Saturday, September 25, 2010

EXPECTING THE RANCHER'S HEIR (The Jarrods) - Kathie Denosky

Kathie Denosky has captured Melissa Jarrod’s character as I thought she would be based on glimpses of her in earlier books in the series. From the first book one learned that their father had left a stipulation in his will that all of his children must return to Aspen Colorado and run the family resort. Melissa, the only daughter or so she thought until she found out she had a half sister, left home as soon as she could. Her mother died at an early age and her father put all of his energy in running and resort and was hard on his children. From an early age, they worked at the resort and with the exception of one brother, they all left as soon as they could and became quiet successful in their own rights. Melissa settled in California and was the owner of a spa.

After the reading of the will, Melissa left the management of her spa to her assistant manager’s and returned to Aspen to run the spa at the Jarrod Resort. And then she met a rancher who was on the resort executive board and personally became involved in a “no strings affair”. Talk about steamy! This rancher was well known for short term affairs but there was something about the two of them together and seemed more than short term, even though Shane McDermott didn’t understand the secrecy Melissa demanded. He just new that he wanted to spend some quality time with her on a long weekend on his ranch.

Pregnant? How did that happen Melissa wondered and how was she going to tell this sexy and successful rancher? She decided to go with Shane and stay on his ranch and their time was magical. However, what she didn’t suspect was that he would propose and want to be a hands on dad. However, love was an issue especially for Melissa because she hadn’t felt love as a child and she didn’t realize that Shane had a secret he was holding back about his childhood and mother as well.

Their situation created a ton of obstacles as to how her large family would accept their marriage and a baby on the way and the executive board, would they pull out? Plus the fact that Melissa wanted a marriage based on love and Shane wasn’t ready. All in all, Expecting The Rancher’s Heir was a remarkable love story and great addition to the Jarrods’s series.

Book Description:

Melissa Jarrod treasured her secret no-strings affair with rich rancher Shane McDermott. Then a pregnancy test rocked the Aspen heiress's world. An out-of-wedlock baby would spook conservative investors in her family's luxury resort business just as she and her siblings were settling in to run Jarrod Ridge. But Shane was a man of honor— curbing his playboy ways and proposing came naturally.

Make no mistake, the bride was beautiful, but for Shane this was strictly a marriage of convenience. Melissa, on the other hand, wouldn't settle for anything less than love—for her and her child.

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