Review of DADDY LESSONS by Victoria Chancellor (see her website)
Harlequin American #1098, January, 2006
Getting over a rough divorce and trying to raise a six-year-old son, Kate Wooten knows she doesn't have time for romance. And given her recent judgment in men (proved by her chosing Ed Wooten as husband), she definitely doesn't trust herself when her libido starts doing flip-flops over the sexy California bad-boy who takes over a run-down ranch near her own. But when her son starts sneaking away to check out the zebras the sexy ex-stuntman has given a home to, Kate can't exactly stay away.
Luke Simon doesn't want to connect with the town he's moved into--he just wants to build his ranch for cast-off animals. He understands what it means to be unwanted, cast-off: it's the story of his life. If he does come out of his shell, spills his secrets, someone will talk and the reporters will find him. He's certain he can even resist the temptation presented by his beautiful (but way too classy for him) neighbor Kate. Besides, women like Kate aren't for men like Luke. When he gets a letter telling him he's a father, and that his daughter's mother died and the girl is going to be turned over to the state foster care system, all the bets are off. He decides he needs daddy lessons in a hurry. Kate is the perfect teacher--she's a mother, a school teacher, and a woman with class. He'll need all the help he can get to persuade social services to let him, a single man who's never even met his daughter, swoop in and raise the girl. But he swears he won't let her be forgotten by her father, the way his own father forgot him. He's sure he can keep his relationship with Kate on a professional basis--can't he?
Author Victoria Chancellor (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of novels by Chancellor) returns to Ranger Springs, Texas for a heartwarming story of two damaged people who fear to trust one another, yet who must ultimately risk their hearts to find happiness. I really enjoyed Luke Simon--with his interest in all sorts of cast-off animals (and children). Many characters from Victoria's earlier Ranger Springs also make welcome appearances.
Victoria Chancellor combines humor and strong emotion to deliver a compelling story. Check out DADDY LESSONS, I think you'll like it.
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