Harlequin American, Aug 2008, $4.99
Near the Arizona Mazatzal Mountains, Natalie Forester runs guest services at Bear Creek Ranch, a position she is good at as she effortlessly makes everyone who visits feel welcome. Former rodeo star widower Aaron Reyes is the new owner of the ranch; he is in town on family business for a short time. He makes Natalie wary especially because of how he looks at her with desire and how she reacts to him.
She knows she is attracted to Aaron, but refuses to act on it; keeping him at a distance. The single mom knows she cannot afford emotional entanglements as everything she feels must be caring for her baby, Shilo. Aaron wants the mom and is falling for her precocious child, but love is not strong enough for this rolling stone to stop moving on or is it.
This is an interesting contemporary romance starring two individuals whose fears caused by failed relationships make neither particularly wanting to take the first step. Aaron and Natalie are two deer caught in the headlights as neither embraces love; in fact they are so wary of love they flee from it. Cathy David provides a warm tale of sometimes you must take a chance at risking your heart