Beattie’s electric third Tangled Up in Texas romance (after Cowboy True) matches a runaway bride with a playboy cowboy. Kara Montgomery, a sophisticated Austin, Tex., accountant, leaves the fiancé she isn’t sure she loves at the altar and heads to the rodeo, stashing her dress in a horse trailer and taking her mind off her troubles with a burger and a beer. When Cam Granger, a gorgeous but cocky horse trainer and rodeo star, stumbles on Kara retrieving her dress from his trailer, he’s instantly taken with the runaway bride and invites Kara to plan her next steps from his family’s scenic working ranch, the Diamond G. Cam’s expecting just another short-term, no-strings-attached lust fest—but surprises himself by developing feelings. For her part, Kara falls first for the wide-open spaces of Texas Hill Country, then for Cam. But when reality comes knocking in the form of Kara’s controlling parents and justifiably bitter fiancé, the fledgling relationship might not survive. The chemistry between the leads is irresistible, with both hero and heroine having surprising depths, and Kara’s overbearing parents are well shaded, making for formidable obstacles to her happiness. This hot romance is sure to melt hearts. (June)
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