Latigo, a renegade Apache, could only bring the widowed Rose Colby more grief . . .
Never mind that I'd just given a box of books to the library -- the painful result of trying to de-accession some of my book collection. Never mind that genre romance is NOT something I read. I couldn't stop myself from scooping up several of these abandoned novels.
Whar surprised me though was not so much Latigo, the half-breed hunk in APACHE FIRE who yearns for acceptance, family, and love, but these other two books-- from Harlequin's Born in the USA series. (The subtitle of the series is 'Love, marriage, and the pursuit of family!' (Notice the pacifier on the back cover.)
BITTERSWEET SACRIFICE: A young widow, pregnant with a stranger's child. She's agreed to act a a surrogate mother for an unknown man who really, really wants a child. She does this in order to pay for the operation her adorable little son needs. But then he realizes she can't give up the baby.
Would you believe that near the end of this pregnancy she meets and falls in love with Zade (hunky, wealthy) who is incredibly turned on by her gravid charms. (I mean, REALLY turned on.) Plus he really likes her little boy. And son-of-a-gun, would you believe that he turns out to be the father of the child she's carrying?
LATE BLOOMER is about an forty-year old spinster in a small Alabama town who encounters (hunky) Ben McKenzie (also wealthy) who is on the run with his daughter, trying to get her away from an abusive stepfather. Not only do sparks fly and matters get pretty steamy between the (very attractive) spinster who buys a whole new wardrobe of sexy lingerie, but the hunky, wealthy Ben is the salvation of the dying little town, bringing a recycled paper plant to revive the economy.
I'm kind of fascinated by this phenomenon.
And I wonder which fantasy appeals to which women . . . and why.
LV - January 2012
1 year ago