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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Silver Thaw returns to Mystic Creek for a new novel about a love that inspires the courage to start over - and the strength to reclaim a dream.

When Taffeta Brown was viciously betrayed by her wealthy husband, she lost everything - including custody of their daughter, Sarah. Now that Taffy has moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, to start over, she unexpectedly meets the one man who might help her get Sarah back.

Barney Sterling, a local lawman, finds himself drawn to the lovely, guarded Taffy, but he's stunned by her proposition - that they marry immediately to improve her chances of regaining custody of her daughter. Barney takes marriage too seriously to commit himself to a woman he hardly knows. Yet soon his sympathies fall with the desperate Taffy, and pretending to be in love becomes the easiest part of the plan. But they have no idea what they're up against or what they're willing to risk to make a miracle come true in Mystic Creek.

©2016 Adeline Catherine Anderson (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Contrived~ but still a good listen~ 3 STARS~

PLOT: Taffeta Brown moves to Mystic Creek and captures the attention of local lawman Barney Sterling~

Local Lawman Barney is "intrigued" by Taffeta Brown the owner of the local herb store. Taffeta has secrets of her own~ is on probation for child abuse. She propositions Barney for a sham marriage to get her daughter back~ Barney digs a little deeper and finds Taffeta clearly was railroaded in court. a trip to Las Vegas has the marriage take off and soon becomes real in every way. Taffeta's daughter Sarah age 5 is the child from hell and wants to be a stripper like her baby sitter. The road to become friends with Sarah is a long one. This is a good story but contrived is the ONLY word that comes to mind. The book drags on far too long. I give it 3 Stars~ The reader is good but the story is lacking. the most interesting person in this book is the out of control 5 year old.

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  • tigger
  • North ar, usa
  • 08-21-18

outstanding

loved it as good as the first. love the characters and story line barney is awesome

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  • Raemar3356
  • Williamsport, PA, United States
  • 07-23-18

Sorry, but not believable.

I tried to finish this book but couldn't. That anyone would allow a 5 year old to behave that way is unimaginable. That a school would not report a 5 year old having a nose stud and wearing gaudy makeup is also pushing belief. I get that there are people who are not good parents ,but really? Wouldn't recommend.

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Dull and Predictable

Characters will drive you crazy with their self-righteous actions. Such low level thinking and corny dialogue. I do not recommend this book.

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  • ian mcnamara
  • 01-07-16

Catherine Anderson does it again!

I have enjoyed every single book I have ever read by this author and this one is no exception. Catherine Anderson tells a fantastic story and makes you fall in love with her characters. Her books have everything in them and although most of them was sort of predictable it does not spoil the story itself. Would recommend this to anyone who loves romance and loves a good story with fantastic characters and fantastic descriptions. I give this a five star rating because I absolutely loved it and have never been disappointed with anything that Catherine Anderson has written. The reader was also fantastic she was a perfect narrator for this title.