Sunday, June 28, 2015

Colton Cowboy Protector by Beth Cornelison

A beautiful stranger appears at the Colton ranch during a party, and Jack is none too pleased. With ties to his ex-wife, Tracy McCain claims to be on a mission to bond with his son. But this intriguing widow also has a target on her back. As the Colton family brings Tracy under its broad wing, a relentless assassin puts everyone in jeopardy. Jack's protective instincts go into overdrive and only fuel his secret attraction to Tracy. Living closely together under Jack's roof, the heat between them starts to sizzle. In fact, the only thing stronger than Jack's heady desire for Tracy is his will to keep her safe so that one day they can become a family.
Title: Colton Cowboy Protector | Series: The Coltons of Oklahoma | Author: Beth Cornelison | Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense | Release Date: June 2015 | Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense | Source: MLM Media | Rating: 4

Wanting to connect with her only living relative, her cousin’s young son, Tracy McCain packs up and heads to the Colton ranch. Jack Colton’s ex walking out on him and his son has made him leery of woman, so when Tracy comes in hopes of bonding with Seth, Jack’s more than a little suspicious and hesitant to let her into their lives.
Although when a hitman sets his sights on Tracy, Jack’s urge to protect her has him questioning the reason behind it.
This one was a bit different from what I’ve been reading, so it was a nice change of pace to be reading romantic suspense.
I could completely understand why Tracy wanted to get to know Seth, but there were times when I thought she was overstepping. Jack would tell her not to tell Seth something and she said she wasn’t going to lie if he asked her. That kind of drove me insane the way she seemed to want to defy Jack when it came to Seth.
Jack was a likable character. There was so much more to his character and I love it when a character surprises me.

Overall, I really liked the plot although parts of it rambled a bit. The romance was sweet, the suspense intriguing yet disappointing in a sense. While the someone’s-after-Tracy plotline was resolved, there were so many threads left dangling that it drove me mad. Although when it comes to these types of series romances, dangling threads are often the case. And I have to say, I will definitely be picking up the next book.

Bon App├ętit & a Book:
Beth Cornelison’s Texas Bean Dip

Here’s a favorite recipe with a Texas flair! I can easily imagine Jack Colton and his brothers sitting down to watch the Dallas Cowboys play football with a big dish of this hot dip and a cold beer.
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 cans (16 ounces, each) refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in refried beans until combined. Stir in taco seasoning.
Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses.
Bake for 25 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. Serve with tortilla chips.

Award-winning author Beth Cornelison has been writing stories since she was a child. A University of Georgia graduate, Cornelison worked in Public Relations before becoming a full-time writer. She has won many honors for her writing, including the coveted Golden Heart, awarded by the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and son
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Thanks so much for sharing your recipe, Beth.
 I cannot wait to try this one.

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