The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch by Charlene Sands

The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch by Charlene Sands
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (192 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

A war hero returns to a secret baby surprise in this Slades of Sunset Ranch novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands.

Back from his tour of duty, wealthy Nevada rancher Justin Slade gets the shock of his life. The woman who shared his bed eighteen months ago is in his hometown with a son in tow who looks just like Justin!

Katherine Grady is hiding a dark past, but when she realizes Justin seduced her under false pretenses, she’s livid;even if she still finds him as irresistible as ever. Will their secrets keep them apart, or will her hero fight for what’s his?

A bet changes both Justin Slade and Katherine Grady’s life forever. Justin is shocked to find Katherine in Silver Springs Nevada and with a child that is very obviously his, but Katherine thought Justin was someone else so they have to pretend that her son isn’t Justin’s for awhile in order to spare Justin’s friend’s family.

It was a nice twist on the secret baby story with Katherine honestly thinking Justin was a poor hog farmer who died overseas, so the shock of finding out that Justin is both alive and not the person she thought he was added a nice element of drama. Justin quickly falls in love with his son and realizes that he never fell out of love with Katherine even if he’s angry about some of the things in Katherine’s past.

Overall, it’s a sweet romance and very much a representative of the type of category romance that one expects when picking up a Harlequin Desire story. It had a decent plot, fun characters, and well described scenery, especially since I’ve been to Silver Springs Nevada a few times. The author has done her research and does a good job of writing a cowboy story with soldier elements and I enjoyed reading it.

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