Review: Back In The Texan's Bed
Harlequin Desire
February 2021
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Shirley Fleming  RATING:  A
REVIEW:  Years ago oil heir Ross Edmond and his family’s chef, Charlotte Jarrett, had a secret affair. When Charlotte could no longer bear sneaking around, she left her home and family and moved to California. When she finds out she is pregnant, Charlotte tries to inform Ross of his pending fatherhood. Unbeknownst to Ross, his father intercepted Charlotte’s attempts to contact him. Three years later Charlotte returns with her two-year-old son. Ross is happy and angry to realize he has a son he did not know of. Accusations on both sides reach a boiling point until Charlotte and Ross conclude that his father had a hand in keeping them apart. Ross sees this as his chance to be a father to his son and get back the woman he loves.

Charlotte is a single mother and head chef at an expensive restaurant. She has worked hard to make a living and put a roof over her son’s head. And she did it all on her own. When she moved back home, her parents seem to forgive her for having a baby out of wedlock, especially after seeing their adorable grandson. Ross is rich but his father holds the reigns on their fortune. And he uses it to keep Ross under his thumb and enjoys having that power over him. Ross has abandonment and trust issues because his mother left when he was a child. His father’s lack of affection helped to further harden his heart against any form of love for fear of being hurt again.

BACK IN THE TEXAN’S BED is an excellent story involving secrets, lies, deception, and more importantly, love. The author has written a beautiful reunion story between two people who neglect to tell each other how they really feel. The characters are believable and definitely likable. Except maybe for the interfering parent who conspires to keep his son away from a woman deemed unsuitable simply because she used to be their family chef. But all the characters are important to the story. Ross and Charlotte had a secret affair and little Ben was conceived from their union. They may come from different economic backgrounds, but Ross and Charlotte’s love is strong enough to get them through anything. Love overcomes all obstacles. I love Ms. Simone’s books. She never disappoints.

Texas Cattlemen Club (Heir Apparent Series) starts with a bang in BACK IN THE TEXAN’S BED. It’s exciting to start a new series and meeting new characters with the possibilities for future stories. This was a great read and I’m looking forward to the next one.

17th February 2021 |