Wednesday, August 10, 2011

THE REBEL TYCOON RETURNS by Katherine Garbera

THE REBEL TYCOON RETURNS – Katherine Garbera
Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Showdown, Book 2
Harlequin Desire #2102
ISBN: 978-0-373-73115-2
August 2011
Series Romance

Royal, Texas – Present Day

After a near fatal accident left heiress Macy Reynolds scarred, she has finally had her last plastic surgery that at least restores her beauty to near what it was before, but has still left her insecure in her looks. Christopher Richardson, her teenage love who left town years ago, arrives in town, ready to flaunt his newfound wealth and influence. Macy dropped him as a teen due to pressure from her father. Chris begins to pursue Macy, which is okay with her, but she has self doubts as to whether he wants her because he still finds her attractive, or because he wants to score points with her. See what you could have had if we stayed together? Slowly and surely, a relationship develops.

Chris is in Royal to submit a bid on a project to remodel the Texas Cattleman’s Club and wants to impress the hierarchy at the club to show how he rose from being poor to rich and powerful. Yes, he did start out to woo Macy for revenge, but once he got to know her, he could clearly see that not only has she changed, but that he still desires her. Yet her doubts over why he’s interested in her lead to conflicts between them. Can Chris make her see that it is Macy that he wants, and it’s not an ego trip on his part?

A lot has changed for Chris and Macy since they were teenagers, in THE REBEL TYCOON RETURNS. Macy readily admits that back then she thought more of material pleasures than her love for Chris. But her accident has made her see life in a new way, and she now thinks more of helping others than herself. Yet the changes in her have left her insecure, so when Chris comes back into her life ready to take up where they left off, she can’t help but wonder if revenge is on his mind. Both Macy and Chris keep their relationship low key, mainly because they aren’t sure how Macy’s father will react when he finds out they’re dating. Then there are the gossipmongers of Royal who think Chris is after Macy either for revenge or to help get his foot in the door at the Club with his project. As for Macy, her emotions are still based on an ex-fiancé who dumped her right after her accident. She still reacts as though her beautiful face is scarred and Chris can’t possibly be attracted to her.

Mixed in with their complicated relationship, Chris and Macy are surrounded by the doings at the Texas Cattleman’s Club as Macy’s best friend Abby Langley is embroiled in an intense battle with Brad Price for control of the club. Will sides be taken? THE REBEL TYCOON RETURNS is part of the Texas Cattleman’s Club: The Showdown series, but you can read this tale as a standalone, but I wouldn’t recommend it as Abby and Brad play small, but vital parts here.

An emotional journey of lovers battling the demons of their youth to find their way home into each other’s arms, THE REBEL TYCOON RETURNS is an intense, engaging story you won’t want to miss.

Patti Fischer

1 comment:

Kathleen O said...

I just finished reading this book, this week.. I found it a little slow to get into, but it was a good story. And I love this Cattlemen Club series.. I have read the first book and can't wait for the next book to come out..

I think I have it on order..