A Cold Creek Secret
by RaeAnne ThaynePublished by: Silhouette Books Publish Date: February 1, 2010 Genre: Contemporary Romance Source: Print Copy Reviewed by: Rory (new associate reviewer!) My Rating: Blurb From Goodreads:
Just back from a tour of duty, all Major Brant Western wanted was a hot meal and a warm bed. What he “didn’t” need was the stunning socialite in disguise who’d just shown up at his family’s Cold Creek ranch. Scandal trailed bad girl Mimi Van Hoyt–aka “Maura”–everywhere she went. But once Brant discovered her secret, how could he turn her away?
Being stranded in the middle of nowhere in a blizzard was not Mimi’s idea of a fun time in the Tetons. Then why was she starting to think this sexy soldier could be more than her shelter from the storm? And the more determined Brant was to protect her and her unborn child, the more she believed that this honorable, irresistible military man was the only man for her.
Two simple words could describe this novel: cute and clean. RaeAnne Thayne’s A Cold Creek Secret is the seventh entry into the “Cowboys of Cold Creek” series. Although it is not necessary to read them in order, there are reoccurring characters. Mimi Van Hoyt, according to the tabloids, is a rather dim, spoiled socialite who can never do the right thing. After the discovery of a surprise pregnancy, she runs away from the pressure of Hollywood – accidently running her car straight into the creek on Major Brant Western’s property. As they spend the next few days snowed-in, she begins to discover that he might really be as honorable as he seems.
Mimi’s character, while publicly portrayed as vapid, is in fact sweet and sentimental. She enjoys working hard, but has rarely had the opportunity to do so. Her pregnancy, though a surprise, was not an unwelcome one. Her work ethic and her honest self assessment made her more likeable. Unfortunately, while Brant is attractive and honorable (picture a perfect mash-up of cowboy and military officer), there isn’t much character development. I would’ve liked to know a bit more about him, though what I learned, I loved.
As the two grow closer and get to know each other (and their secrets are revealed), they begin to earnestly fall in love. The story unfolded in an unlikely, though plausible, way. I enjoyed reading this simple tale of romance in unexpected places. This is a light, quick read. It’s perfect for relaxing after a busy day. If you’ve read and enjoyed the other “Cowboys of Cold Creek” novels, then you won’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t read them, but are a fan of light-hearted, clean romance, you’ll like A Cold Creek Secret.
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