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    Review of RACHEL'S COWBOY by Judy Christenberry (see her website)


    Harlequin American #1058, March, 2005

    After a brief affair, Rachel Barlow learned exactly where she stood with handsome cowboy J. D. Stanley. He was happy to take a beautiful model to bed, but he didn't have any interest in a long-term relationship. Which was all right with her. She had to keep working, to replace the money her 'mother' had stolen from her. She had no place in her busy life for a cowboy--no matter that her body continued to complain that she'd never had loving like that before--and didn't think she would again.

    J. D. Stanley has had one ambition in life--to buy the ranch his father managed and he managed. Now he's accomplished his goal, but he can't get beautiful Rachel out of his mind. When Rachel falls sick and can't be near her pregnant sisters, J.D. hears himself volunteering his ranch to get her healthy. He'll stay away, he promises himself. But he doesn't know how hard staying away can be--even if he does know there can be no future between a model who sleeps until ten and a cowboy who awakens at dawn.

    Stuck on the ranch, Rachel throws herself into learning ranch skills. They won't help a model much, but horseback riding, caring for young cattle, and cooking for hungry ranch hands have their own satisfaction. Unfortunately, they also let her spend time with J.D. and with every moment, he takes more and more of her heart. How can she stand the knowledge that she is just his temporary inconvenience?

    Author Judy Christenberry (see more reviews of novels by Christenberry) made her mark at Harlequin American with her stories of studly cowboys and the warm-hearted extended family that exists in rural America. Now she combines the cowboy with the lost and found Barstow family. Rachel is a strong heroine with drive, goals, and enough energy to overwhelm the defenses of even the strongest cowboy. J.D. never knows what hit him--but he does know he wants more of it. Christenberry's many fans will definitely want to buy this fine tale.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 1/17/05

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