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Contemporary
Hired by the Cowboy
By Natasha Smith
May 1, 2007 - 6:27:00 AM

Due to the scare of tainted beef, Canadian cattle farmer Conner Madsen is in danger of losing the ranch that has been in his family for over one hundred years.  Unable to access his trust fund, Conner has only one option.  He must find someone who will marry him on short notice so he will be allowed to draw money from his trust fund.  This might be a problem because not only is Conner not dating anyone, he doesn’t even know anyone who might be willing to marry him.  Salvation comes in the form of independent Alexis Grayson who also just happens to faint at his feet.

Conner tries his best to persuade Alexis to marry him. Offering to take care of her and her unborn child, and trying to convince her of his need, Conner prays for Alexis to agree to his plans.  Because unless he marries, he will not have the funding needed to keep his ranch afloat.

 

Alexis Grayson gives new meaning to the word stubborn.  Used to relying on no one but herself, she has a hard time lowering her defenses enough to let Conner take care of her.  I found her capitulation sweet and happily cheered both characters on from the sidelines.

 

For a debut Harlequin release, HIRED BY THE COWBOY by Donna Alward is a good read.  The characters are realistic - including the interfering, but well meaning, grandmother.  Lovers of Harlequin Romances will really enjoy this book.  I know I did.



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