A Love as Big as Texas . . .
Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.
James “JB” Denny doesn’t stay where he isn’t welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can’t work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?
The Sweet Spot
Won Best First Book in the 2014 RITA contest!
For those who aren’t aware, the RITA Awards are the Oscars of the romance publishing industry. The Sweet Spot was a finalist in both the Contemporary and Best First Book categories. Winners were announced at Romance Writers of America national conference in San Antonio in July.
USA Today chose The Sweet Spot as one of the Top 10 Reunion Stories!
In the wake of an unimaginable tragedy, Charla Rae and JB eventually find solace, but not with each other, and their marriage ends. But their livelihoods — and their hearts — remain entwined. This is such an unexpected and wrenching story. The characters are irresistibly flawed, the business Charla and JB share is fascinating and the plot, with its profound and universal conflicts, will absolutely pull you under. Oh, and the prose? Gorgeous. The world of professional bull riding and fascinating secondary characters add an absorbing depth. Laura makes her Harlequin Superromance debut with me this month and I pre-ordered her book (Her Road Home) weeks ago.
KT Romance Reviews Chose The Sweet Spot as BEST Romance of 2013!
Curvy Writer Blog awarded The Sweet Spot Best Debut of 2013!
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Publisher’s Weekly Review: JB and Charla Rae Denny’s marriage was already fraying when the accidental death of their young son left them both grieving and disconnected from one another. They divorced while still running their cattle business together, and JB began dating a much younger woman, while Charla Rae developed an addiction to Valium. JB is coming back to Earth after his girlfriend broke up with him, allowing him to realize the foolishness of his escapist ways, and Charla Rae has kicked her habit, focusing on growing their business and caring for her aging father. Sticklers for strong romantic storylines will be disappointed that much of the novel focuses on JB and Charla Rae’s efforts to work through their grief individually while tending to assorted minor subplots. However, the busy plot and large cast keep things moving along, and lovers of Western settings will enjoy debut author Drake’s detailed descriptions of bull riding and cattle ranching. Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates. (June)
4 1/2 Star TOP PICK – Romantic Times Review:
“From the cover and title you expect a sweet contemporary western, but this is a sensitive honest look at a family destroyed by loss, a family that must try to rise from the ashes of their old life and see what they are now – different certainly, but pieces or a unit? Drake’s characters are so real, and so like us, that you’ll take a look at your own life and count your treasures.”
Library Journal Starred Review:
Poignant, heart wrenching, hopeful and definitely not your typical “saving the family ranch” romance. This realistic contemporary zeroes in on issues of trust, communication, healing and forgiveness; a cut above the rest.