Ann Roth~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
A Rancher's Redemption
Harlequin American #1520
Dani Pettit and Nick Kelly have been platonic friends for a long time. They each have broken up with their significant others, and they comfort each other with a night of movies and ice cream. But on this night, they fall asleep on the couch and wake up in each other’s arms. Unexpectedly, he kisses her, and the resulting sparks startle them both.
They try mightily to put themselves back into a "just friends" space. Nick won’t get into a serious relationship, and Dani falls for bad boys with depressing regularity. She fears that if she gives in to her passion, she’ll lose Nick entirely because he will not allow himself to fall in love.
Ann Roth’s second "Prosperity, Montana," tale is a delight, with compelling, sympathetic characters who share strong chemistry. While clearly connected to the prior tale, this book stands alone. Secondary characters like Big Mama really make this a book whose characters definitely make it shine.
Heather Nordahl Files
Harlequin American #1456
Sarah Tigarden discovers that she is adopted after the woman she always believed was her mother dies. She finally learns where her mother grew up and travels to Saddler's Prairie, Montana, to learn more. At the house where her mother grew up, she hits a dead end in the form of former bull rider Clay Hollyer. Years ago, she wrote an article about him that inundated him with buckle bunnies and, in a backhanded way, ended his career. Their reunion does not go well.
Clay is pretty unhappy with Sarah, but he patiently listens to her reason for being there and even helps her, something he tells himself he should not do. They slowly learn more about each other until resisting their tenacious attraction becomes impossible. Then Sarah gets a surprising lead to her family, but nothing goes as expected. She finds herself needing Clay's support whether she wants to or not.
Ann Roth's latest Saddler's Prairie title does not rely on other tales or characters in the series to move it along. Her characters have compelling stories carrying them forward, and their passion is strong and convincing. Also, the obstacles and discoveries in Sarah's quest are realistically portrayed.
Heather Nordahl Files