Michelle Cabot has inherited her father's Florida cattle ranch -- and a mountain of debt. To make matters worse, a huge chunk of that debt is owed to the neighboring rancher, her nemesis John Rafferty.
Nothing shocks Rafferty more than discovering that the spoiled, pampered rich girl he once despised is painstakingly trying to run the Cabot ranch herself, working the land with desperation the only thing she has left. He likes this new Michelle and decides to make her his woman. What he doesn't know is that underneath Michelle's cool, polished façade lies heartache, secrets and the raw determination to live life as her own woman. But Rafferty isn't about to take no for an answer.
Mary Ann's Review:
"Turn around and kiss me," he said, his voice low, daring her to do it.
Michelle met John when she was still so young, that's why she was so intimidated by him and his "reputation". Not wanting to be just another of his flings, she hid behind a facade, pretending that she didn't like him at all. John, on the other hand taught the "Princess" was a spoiled brat.
My fave scenes:
You came home early."
His arms tightened around her. "I couldn't stand another night away from you."
It was the bald, frightening truth. He would have made it back even if he'd had to walk.
"It would bother me for your sake, but as for me You can be one-eyed, totally blind, crippled, whatever, and I'll still love you."
There. She'd said it. She hadn't meant to, but the words had come so naturally that even if she could take them back, she wouldn't.
Unlike Duncan's Bride, Heartbreaker is a suspense/mystery/romance genre, so it wasn't as light and as witty. But what I liked about this, is the attraction between the two. John is a typical alpha-male, which made me like and hate him at the same time, haha. Both were trying to fight it because of they misconceptions about each other. She thought he was a stud/playboy and he thought she's a spoiled b*tch.
Oh, I also like how LH created her villain. They always so creepy and scary. Michelle's ex-husband, Roger, was a slimy crazy toad. I hated him, because of what he did to Michelle's spirit.
All in all, one of my LH favorite. A definite keeper!