Never Say Never has to be the best of the best of Leonard. This book was just impossible to put down. The story branches out and deepens with every page. Definitely a valuable addition to any Tina Leonard collection.
Pretty simple request – housekeeper – that was the purpose of the want ad. Ranch life is always tough with unexpected challenges and the drive to succeed. Some challenges are beyond our control – Mother Nature has a mind of her own and is consistently unpredictable. And people are more so and when your trust has been breached – your guard is up.
Why is it easier to believe the worst of people? Is it so that you ultimately don’t get disappointed?
What looks like a straight forward romance set on a ranch is anything but. Tina Leonard loves to lead us down a primrose path and put lots of thorns in our way. Each character has a purpose and leaves an imprint on the reader.
Every book and story by Leonard has left me anxiously waiting for her next. Every romance/western shelf should have a Tina Leonard section.
Jill McCall’s life is simply up for grabs with no direction. Her future seems rather bleak especially with the holiday season arriving. Corporate life was as unpredictable as her love life. What’s a girl to do? Perhaps go in a totally different direction even if only for a short time. The housekeeping job would certainly be a departure from her routine but the money was too good to overlook.
Jill was a mature fiercely independent woman who has just suffered a setback. In true Jill style she took a chance on something new fully acknowledging the likelihood that this might not suit her but what the heck. It was only a temporary stop for her.
Dustin had challenges of his own. He was still working on the anger deep inside from the tragic accident that killed his wife leaving him with a baby son to raise. His ranch was a success but it took a lot of his attention and that was the rub. He needed to keep his ranch running at maximum efficiency without losing valuable time with his son. Add to that the ever present threat from his in-laws who were actively pursuing custody of their dear grandson. Thankfully Dustin’s mom lived with him. But he had to acknowledge that with a little boy and a large ranch he desperately needed help.
It’s true that their initial meeting was less than auspicious but both Jill and Dustin badly needed to shake things up in their personal lives and life on this ranch was definitely going to get real interesting.
Even a frozen heart can melt in holiday heat.
Dustin Reed has enough on his plate trying to run his ranch while raising his young son alone. The last thing he needs is for his new housekeeper to show up with a tiny baby in her arms.
Jill McCall was all set to make a good first impression on her new boss. But the moment she sets foot on the porch with the infant she discovers on Dustin’s doorstep, the misunderstandings begin. It’s not her baby—someone left it there for him.
Dustin can’t find it in his embittered heart to turn either the child or soft, pretty Jill away. And as they settle in, Dustin finds himself envisioning a future with her, the kind of future he stopped hoping for a long time ago. But ranch life is rough, and the fight Dustin faces to keep his own child is about to get even rougher…challenging the notion that Christmas is a season of miracles.
This Retro Romance reprint was originally published in January 1997 by Scarlet Books.
Warning: Contains a hard-hearted rancher, two cute kids, and a feisty woman who melts his heart.