Life’s been full of surprises lately for rancher Garrett Frost—and not in a good way. His mother has just dropped a bombshell about his past, so Garrett takes some time away to come to terms with family secrets. And who should he run into but Arden Cade, the beautiful photographer who shared a single night of passion with Garrett six months ago. He is even more shocked when he discovers she’s pregnant—and he’s the daddy.
To make matters worse, Arden hadn’t even planned on telling Garrett about the baby. Despite her lies, Garrett is determined to be a good father. He’s not the type to cut and run, and he can’t deny that he’s falling for Arden all over again. But he’ll have to find a way to forgive her betrayal…and make peace with that skeleton in the family closet.
Tanya Michaels has done it again…given us a heart-warming story full of characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.
In the first installment of The Colorado Cades, we are introduced to Arden Cade and Garrett Frost. After sharing a night of passion, Arden discovers that she is pregnant. Fully intending to raise the baby on her own(with the help of her over-protective brothers)until she and her burgeoning belly run into the handsome Garrett Frost in the grocery store while he is in town visiting his best friend.Determined not to be an absentee dad Garrett is determined to not let Arden down while trying to convince her brothers he’s not just some jerk who knocked up their sister.
I really liked Garrett. His demeanor reminded me of Rick Castle from the television show, Castle(and asked Michaels if that intentional or not, she watches as much TV as I do), but he was caring and sensitive but was not a sissy. No romance novel hero should ever be a sissy. The way he jumped at the chance to help Arden and be a part of his child’s life showed what a stand up guy he was. I would have liked to see Garrett emotionally and mentally struggle with the secret his mother shared with him at the beginning of the book. He was affected, but I would have like to see him more upset and have it stir him more throughout the book, but considering the length of the book, Michaels did a really nice job fleshing it out.
Arden was ballsy in her own sweet way. She was not afraid to raise her child on her own and be a single parent. Even though she had her times of insecurity(don’t we all) she stood up for herself and didn’t allow herself to be pushed around by her brothers or Garrett when they turn alpha male on her. One of my favorite scenes was when Arden when completely postal on her brother and Garrett during the “get to know you” dinner at her house. She was tired of the childishness and went from little sister to mama bear and I loved seeing that change in her, and Michaels executed it really well.
Overall, the book was great! The characters were not just likable, but lovable. With each book she writes Michaels improves and grows. She experiments with emotions and scenarios and it works.I really liked the chemistry and tension between Arden and Garrett. I liked that the scenario was more than an “oops, we’re having a baby”, there was substance to their attraction. The pacing and flow was great. I would have liked to see more steamy moments but that is a personal preference and nothing against Michaels.
I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. I am anxiously awaiting Colin Cade’s happy ever after.
Rating: A- It’s a Keeper which means I’ll be very careful who I let borrow it.
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Publication Date: August 1, 2013