Alexis Marsden grew up at the Breckinridge’s Thoroughbred race
farm where her mother was the housekeeper and her father the farm manager. She
and the Breckinridge’s grandsons, Brandon and Jack, had been good childhood
friends, playing together when the boys visited. She’d fallen for
Brandon later on and
thought he had for her, until he rejected her when she’d told him she was pregnant
with his child.
Now eight years later, Alex is living in a small apartment in
the city, supporting her mother and son. While her job in marketing is paying
most of the bills, Alex can’t provide the extra things her son should have,
especially a father, and
recent death means he will never know his real one.
older brother, soon to be bank vice president, and Jaycee’s Man of the Year,
has always been the dutiful son. He feels he needs to restore his family’s
honor after his brother’s death. He seeks out Alex and proposes a marriage of
convenience to her. The truth is that he has secretly been in love with Alex
for years, but he reluctantly stayed out of the picture, hoping his brother
would step in and do the right thing.
Thinking of her son, Alex hesitantly agrees to marry Jack on
the stipulation that the marriage is to be treated as a business deal with no
sex involved.Now married and living at
the family farm Jack inherited, staying together is proving more difficult
emotionally than either ever dreamed. Jack longs to tell Alex the truth about
his feelings and all of his reasons behind his actions, but is afraid he can
in her heart. Alex hasn’t desired a man since
Brandon left her, too scared to share herself
with anyone again, but she can’t deny the powerful pull she feels with Jack. Will
they be able to put aside their fears to create a real marriage, or will those
fears drive them apart?
KENTUCKY WOMAN, book two in the Bluegrass Reunion
series, is a beautifully written contemporary, capturing the struggles of a
single mother wonderfully. Jan Scarbrough created such wonderful characters. I
related to Alex on many levels, warming to her character from the beginning.
Both the hero and the heroine are family oriented and goal driven with a strong
sense of duty. The fears of rejection and hurt they face and their
compassionate nature is touching. I can’t wait for book three in this wonderful