Vaquero (Siren Publishing Classic)by D'Ann Lindun
[Siren Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romance, HEA] When Cordero Ybarra and Aspen O'Hare meet, there is an immediate attraction. But he holds his secrets close, refusing to open up about the night racial prejudice almost killed him. Aspen refuses to trust Cord-or any man. She's been abandoned one too many times. When another woman lies and says Cord wouldn't take responsibility for a child they created together, Aspen believes Cord is a deadbeat just like her father. It is only after she uncovers the truth that Aspen realizes Cord is nothing like the men who've deserted her before. When an immigrant worker is hanged by the same two crazies who branded him, Cord sees the truth. The shame he's carried about being the victim of a hate crime is going to cost him the woman he loves if he can't let go of his past. ** A Siren Erotic Romance
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A Triumphant Love Story Aspen O’Hare hasn’t had an easy life, but she’s comfortable with what she’s created from nothing. She has a job she’s good at, and she’s almost over the heartbreak her only love, the leaving kind of cowboy, put her through. Working as a waitress at a rowdy western-themed steakhouse in Arizona has prepared to deal with almost any man she encounters--but her world is turned upside down by a dour man eating alone, who professes to be a friend of her father and the family lawyer. The father she didn’t ever know, the one she thought long gone, wants to meet her? Before his death? To silence a friend’s dismay that she wouldn’t at least look into this unknown father, Aspen heads for tiny Escalante, Colorado, too late to meet her father, but reluctantly ready to stay until after his funeral to find out a little more about him and why he apparently wanted nothing to do with Aspen or her mother. Cordero Ybarra took a job on Benson McCall’s ranch when he moved to Colorado from Texas. Young, a hard worker, and a good man, Cord quickly endeared himself to Benson, winning the foreman’s job other local men wanted, and helping Benson endure the last few days of his life. Cord expected nothing, and Benson’s death devastated him--he had no friends in Escalante. Cordero and Aspen are thrown together after the town bullies show up to ‘welcome’ Aspen, but their instant attraction could be deadly. Escalante is a town gripped by a social plague not discussed openly in much of the country, let alone small towns--Cord’s Hispanic blood opens him up to the bigotry and hatred of many who know him, hatred directed toward any woman who might fight prejudice to love him. Vaquero is erotic romance, and the love scenes won’t disappoint. They're hot and explicit. Ms.Lindun etches Colorado into the hearts of readers; her description made me long to go there, and I’d never particularly wanted to. Her characters are memorable, from the disgustingly evil Royal Riker and his daughter Skayla to the Scotsmen mining their claims on McCall property. Downsides to Vaquero? None, unless you, like me, sometimes can’t thinking about a book when you read it and understanding that it’s a little more than just an extremely engaging love story. Cord and Aspen are alone in love through much of Vaquero--and nobody should be that alone for those reasons.
Vaquero is a great book if you're looking for some meat to go with your gravy. It's got scorching hot love scenes, but the story of Cord and Aspen will definitely pull at your heart. He's strong and tortured and one hot cowboy, but he's the kind of man most women would want... That is if he can trust one again. Aspen's also a tortured soul in need of a good man to show her that not every man is a dirtbag. The secondary characters are wonderfully drawn and are as deep and complicated as the main characters. This story is definitely a keeper. I love it!