Vaquero

D'Ann Lindun
Vaquero
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Publisher
Siren Publishing
Release Date
October 2012
ISBN
9781622414017
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Western Romance

SUMMARY
[Siren Classic: Erotic Cowboy Romance, HEA]

When Cordero Ybarra and Aspen O'Hare meet, there is an immediate attraction. But he holds his secrets close, refusing to open up about the night racial prejudice almost killed him.

Aspen refuses to trust Cord—or any man. She's been abandoned one too many times. When another woman lies and says Cord wouldn't take responsibility for a child they created together, Aspen believes Cord is a deadbeat just like her father. It is only after she uncovers the truth that Aspen realizes Cord is nothing like the men who've deserted her before.

When an immigrant worker is hanged by the same two crazies who branded him, Cord sees the truth. The shame he's carried about being the victim of a hate crime is going to cost him the woman he loves if he can't let go of his past.


Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Oct 15, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
121 people found the following review helpful
A plan to get Cordero alone in the bunkhouse during a party is what Shayla has to do, then two men will take care of the rest. They are supposed to only scare him but these two bullies don't like Hispanics and believe he is an illegal immigrant, when in fact, he was born and raised in Texas. What they do to him has no words; he will forever be scarred because of his race.

Aspen O'Hare is an independent woman who lost her mother about 2 years before learning that her father is seeking her before he dies. She does not want to know anything about him since he threw her mother out with her when she was just 2 days old and did not help them financially. He never bothered to know anything about them, and this and another relationship situation make her believe that she cannot trust men. But she became curious about his life and her mother lied to her, so she went to Colorado. When she made her first stop, she was almost kidnapped and raped by two men, but guess who comes to save her—Cordero Ibarra.

Cordero Ibarra knows that as soon as his best friend and boss passes away, he will have to leave the ranch, a land that he has fallen in love with. Things changed for him when the will is read and he is left with half of the ranch. The half belongs to the boss's daughter, a daughter that he never spoke about. Now Cordero needs to convince her that she can run a ranch and live in Colorado. He finds out that she is a stubborn woman, but no matter, what he is attracted to her.

During her stay at the ranch she knows that something is terribly wrong with the town she is in, and not only that but something awful happened to Cord. He is not willing to open up to her about it, so she lets it slide. They are both falling for each other but Cord is both hot and cold with her, and she is starting to get confused about what is happening between them. Then she meets the woman that apparently had something to do with Cord—Shayla.

Shayla has orders from her father; she must break up the relationship between Cord and Aspen. When the guy she has fallen for is found beaten half to death and is in a coma, Cord's name is said. She believes he may have something to do with the beating and Shayla finds the prefect way to break them up. Will it be too late for Shayla to tell the truth to Aspen about her relationship with Cord? Will Aspen find Cord in time before he gets killed?

When I read the synopsis, I did not know it was going to be that horrible. What those two men did to Cord was unbelievable. It tore my heart that there could really be people out there that could do something like this. I was happy that Aspen was able to take her anger out when she finds out the truth. She was a very lovable character and I could see her being feisty. Cord was a man that had so much patience, I don't know how I would react if something was done to me or my family because of differences in race. The storyline of this book is very realistic, flowed well, and the writing is clean. This author knows how to build a world of racisms and vividly described the events and the setting. Ms Lindun knows how to take one's emotions from laughter to anger to happiness. I loved how the second characters had their own happily ever after. It did take me a while before I could really get into the book, but after I reached a certain point, I could not put it down.
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