Lullabies and cowboys? USA TODAY bestselling author Leanne Banks kicks off the new Fortunes of Texas continuity with a story of a single mom and the sexy rancher who sweeps her off her feet!
As she rings in the new year in Horseback Hollow, Texas, single mom Stacey Fortune Jones tries to count her blessings. She has an adorable baby girl, Piper; supportive parents; good friends. Best of them all is Colton Foster, her longtime neighbor from the ranch next door. He always seems to be around when she needs him. Trouble is, she may be starting to need him a bit too much .
She's off-limits, Colton keeps telling himself. The tall, muscular rancher turns to mush every time he sees Stacey. But falling for his little sister's best friend seems wrong on so many levels. She's on the rebound. She's got a baby. She's complicated. What's a big-hearted cowboy to do?
|Series:||Harlequin Special Edition Series , #2305|
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About the Author
Leanne Banks is a New York Times bestselling author with over sixty books to her credit. A book lover and romance fan from even before she learned to read, Leanne has always treasured the way that books allow us to go to new places and experience the lives of wonderful characters. Always ready for a trip to the beach, Leanne lives in Virginia with her family and her Pomeranian muse.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Banks’s book is the first in a new six-book continuity series for Harlequin Special Edition. The series tells the story of the Fortune family. Adopted at birth, Jeanne Jones, Stacey’s mother, finds her birth family the Fortunes. Highly successful, the Fortunes welcome Jeanne and her family with open arms. However, not all the Jones siblings are as welcoming of the new family. There is some resentment of the affluences the Fortunes enjoyed growing up that the Joneses did not. This secondary plot of merging the various families will prove to be interesting as the series continues. Stacey, while welcoming of her new family has little time for family dynamics, she has her hands fun taking care of her infant daughter. Dumped by her fiancé when he learned she was pregnant, Stacey has been raising Piper alone. She’s given up on finding the right someone, thinking that no one wants to take on an instant family. She is content to raise her daughter and try to find her place in the world. Colton is also trying to find his place in the world. He’s managing his family’s ranch, which mostly entails trying to keep his father from hurting himself doing strenuous chores. He works long hours on the ranch and has time for little else. Though he begins seeing Stacey in an effort to cheer her up, their dates also serve to cheer him up. They both find each other at the right time to make a relationship work. They were fun to watch as they navigated the waters of a relationship with a baby involved. This novel is an interesting twist on the best friend’s older brother trope. Prior to their encounter at a New Year’s Eve wedding, neither Stacey nor Colton had considered the other in a romantic fashion. In fact, they really weren’t even friends growing up. The addition of little Piper makes things even more complicated. This shared history, but lack of closeness, gives their romance an added spark when they get together. As always, Banks has a deft hand with characters and settings. She brings to life the Fortunes of Texas so you begin to care about the family. She’s the perfect author to kick of this series and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Literally by the end of chapter one, I was cheering out loud for Colton. Leanne Banks portrays him as a loyal, humble leading man. You want him to succeed, because then you know Stacey also wins! I love in chapter 6 when Stacey faces struggles, that are so familiar to so many of us! It really connected me to the characters. I highly recommend this as the continuation of the Fortunes or also as a stand alone love story!!!
Enjoyed the stoer and looking forward to the other books in the series.
3 STARS I have read some of the Fortune books but have missed the one where Jeanne Marie Fortune Jones was found and reunited with her brother and sister. This story is about Jeanne Marie's only daughter Stacey. I liked the characters but would have like to know more about them. It not a deep book but a shorter book. I liked how Colton was scared of Piper. But even while scared he helped out with the baby when their was a need to. Colton grew fast liking Piper. I admit to really liking the scene when Colton runs into his friend Joe and tells him what he thinks about leaving Stacey and not being their for her and his daughter. Piper is a cute baby who steals the scenes she is in. Their is a couple of steamy love scenes that I skipped over. This book was mostly relationships and a sense of community. I would like to come back to Horseback Hollow, Texas and see how Stacey's brothers fare. This is a small town romance and makes for a fast nice read. I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing from Netgalley and Harlequin. Dec. 17,2013 Pub Harlequin Harlequin Special Edition 224 pages ISBN:9780373657872