Friday, August 10, 2018

Book Review - Honey Kisses (Romance on the Ranch Series - Book 2) by Verna Clay

Title:  Honey Kisses (Romance on the Ranch, - Book 2)
Author:  Verna Clay
Genre:  Romance, Westerns
Release Date:  March 4, 2012

About the Book:

Romance on the Ranch Series: Dream Kisses; Honey Kisses; Baby Kisses; Candy Kisses; Christmas Kisses; Rock Star Kisses; Forever Kisses, Forgotten Kisses, Angel Kisses, The Last Kiss

Ann Hackstetter first met Jackson Martinez while vacationing at Lazy M Dude Ranch with her husband and teenage son. Part of the "dude" package was a night of fun at Boot Bustin' Barn. At the time, Ann suspected that Sage Tanner, owner of Lazy M, bribed Jackson to ask her to dance as a way of making her inattentive husband jealous. On a whim, she danced with him. Little did she realize he would awaken emotions long suppressed. Of course, she ignored those emotions. Now, five years later, she's a widow--a destitute widow. Over the years, her son's friendship with Sage's daughter, Julie, has blossomed, and now they're getting married. Wedding responsibilities have temporarily taken Ann's mind off her desperate situation. At the reception, Jackson asks her to dance again--reawakening those emotions. He makes her feel twenty-one, instead of forty-one.

Jackson Martinez has an easy way with the women, but the one woman who sets his heart to racing is Annie Hackstetter. She's older, has a grown son, and probably has an aversion to men after being married to a jerk. When Sage reveals Annie's sad state of economic affairs and says she's looking for a job, Jackson knows his heart is in trouble when he offers her a position managing his household so he can concentrate on running his cattle ranch. Unknown to him, or anyone else, Annie has a secret.

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My Review:

There is so much to love about this book.  The romance is sweet.  It's the kind of romance that gives you tingles and wanting more.  Verna Clay does that.  Every. Single. Time.

Ann Hackstetter's louse of a husband dies, leaving her penniless, insurance cancelled and her home heavily mortgaged due to his gambling.  This leaves Ann homeless and needing a job but the only thing she thinks she can do is housekeeping.  It just so happens, however, that Jackson is in need of a person to run his household on his ranch, and he has had his eye on Ann for a long time... for more than just her cleaning abilities.

SPOILER HERE - Don't read this paragraph if you don't want to know!  Things seem to be looking up for Ann until she's confronted by a bad man who claims Ann's husband died without repaying a big debt to him.  When Ann explains that she has no money, the man forces her to get the money from her wealthy friend.  That's when Ann does the unthinkable.  She hacks into Jackson's computer and steals $50,000.  Oh my!  That's also when I almost stopped listening to the Audible version of the book I was listening to.  How could she steal from such a great guy!  Jackson is Mr. Perfect!  But I'm so glad I didn't give up because things had a way of working out, but not the way you would expect.  Ann redeems herself by working with the FBI as an exotic dancer and computer hacker to put the bad guys out of business.

The beginning of the book was a bit slow to start, but when things heated up they heated up fast. 

Disclosure: A complimentary copy was provided by the author. A review was not required. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:

My perfect day: coffee shop; laptop; WiFi availability; java mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality.

Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries, but when I reached my teen years the romance genre became my favorite, and that has never changed. After years of procrastinating, I tried my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written over twenty-five romance novels and novellas in the genres of contemporary western, historical western, general contemporary, and fantasy. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book. I have also written a Young Adult novella titled "Fragile Hearts" using the pen name of Colleen Clay.


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