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Cathy McDavid is one of my favorite Harlequin Western Romance authors. Her characters are normal, down to earth characters. They could be my neighbors. Not a billionaire in the bunch. It’s so refreshing to read about regular, ordinary people, who make the best of things by working hard, celebrating family, and enjoying the small victories that make each day worth living.
Frankie is employed at the local café, working hard to make ends meet. She’s raising her twin daughters on her own, and with some help from her dad, she is the proud owner of her own home. She dreams of being her own boss and running a catering business, but she’s afraid to give up the stability, as well as the benefits, that come with her job at the café.
On the day she receives one of the biggest disappointments of her life, her ex, Spencer, decides to show his face in town again. Frankie isn’t ready for another blow to her fragile peace. After a monster fight four years ago, she told Spence to go – and to never come back. Then she discovered she was pregnant, and she’s kept the identity of her girls’ father a secret from everybody. Now she realizes that she needs to fess up, but she’s scared that Spencer is going to break their hearts just like he broke hers.
I had a really hard time liking Spencer. In the past he was a drifter, floating from job to job and from state to state whenever the whim hit him. He would disappear for months on end, leaving Frankie miserable and alone, until he drifted back home again. Understandably, Frankie finally has enough with his carefree ways, and tells him to hit the road. All of her dreams for a future with Spence blow up in her face, and after she has the girls, she decides not to track him down, and to raise the girls by herself. I can’t blame her. Spence needed to grow up, and to learn to think of others besides himself.
Once Spencer is back in her life, Frankie, justifiably, has a hard time trusting him again. At times she did come off like a shrew; she always blamed Spencer when things when wrong, whether he was at fault or not. I completely understood her reluctance to trust him again, but it takes trust to make a relationship work. It also takes the ability to roll with the punches when things don’t go as planned to be happy and not have a coronary every time something goes wrong, something Frankie has to learn the hard way.
The Cowboy’s Twin Surprise is a fast, satisfying read. Despite some issues with the hero, I motored right through this installment of the Mustang Valley series, and I look forward to the next one.
Grade: 3.5 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book
DAD ON THE DOUBLE
Frankie Hartman never thought she’d see Spence Bohanan again. Not after he broke her heart and walked away before she could tell the wandering cowboy about his twin daughters. Now that he’s back in Mustang Valley, Frankie has to reveal the truth. At least about his kids—Spence can never find out that she still secretly aches for him.
Spence finally has his life together and he’s ready to prove himself to the only woman he’s ever loved, but her revelation shakes everything up. It doesn’t take long for him to fall in love with his little girls, but repairing the trust between him and Frankie won’t happen quite so quickly. Spence is ready to be a family man—will Frankie give him a chance?