Branded with a Kiss by Paula Altenburg

Patterson Campbell has a “love ’em and leave ’em” philosophy when it comes to women. He’s never given anyone a reason to believe he’s after more than a good time. That is, until he sees Alayna Brand across the room. 

A bold, outgoing cowboy is exactly what shy, introverted Alayna needs to bring her out of her shell. But after an unforgettable night ends up being memorable for all the wrong reasons, Patterson has to prove that he’s much more than just a good time if he wants to capture her heart.

When Alayna and Patterson find themselves working together, Alayna realizes that moving on from that night might not be as easy as she thought. And Patterson? He discovers reputations are sometimes hard to live down.

Titles in The Sweetheart Brand series include:  His Sweetheart Brand (previously titled “Her Secret Love”) – Branded With A Kiss

Title:  Branded With A Kiss
Series:  The Sweetheart Brand #2
Author:  Paula Altenburg
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 21, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

It’s often said, be careful what you wish for you might just get it.  Alayna discovered that truth the hard way.  Sure she had set out one goal for this night – and she accomplished that.  But somehow it all went sideways when she failed to mention one tiny, teeny detail.

Patterson is no longer the town’s playboy.  Oh, sure he has the reputation still, but he’s changing his attitudes and beginning to see life a bit differently.  Alayna hit him out of the blue.  She’d grown up into a beautiful young woman, and he’d been tempted that’s for sure.  Giving in to that temptation however brought one unexpected surprise and a boat load of guilt.  To say he worded his reaction a bit badly would be an understatement.  Exit the girl, hold on to the guilt for a long time.

A year later Alayna is back in town and working on his ranch for the summer.  He’s still determined to see her, she’s still determined to put it and him in the past.  Too bad neither expected to fall in love with the most frustrating person on the planet.

I liked Branded With A Kiss, although I did have to keep reminding myself of Alayna’s age.  For this one, I was definitely more in Patterson’s corner.  An enjoyable romance, likable characters and a fun story.  I’d recommend this story to any Romance reader.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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2 thoughts on “Branded with a Kiss by Paula Altenburg

    1. No, not huge. More like how she acted age wise like a young 20 who was shy and trying to learn to be outgoing. But often acted more teen-ish. Just an observation of mine.

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