Blazing Hot Cowboy
What's a guy to do when the one who got away returns home with a big surprise in tow…
I thought I had everything I could ever want. After all, half the women in my small town call me "cowboy hot," and the other half ask me regularly if I can help them put out the fire in their pants. A guy could do worse. But there's only one problem…they're not who I want.
The woman of my dreams walked away from Wildcat Bluff right after she broke my heart, and I never thought I'd seen her again. But I guess I was due for a second chance, because now Lauren Sheridan is back, and she's not alone. She's got her spunky daughter with her and a dead husband she's mourning.
I want to be a friend to her, but being around her again has got me all upside down. And when the old spark between us starts to really burn, we're both going to have to reconcile the mistakes of our past if we want to earn a future together…
Praise for A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas:
"Vividly written firefighting scenes, a rich cast of characters, and folksy charm…will keep you warm and toasty and entertained in a big—and I mean Texas big—way." —USA Today Happy Ever After
"This tale will melt even the iciest heart."—Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
Redford tries hard to create romantic tension in this contemporary rural Texas romance, but Lauren Sheridan, a recent widow returning to her small-town roots, and Kent Duval, a successful rancher and volunteer fireman with a Ph.D. (and painted-on, stereotypical Comanche heritage), are stereotypical stuff of "hot, sweaty dreams" that here never quite become convincing reality. Wildcat Bluff, Tex., is a sanitized version of a prairie cowtown that's never seen a drought or a drop in cattle prices, and the many secondary figures who surround Lauren and Kent in their mating dance are likewise familiar. When they reunite years after their adolescent romance, sparks predictably flare up, fueled by memories of wild teenage kisses in the bed of Kent's pickup. But Redford doesn't seem able to conjure up convincing obstacles to reigniting that fire, instead relying on gushy sentimentality, as when Lauren's four-year-old daughter, Hannah, meets Kent and shrieks, "Cowboy Daddy!" Readers will long for sizzle, but all that's here is damply smoldering kindling. Inspirational