The Rodeo Man’s Daughter by Barbara White Daille – A Review
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the author whom I know personally.
The Rodeo Man’s Daughter by Barbara White Daille
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance
Length: Full Length (184 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Back of the Book Blurb
When Caleb Cantrell left home as a dirt-poor teenager, he never thought he’d return as a wealthy rodeo star.
As a matter of fact, he didn’t think he’d return at all. The accident changed all that. It ended his career, nearly ended his life and rekindled a bitterness he thought he’d left in the dust long ago.
To rebuild, Caleb has to go back to where it all began—back to Flagman’s Folly, New Mexico, and back to his high-school sweetheart, Tess LaSalle. But a ten-year-old secret stands between them, one that could hurt everyone Tess loves, especially her daughter…their daughter…the one Caleb never knew existed.
No rodeo ever required the courage Caleb needs now—to forgive, to forget and to start over again…if it’s not already too late.
I do love a damaged hero and in Caleb, the author has definitely given him some damage, both physical damage and mental damage. Caleb (one of my favorite “cowboy” names!) left Flagman’s Folly and worked his way up in the Professional Bull Riding (PBR) world. He was right there, ready to grab the gold ring (or big silver buckle) when he rode a big, mean, nasty bull. After being thrown off, the bull then proceeded to stomp Caleb, doing massive damage…internal organs, broken bones, concussion, etc. His extensive injuries required a long hospital stay and then rehab. Even today, he walks with a limp.
Mentally, Caleb was the son of the town tramp. He knew everyone held him in contempt because it. In fact, he fell in love with a girl whose grandfather forbid him from seeing her again. Caleb owns a large ranch in Montana. He doesn’t need a large ranch in New Mexico. But he comes back to Flagman’s Folly to rub the townspeople’s noses in his success (especially his high school sweetheart Tess LaSalle), buy the biggest ranch (that’ll show them they were wrong about him), and then go home to Montana. Great plan, huh?
Tess LaSalle remained in Flagman’s Folly raising a daughter, Nate. She’d loved Caleb with her entire being. When she found out she was pregnant, she took every cent she had to find him on the rodeo circuit, went to him to tell him about their child. It didn’t quite turn out as she had planned. Caleb had a buckle bunny on each arm. He might have been glad to see her, but he never let her know. Now he’s back in town and wanting to buy a ranch. As one of the only real estate agents in this small town, Tess is thrown into seeing him again when he insists she be the one to show him around.
Barbara White Daille has written for HQ American Romance for a while. She has the tone of this book perfect for that line. If you haven’t read in this category, this book is a perfect example of what American Romance is all about.
The only thing I would change is that I would have liked to have gone along on some of the ranch tours! I just love to look at real estate 🙂
This is a good book, one I can recommend. I hope you all enjoy it.
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After I finished reading The Rodeo Man’s Daughter, I wanted to spend a little more time with Caleb and Tess. I had an opportunity to interview them for my other blog, EverybodyNeedsALittle Romance. You can find that interview on Friday, January 27. Click here to read more from Caleb and Tess.
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