I thought this book was okay. It was a fast read, but all the way through I had trouble with character development. I thought both of the main characters were hard to like and didn't really change at all. Unfortunately, my favorite character was the hero's brother that I would have much rather seen end up with the heroine. Tess doesn't stand up for herself and is really naive even though she claims she knows more than people think she does. She is a strong woman and I think that is her only redeeming quality. Cag is, at heart, a good man, yet all of his actions show that he's not. I find it hard to believe that he loves this woman, and yet he can't get over himself to treat her well. I was very disappointed.
Cute story about a new housekeeper and a determined loner who finds out he doesn't want to be that lonely anymore.
from the back cover:
Rugged as an oak, moody as a thundercloud, rancher Callaghan Hart awed women and intimidated men. So how could one scrappy little redhead nearly bring Callaghan to his knees?
Easy! Tess Brady, the ranch's new housekeeper, was soft as a kitten. dewy as springtime. And secretly sweet on big, bad Callaghan. Which drove the hardened loner mad. For Tess's youthful innocence drew him like forbidden fruit. He wanted to touch her. Taste her. Make her his... But no way would Callaghan bed a starry-eyed virgin whose dreams he could never fulfill. No way would he get trapped into marriage. No matter how tempting the bait....
One of my favorite books by DP. Couldn't put it down once I started reading it.