A Case for Calamity by Mackenzie Crowne

A Case for Calamity by Mackenzie Crowne
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

For Jane Whitmore, agreeing to switch identities with her best friend seems like innocent fun, but spending a romantic night in Paris with a man who doesn’t know her real name turns out to be a lark gone bad. When their one night of passion proves to have lasting results, tracking down Gabe Sutton and telling him he’s about to be the father of her child is just another calamity Jane would rather avoid.

After years of avoiding long-term romantic entanglements, Gabe has found a woman he might just be able to build a life with, only to have her disappear. When he finally finds her, his belief in happily-ever-after staggers under the weight of deception, and looming fatherhood leaves him with two choices: fight her for custody of his future child or cling to the promise of true love.

Calamity Jane gets a Happily Ever After.

Jane agrees to go in her best friend Shae’s stead to meet Gabe when the best friend’s father tries to set her up again. Jane never thought that one meeting would change her life so much.

Jane Whitmore is a woman with family and money problems. While Gabe is a six foot cowboy who built his own charter air service. Their relationship gets built on deception and becomes hectic when unexpected news develops.

I loved the whole plot and how it started at first. But the climax was somehow a little disappointing for me. The relationship and instant passion between Gabe and Jane got me through the start but I expected it to continue to grow and develop but it never really happened.

That said the characters were likeable and attractive (not only in the physical sense). I would have loved to see more interaction between Jane and her friends. It would also have been great if there were more scenes that showed the reasons for her nickname.

As a short story, I would recommend it to anyone who looks for stories centered around cowboys in the city!

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