Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SKYLAR'S OUTLAW - Linda Warren



Line: Harlequin Superromance

Release month: January

The S-Factor: Satisfying and Sensual


Skylar, the youngest Belle daughter, is known as the rebellious sister. But her days of sowing wild oats are over—now her life’s about running the family ranch and keeping her four-year-old daughter safe. And Skylar doesn’t feel very safe around Cooper Yates, High Five’s foreman…and a former criminal.

Cooper can’t shake his reputation as an outlaw. Being framed for a crime he didn’t commit is one thing. A stubborn boss lady making him feel he doesn’t belong on the ranch—the only home he’s known in years—is another.

But when danger threatens her child, Cooper has a chance to show Skylar what really separates the good guys from the bad.

The Belles of Texas. Every belle needs her beau.

Review: ♥♥♥♥♥

This story opens with Skylar and her two sisters discussing whether Cooper is going to stay on as the ranch foreman, or whether he’s going to be asked to leave. Skylar has just come home after being away, so now it’s her turn to run the ranch. But she finds it difficult to work with a man who ignores her, and refuses to do things her way. She was rather a spoiled brat.

Many little climaxes are woven throughout this story, keeping your mind riveted on it. What had brought about Skylar’s realization that she needed to change her ways? Was it her daughter’s illness? Kira’s father’s desertion? The attempts by his parents to take Kira from her? Or was it, maybe, her grandmother’s decision to run the ranch herself if Skylar couldn’t/wouldn’t?

Once Skyler’s grandmother shows her that she’s the one at fault in dealing with Cooper, she resolves to change, and tries to get along with him. Does this work? How can two people get along together when only one of them is willing to try?

Once Cooper comes around, they discover they’re not so different after all. What happens that almost causes him to have to go back to prison? Who’s fault is it?

This is book three in this miniseries, the Belles of Texas. Book one is “Caitlyn’s Prize”, and book two is “Madison’s Children”. “Skylar’s Outlaw” stands alone very nicely, but it also syncs up very nicely with the first two books.

Linda Warren had no trouble working lots of angst into the story, and the tension between hero and heroine was both sexual and circumstantial. What I liked is that they realized in the end that they had both been wrong, and worked at getting over their ugly attitudes. When Kira fell into the well, I actually found myself holding my breath – as if that would help get her out faster.

An exciting read, Skylar’s Outlaw is fast paced, and hard to put down once you pick it up.

Hero Hotness Factor: ♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor: ♥♥♥♥♥
Awww Factor: ♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor: ♥♥♥♥♥
Humor Factor:
Weepy Factor: ♥♥

Reviewed by Donna B

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