Review: One Night, Two Heirs by Maureen Child

16 Jun

One Night, Two Heirs by Maureen Child
Harlequin (July 2011)
Mass Market: $4.99; e-book: $3.60
ISBN: 9780373731091

Favorite Lines: “His daughters didn’t know him. He was a damn stranger to his own flesh and blood. That knowledge hurt more than he would have thought possible.” (p. 34-eARC)

Duty is his world. And upon seeing Sadie Price with twin girls, marine Rick Pruitt realizes he has some proposing to do. He never would have left Royal, Texas, if he’d known Sadie was carrying his babies.

Yet the feisty single mom has no intention of agreeing to a loveless marriage. True, she and Rick share a bond, as well as undeniable passion. But Sadie believes vows should last a lifetime, not be declared out of obligation. Making it Rick’s new mission to change her mind….

Okay, I have issues with women who hide their pregnancies from decent men. I understand why the heroine of One Night, Two Heirs did so, but it still irked me to watch her justify her actions.

A previous marriage opened Sadie’s eyes to exactly where duty could lead people and she refuses to repeat past mistakes. In addition, she places her role as mother above all others. So a marriage of convenience to Rick just isn’t in the picture. It’s up to Rick to change her mind, but when all he is interested in is a bed partner and raising his kids she has to decide if it’s enough. Can Sadie give up her dream of a marriage based on love?

The story was an entertaining contemporary romance written in third person. It is part of the Texas Cattleman’s Club series and part of its plot will continue in Katherine Garbera’s The Rebel Tycoon Returns.

If you are getting this book based on the idea of a cowboy novel you may be slightly disappointed. The hero is usually dressed in his military clothes and his service is talked about more than anything. Sure he’s a cowboy at heart and a rich Texan, but he needs to decide if he is going to reenlist or take over the daily operation of his ranch.

While I didn’t like the heroine, I was captivated by the bond between Rick and his daughters. There is no denying the sexual attraction between Rick and Sadie, but I don’t know that I believe Sadie is in the emotional position to give Rick what he deserves. I base that solely on the final chapter of the story. This book was just meh for me. I didn’t hate it or love it.

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