James McMillan is majority owner in a family owned multi-million dollar horse ranch in Colorado. Angela Roberts is a dealer in an Atlantic City Casino. When Angela shows up on James’ front porch proclaiming she bought his brother Reese’s half of the ranch in a poker game, James is justifiably skeptical. After having the document checked over by his attorney, James finds he’s stuck with a new partner. One he’s very attracted to.
While I found this work an easy read and I understand it’s a novella, so a lot has to be accomplished in fewer pages, there were a few things I had some issues with.
James had been badly betrayed in his recent past (one year), and yet in less than a week he’s madly in love and accepting it. Angela, while only 22, has been on her own for the most part since 15 and seen much of the seedier side of life to be as naïve as she is portrayed. Even though it’s a novella, it’s hard to swallow that a man who had been burnt as badly as James would be proposing to a woman he met 4 days prior.
I also find it hard to believe Angela would have been seriously thought she could just walk onto a family owned and run ranch and expect to be accepted right away. Having been on her own and having worked in Atlantic City I feel she would have been much more world wise than she was. She wouldn’t have expected James to trust and believe her right off, she wouldn’t have needed time “later” to realize that. She would have already known that.
This work would have been better as a full length novel, giving Ms. Rogers more room to work with the initial concepts of her characters; allowing the relationships to work out in a more natural manner than was able to be portrayed in a short work. Good concepts, wrong medium, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Colorado rancher James McMillan is furious when his shiftless brother loses half of their ranch in a poker game. Card dealer Angela Roberts has never wanted anything more than a real home. But she hadn't counted on the hostile reception she receives when she meets her new business partner. She sets out to prove she has what it takes to help him run the ranch—and ends up losing her heart to both.