, manure is thrown on his porch and steps and his dog is almost killed. Clark appears and wants his ex-wife back and is willing to do whatever is necessary to put a stop to the growing relationship between Laura and Randy.
Murder, arson, kidnapping and more occur and who the guilty parties are is revealed but with all that is going on there is no doubt there is more than one person responsible. I did not read any of the previous books in this series but it did not interfere with my enjoyment of this one. The relationship between Randy and Laura is rocky because she is convinced that she would make a terrible wife and mother. Her grandmother and mother proved to her that the females in her family were not prime candidates for a healthy and happy family.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery mixed with a beautiful romance. Of course it doesn’t hurt that one of the stars of the book is a gorgeous Argentinian cowboy who can cook, well cooking isn’t that necessary lol.