He came to claim the Dawson Family Ranch…But was Daisy Dawson’s heart part of the deal?
Harrison McCord was sure he was the rightful owner of the Dawson Family Ranch. And delivering Daisy Dawson’s baby on the side of the road was a mere diversion.
Still, when Daisy found out his intentions, instead of pushing him away, she invited him in, figuring he’d start to see her in a whole new light.
But what if she started seeing him that way, as well?
Title: Wyoming Special Delivery
Series: Dawson Family Ranch #2
Author: Melissa Senate
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 1, 2020
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
My Rating: 4 stars
‘Wyoming Special Delivery‘ is the second title in the ‘Dawson Family Ranch‘ series and brings Daisy’s situation into the spotlight. On what should have been her wedding day, a very pregnant Daisy is left at the altar by her baby’s daddy, a man who had already walked away once and now is walking, no, make that running away for good deciding that he doesn’t love her and wishes her and her baby good luck. “Her” baby. Jerk. Truth is that Daisy was already having second and third thoughts but for the baby’s sake would try to make a marriage with a man she no longer loved work. Well, he took that wind from her sails real fast. In anger, Daisy will send a text to her brother explaining what happened, and not wanting to face her family or friends takes off in her crappy car just to get away and wrap her head around this… but first she tosses her cell phone and engagement ring out the window. The ring, no loss, but that phone would have come in handy when she goes into labor far enough away from home that it’s unlikely anyone will see her car.
Unlikely, unless there is a ranch guest who is traveling that dirt road on his way into town to visit his dying aunt. A man with an agenda that hasn’t come to the surface just yet but soon will. You would think that delivering a baby along the side of the road would be some kind of bond between strangers, and perhaps it was, but Harrison isn’t about to let that stop him from his goal. Daisy’s father lost the ranch to his father a decade ago in a drunken bet. Now Harrison is here to claim that ownership, fulfilling his father’s dying wish. Talk about awkward.
Let me be very clear, I enjoyed the heck out of Daisy’s and Harrison’s romance. It’s got just enough tension, emotional draw, an adorable newborn, and a tight-knit family to make me one happy reader. But, frankly, I have issues with Daisy’s immediate post-pregnancy life. The only thing that saved this story, for me, was the fact that I understand an author builds their own world – it doesn’t have to be logical, or make sense to me, it only has to serve the purpose of that author. I get that.
As a mother myself, I have to sit back in admiration at Daisy’s energy, her ability to take long walks, be away from the newborn Tony for hours on end without having to find a discreet place to pump (ladies, you know what I’m saying), and only occasionally taking a nap when the baby does – usually she’s planning on how to get Harrison to like the Dawson’s enough to not steal their ranch away. Frankly, I was exhausted for the first full month (at least), and taking an energetic walk around a ranch would have been beyond my wildest fantasies, let alone some of the other activities.
Yet, the truth is that none of that reality is really sexy or romance inducing. And I get that, too. So, overlooking an unrealistic post-pregnancy lifestyle, I enjoyed ‘Wyoming Special Delivery‘ very much. In many ways, Harrison and the Dawsons (particularly Daisy) were both right about the ranch. It was nothing like the broken down, useless property that was bet ten years ago for Noah and his siblings have rebuilt the ranch into the new guest ranch that it is today. This ranch wasn’t the one that was bet so long ago. Draw in two fathers and their final wishes, a growing love that neither party can acknowledge because of that bet, and one woman who will stand on her principles about the ownership of that ranch… no matter what or who it costs her, give Daisy and Harrison’s fate a really good workout. I loved seeing Sara and Noah, the twins, several of Daisy’s brothers again, and perhaps a hint of the next story to come. It’s a good story, one that I’m betting you’d enjoy.
I own a Kindle edition of this story.
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