When sparks fly between a rugged Texas cowboy and a girl next door, a fake engagement starts to feel all too real in this heartwarming romance from a USA Today bestselling author.
Alana Carey can out-rope, out-ride, and challenge even the best Texas cowboy. Working on her father's ranch for most of her life has made her tough as nails, but she does have one soft spot -- and his name is Paxton Callahan. And with Pax back in town, Alana's old feelings have returned with a vengeance. But she barely has time to process her attraction for the hunky cowboy before her father falls ill and presents her with an ultimatum. Alana's father wants her married and settled before he passes away, and she isn't about to break a dying man's heart.
Paxton Callahan has been in love with Alana since . . . forever, and he's finally ready to stop running from his feelings. It's been ten years since he's seen the sexy cowgirl, and now that he's living next door, the electricity between them is about to set the whole Texas panhandle on fire. When Alana presents him with a crazy proposal -- to pretend to be her fiancé so her father can die in peace -- Paxton can't refuse. But as the faux-wedding day draws near, and her father's health improves, Alana and Paxton must decide whether to commit to the charade or finally admit their love is the real deal.
Includes a never-before-published bonus story from Carolyn!
The solid seventh cowboy romance of bestseller Brown's Longhorn Canyon series (after Cowboy Courage) is a fake relationship romance done up in Western trappings and given a sentimental twist. At 29, Alana Carey is a capable cowhand in her own right, working closely with her father on the family ranch. But her carefree world is disrupted when her father tells her he has cancer. He's been given six weeks to live and says that his final wish is to see her married. Hoping to cheer him, Alana impulsively responds that she's engaged to her old friend and neighbor, Paxton Callahan. Then she has to break the news to Pax and hope he'll play along. Pax has always had a crush on Alana and agrees to help her out, allowing Alana's father to plan them an elaborate wedding. Neither is prepared for the sparks that fly, causing each to secretly wonder if their faux relationship should be a real one. The premise is absurd and the characters old-fashioned, but Brown's execution is serviceable and the fake engagement trope is fun enough to carry along this pedestrian romance. Brown's diehard fans will be satisfied.