Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review of One Heart to Win

One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey
3.75 Stars of 5

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Some young ladies marry for money and social standing, a few lucky ones marry for love, but Tiffany Warren is marrying to end a feud. Honoring her mother's promise, Tiffany reluctantly travels west to meet her estranged father and his enemy's eldest son, rancher Hunter Callahan. Once the Warrens and the Callahans are united by marriage, both clans will stop squabbling over a disputed strip of land.

In the chaos of a train robbery, Tiffany seizes a golden opportunity: By assuming the identity of her father's new housekeeper, she can live with the father she never knew and assess his true character, as well as that of the neighboring cowboy to whom she is betrothed. But, too late, Tiffany discovers that the rivalry between the Warrens and the Callahans has escalated when the Callahans steal the Warrens' housekeeper as soon as she steps off the train!

Now, Tiffany, who is pretending to be Jennifer Fleming, finds herself living in the enemy camp, under the same roof as her fiancé. All too soon she learns her intended is a handsome, sweet talking charmer whom she has to fight off because he can't keep his eyes—or his hands—off Jennifer.  After Tiffany's charade is exposed, she refuses to marry Hunter to end the feud.
As Hunter goes about claiming his rightful bride-to-be, he knows that although he loves two women—proper, elegant Tiffany as well as spunky, passionate Jennifer—he has only one heart to win.

(From Goodreads)


As you know, I am a Johanna Lindsey fan. I own every book. I lean towards her medieval and Viking era novels, but her cowboy books are awesome too.
One Heart to Win in her 50th romance novel! Though this book wasn’t as strong as some of her previous work and was a bit of a historical romance cliché, it was still a lovely read.
The Warrens and Callahans have been locked in a land/water feud for three generations. As hot blood ranchers, neither side is willing to back down. So, naturally fiery Tiffany Warren and smooth talker, Hunter Callahan should get married. Tiffany was raised in New York and wants absolutely nothing to do with her father’s feud. Nor does she want anything to do with Hunter. She agrees to head out to Montana terriroty please her mother, but that doesn’t mean she is going to play by the rules. When she is approached by the Callahan brothers she agrees to be hired on at their ranch as a housekeeper. She feels this will be the perfect way to learn about her fiancé. She wants to get to know the real him and quickly learns, he is flirt.
Hunter is immediately taken by the sharp tongued red head. He quickly finds himself torn between family honor and the woman he has grown to love. Should he refuse to marry the Warren girl and be happy or should he keep his feelings locked away and end the feud?
There is drama, a little action, and some light romance. As I said, there were cliché elements and the heat between the main characters could have been…spicier. When it came to the couple actually having sex - let's just say, I had to read the 2 pages twice because I wasn't sure it had even happened. The description was....confusing.
Overall, I was an easy summer read. A great book to sit by the pool with.

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