Saturday, August 12, 2017

Blog Tour: COWBOYS, CASTLES, AND CRADLES by Loralee Lillibridge

Cowboys, Castles and Cradles
By Loralee Lillibridge
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Length: 306 Pages


When GRACIE CASTLE agreed to be a surrogate mother to twins, she never expected to become their full-time mom. Thankfully, that’s when she discovers she inherited a large Texas ranch from a grandmother she’s never met. Clueless but desperate, she’s managing to hold her own until the babies decide to make an unexpected appearance.

Enter WHITMAN LOVETT, III a wealthy businessman who needs to lease three thousand acres of the Castle Ranch. He expects an easy deal, with the Castle Ranch in financial straits. He isn’t expecting to deliver a baby calf in a rainstorm or Gracie’s twins at the ranch. But Gracie and the babies manage to get under Whit’s skin and into his heart. The very thing he doesn’t want.


Taking a break from mysteries and murder with a romance today and a new author, Loralee Lillibridge... 

Gracie is doing her best to figure out what it takes to run a run-down ranch while pregnant with twins.  She's stubborn, determined to be independent, and in dire need of help that her two geriatric ranch hands simply can't do.  She inherited them along with the ranch.  All she wants is to get on with her life.

Whit, on the other hand, just needs to close this one deal that will make his father and brother very rich and very happy, and he can get on with his life and get out of the greed business. All he needs is a signature, presumably from a widow in financial straits.  Only Whit can't walk away from Gracie - he also can't seem to find a way to tell her why he's really come to Castle ranch.  

What makes this story? The characters - not just Gracie and Whit, but the suspicious ranch hands and the housekeeper who cooks a mean meal.  The pace is quick and there is conflict and history to be shared between them.  Well written, I've already picked up another of Lillibridge's books.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About Loralee Lillibridge

Writing romance and cozy mysteries with a Texas twang and a touch of humor, Loralee Lillibridge (aka Lora Lee), loves to tell stories with believable characters, small towns where everybody knows your business and quirky, but lovable, neighbors.

A native Texan, Loralee has called West Michigan home since her marriage, but still misses seeing the bluebonnets in the Spring. Her love of travel took her to Ireland to celebrate her 80th birthday. As a child with a vivid imagination, her library card was a treasured possession. Although encouraged by her high school English teacher to put her imagination into stories, Loralee’s first published novel, Accidental Hero for Harlequin, didn’t debut until after marriage and raising a family. Since then, she’s had a cozy mystery published by Bell Bridge Books and three romance novels published by Tell-Tale Publishing. Her greatest love, however, will always be her family.

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