Review of RANDALL WEDDING by Judy Christenberry (see her website)
BRIDES FOR BROTHERS
Harlequin American Romance #950, December 2002
Russ Randall knows he'll never love again. When his wife Abby died, a part of him died with her. But that doesn't keep a piece of his heart from going out to the beautiful baby of the woman he rescues from a blizzard. Angel Paloni is a wonderful child--the kind of child that Russ would love to be a father to. And Angel's mother, beautiful Isabella Paloni isn't bad either. Since neither is interested in marrying again, a marriage of convenience seems ideal--until Russ's long dead hormones start to come back to life.
Isabella Paloni knows better than to trust a man. Her father and her late husband both treated her as an object rather than a partner or friend, and her father will stop at nothing to keep control of his company, his wealth, and his daughter. Now Isabella is on the run, seeking to create a new life for herself and her young daughter. Russ seems too good to be true and Isabella knows what that means. There's got to be a catch. Still, the entire Randall family, and most of Rawhide Wyoming opens their heart to her and to her daughter. Despite everything she knows, Isabella wants to take another chance--a chance on Russ.
Author Judy Christenberry (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Judy Christenberry) combines two damaged characters in this charming romance. Together, Isabella and Angel help Russ emerge from the depression that has held him since Abby's death and Russ is determined to repay Isabella--whether she wants it or not. Christenberry adds a bit of suspense and danger as Isabella's father escalates the threat, but the novel remains very much the story of Isabella and Russ learning to trust and love again.
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