"Life doesn't come with prize buckles."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted July 6, 2016
Some men are like the bulls at a rodeo -- restless,
unbroken, stubborn and of course strong in will and body.
Trying to tame a bull is rather fool hardy. Losing that
battle is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. And Cole Dempsey
was one of those men -- determined to stay put for the short
haul with sights set on returning to the rodeo circuit he
Life has a way of setting up detours and being at Dos
Estrellas working with his brothers to help clear the
ranches debts was one of those.
Parents are supposed to set good examples and in HAVING THE
RANCHER'S BABY by Cathy McDavid you learn that is not
always the case. In fact here was a whole bunch of men and
women alike with little or nothing good to say about their
parents' skill at raising a family. Luckily they all wound
up on the right side of the law but it was their personal
lives that suffered. A possible subtitle could definitely
be -- becoming good responsible people despite their
Participation in a family dinner at Dos Estrellas was some
of the best television ever. It was hard to figure out
whose parents were the worst of the bunch. And yet each
parent still was lucky that their offspring loved them. Go
Due to the lack of good examples both Cole and Violet were
having great difficulty steering their new found
relationship. Cole was determined to not end up like his
father but seemed to be like him in so many ways. Think of
the apple and the tree metaphor. And then there's Cole's
mother -- well you're just going to have to read HAVING THE
RANCHER'S BABY to meet this piece of work.
Then there's Violet's folks who can't seem to stop
bickering long enough to finally get their divorce. Spite
and envy abounds and at the end of the day poor Cole and Vi
find they are just plain gun shy. Can you blame them?
But the younger generation on Dos Estrellas are getting
their lives on the right track. Marriage and kids can lead
No guts no glory fits on the rodeo circuit as Cole fully
acknowledges. Now he has to apply that mantra to his future
with Vi and the baby they are expecting.
HAVING THE RANCHER'S BABY is part of Cathy McDavid's
Mustang Valley series. Each book in this series stars some
wonderful characters. The common ground are the Mustangs so
feel free to jump in at any point. HAVING THE RANCHER'S
BABY just happens to have some of the best dialog and
scenes ever. Cathy McDavid infuses quite a bit of humor in
dealing with these characters that are very flawed and yet
believably loved. This story is sure to conjure up some
memories of awkward family dinners and get-togethers.
HAVING THE RANCHER'S BABY is absolutely delightful from
start to finish. Looking forward to more from Cathy McDavid
and this engaging Mustang Valley series.
SETTLE DOWN, COWBOY!†
His family's Arizona cattle ranch is just the place for Cole
Dempsey to hang his hat before he heads back to the rodeo
circuit. That is, until Violet Hathaway makes Cole think
twice about his future when the livestock manager delivers
her game-changing news: she's pregnant!†
passionate mistake could cost Vi her job at Dos Estrellas.
And whatever growing feelings Cole and Violet have for each
other, she knows the professional cowboy hadn't planned on
settling down in Mustang Valley. When he hits the road
again, he'll take her dream of them making a life together.
Or is a rancher's legacy about to come full circle?
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