Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Ambushed by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Morgan O'Connelli hated the restless lifestyle she'd had as a child. All she wants now is to create a real home in small-town Wyoming. So first she hangs up her real-estate agent shingle…then she promptly borrows the horse of the hottest cowboy in town!

Cutting-horse champion Gabe Chance is blown away by the feisty redhead who unexpectedly lands right in his bed…and, soon enough, his heart! Morgan's perfect for him in every way. Until he realizes that while she's turned out to be everything he never knew he wanted, he's got everything someone in her profession has ever wanted…his family's ranch.

And that's a legacy he's just not willing to give up—not even for the sexiest woman he's ever fallen for….

Gabe is totally ambushed throughout this novel: first by his brother, Jack; then by his mother, Sarah; then by old friend, Morgan, a spitfire who's completely his type.  (Morgan is described as top-heavy, yet I found myself wondering just how top-heavy she was, and if she might be a full-figured woman.  I imagine she's not, though that's something I'd love to see more of in romance novels.)

A few days into their relationship, lots of assumptions about their future are being tossed about, from Jack, Sarah, and even Gabe and Morgan.  Her resolve to not get married and have children based on her family life is a big issue, one that she seems completely set on following, going so far as to break up with Gabe.  Then Gabe, after a discussion with a drunk Jack, decides to tell Morgan they could have children together or not have children together, but they'll continue living in the same town thereby not repeating her family's pattern of living in a caravan.  And Morgan is a-okay with this! 

I can understand Morgan's desire not to want her children to grow up as she grew up, always on the go, a new town every year or two.  However, it irritated my feminist sensabilities when Gabe tells her they'll stay put after they're married, and she's suddenly willing to forget (or ignore) all the thoughts she's had during the course of the book about not maintaining -- or starting -- a long-term relationship with Gabe.  I wish she'd stuck to her guns a little more, given that this is the second in a three-book series, but I realize the final book is reserved for Jack's and Josie's romance, so we needed a complete HEA here for Morgan and Gabe.  And since they're planning their wedding in two weeks, I imagine they'll get it.

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