E-Originals from Anderson, Dunlop, and Panzera | Xpress Reviews

Readers of Anderson's latest will root for both men to get over their hang-ups and celebrate their feelings for each other; Dunlop's humorous tale of good intentions is ideal for casual, contemporary romance fans; danger, poaching, kidnapping, trespassing, and family issues set a difficult stage for wooing

Week ending May 27, 2016

starred review starAnderson, Sarah M. Crushing on the Cowboy. Carina: Harlequin. (Rodeo Dreams, Bk. 3). Jun. 2016. 441p. ebk. ISBN 9781488020100. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY, LGBT ROMANCE
crushing052716Mitch is a competitor on the professional bull riding circuit. He’s also a virgin. Known as the Heartbreak Kid, he is the biggest flirt on the scene, always with a couple of women hanging off his arms. No one knows his secret—that he is gay. When he meets Brazilian cowboy Paulo, Mitch for the first time finds the courage to follow his feelings and pursue a relationship. However, he insists that they conduct their romance on the sly. Paulo, who endured a traumatic episode in his past, is initially okay with the plan but eventually wants everyone to know about this relationship. The characters are appealing and the sex enjoyably explicit.
Verdict Readers will root for both men to get over their hang-ups and celebrate their feelings for each other. This book is part of a series about cowboys (Rodeo Dreams; One Rodeo Season) that features both straight and gay romances.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Lib., CA

Dunlop, Barbara. An Unpredictable Match. Tule. (Match, Bk. 5). May 2016. 180p. ISBN 9781944925444. $2.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Hammond Vashon is a man of business. Driven and highly successful, he isn’t going to waste his time getting involved in his grandmother and her retiree-turned-matchmaker friends’ plan to help him find love, no matter how successful they’ve been in the past. When his parents inexplicably allow a huge crew to invade the family mansion to film a television series, he isn’t fooled—this is just a scheme by his mischievous Granny Dee to set him up with the star. MacKenzie Bowen is just trying to get through filming, but between the high demands of her job as line producer and wrangling the prickly, handsome, and so-out-of-her-league Hammond, she’s got her hands full. When Hammond takes a tenacious interest in her, she can barely believe it as flirting turns to something more. But when events beyond her control set the production spiraling, their blossoming relationship may take the hit.
Verdict Light and fun, this humorous tale of good intentions mixed with over-the-top meddling and inconvenient but inescapable love make it ideal for casual, contemporary romance fans. Follows An Astonishing Match—J. Harris, New Hampshire

Panzera, Darlene. True Country Hero. Avon Impulse. (Montana Hearts, Bk. 3). May 2016. 336p. ebk. ISBN 9780062394729. $1.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Jace Aldridge is currently one of the most famous rodeo stars on the circuit. Handsome and charming, he has no trouble finding women who are interested in spending time with him. When he notices shy Delaney Collins taking photographs at the rodeo, he is more than happy to pose and to try to get to know her a little better. Later that evening, Jace’s horse sustains what may be a career-ending injury. Delaney is taking photos to earn a little extra money because her family’s business, Collins Country Cabins, is in dire straits. Delaney offers Jace a two-week stay so his horse can rest hoping that he will give them an endorsement. When odd events begin to occur, Delaney realizes that Jace is a great addition to her life and to Collins Country Cabins. Then the situation with their competitors becomes critical, and the aftermath forces decisions about the future.
Verdict In this third installment of Panzera’s “Montana Hearts” series (Sweet Talkin’ Cowboy; Her Weekend Wrangler), danger, poaching, kidnapping, trespassing, and family issues set a difficult stage from which Jace can woo Delaney, but that’s just what he does.—Lisa Jordan, Johnson Cty. Lib., Overland Park, KS

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