The Long, Hot Texas Summer (McCabe Homecoming) by Cathy Gillen Thacker
Heating Up in Texas!
When Justin McCabe hires a master carpenter to help build his ranch for troubled teens, tall, gorgeous blonde Amanda Johnson isn't quite what he'd imagined. But not only can she do the job, she has a thing or two to teach him about judging by appearances. And, more important, she has a knack for reaching the kind of kid Justin wants to help.
Amanda hadn't counted on her new boss—all strapping six foot five of him—being so utterly irresistible. Working side by side under the scorching Texas sun, the two of them make a great team—in every way possible. The heat of summer is no match for the sizzle they generate whenever they're together. But when a crisis forces Amanda to face her past, she'll need to make a heart-wrenching decision about her future…whether Justin is in it or not.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Though a great Happily Ever After story with a wonderful idea of helping at risk teens, this book is still very cookie cutter. Boy wants girl. Girl wants boy. Girl runs away. Meddling family. Happily Ever After. It's your basic love story. I can appreciate the strength it took Amanda to change her thoughts and stop running. I really enjoyed seeing her and Justin work together to help Lamar. I like to see things about helping kids. It's always a good cause. It was nice to read a Harlequin that was not about billionaires or cinderella stories. It wasn't that hot and heavy, maybe there could have been more steam to live up to the Harlequin name. But if you just want a feel good story, this is a sweet way to pass an afternoon.
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