Prickly Pear Author:Ronda Thompson Daddy's little girl was no angel. And she was bad news with a lariat. Heck, she hadn't earned the nickname Prickly Pear by being a wallflower. Everyone on the Circle C knew that Camile Cordell could rope her way out of Hell itself and most of the town thought the willful beauty would end up there sooner or later. Now, Cam knew that her father wa... more »s looking for a new foreman for their ranch and the blond firebrand was pretty sure she knew where to find one. Wade Langtry had just arrived in Texas, but he seemed darn sure of himself in trying to take a job that was hers. Cam had to admit, though, that he had what it took to wrestle cows and break stallions. In her braver moments, she even imagined what it might feel like to have the roughrider break her to the saddle or she him. Still, the virile stranger was untameable, much as she herself was. And she feared that in the days to follow, it wouldn't much matter if she lost her father's ranch she'd already lost her heart.« less
Prickly Pear is a painfully familiar western romance with all of the traditional trappings. Inside its pages you'll find a hard-hearted hero with a tragic past and a spunky heroine who tries her hardest to not only be one of the boys but to be *better* than the boys (usually failing badly and proving herself incompetent).
Camille (otherwise known as Cam) wants to run her father's farm to make up for a tragic accident that she caused years earlier. When she discovers that her father (very wisely, thinks I) has decided to hire a new foreman she explodes and demands that she be given a chance to prove that she is worthy of the job. Her father gives them a month to prove can do a better job of it.
Cam and Wade set the pages on fire with their sexual tension but because both are extremely hot-tempered they battle it out to nearly the last page. They argue, they kiss, and then they argue some more. Snore-fest. Wade wasn't what I consider hero material by any means either. He's too bossy and his past didn't exactly win me over to his side, nor did his love for visiting bawdy houses win him any points with me. Cam fared a little better. She does pull some incredibly naive and ridiculous stunts but has a wicked sense of humor that almost made up for her stupidity.
There is nothing new in Prickly Pear and although it contains some very irritating plot developments it also has some amusing and moving moments so it's not a total waste.