In The Long, Hot Texas Summer by Cathy Gillen Thacker, Justin McCabe needs a master carpenter to help build his ranch for troubled teens. He may be good with lots of things, but carpentry and working with his hands is not one of them, good thing that his sister-in-law has helped to hire a master carpenter.
What he didn’t expect was a tall, gorgeous blonde named Amanda Johnson. At first Justin believes that Amanda made a wrong turn and that she was there by mistake which also leads him to ask her to dinner, only to find out that she is the master carpenter that he was expecting.
Amanda is used to men confusing her with her grandfather when hiring her, but they had to do it that way at least on their site because men would hire her only to hit on her and not for her job. But she can’t help but challenge him that he might believe that she would not be able to do the job because of her gender. But once Justin says he doesn’t care about that only her work, they fall into an easy routine. Only now they also have a troubled teen that needs to be there to make some community service hours for ditching school.
Things may seem great and easy for the ones on the outside, but the chemistry and attraction between Amanda and Justin is burning deep down and will not be denied for too long. But with Justin’s issues to get the ranch up and ready to open on deadline, Amanda’s commitment issues and the teen who will not tell anyone why he doesn’t like school, things can get complicated really fast.
I have not read first book in this series, but after reading this one I can tell you I will look into getting it soon. This story is emotionally deep, sweet, inspiring and very enlightening on issues not many people will look into or even think about when they see a troubled teen.
The romance between the two main characters is sweet but not without it’s problems and issues. I definitely recommend anyone looking for a heartwarming story to read The Long, Hot Texas Summer by Cathy Gillen Thacker.
Publication date: 8/6/2013 | Harlequin American Romance Series #1461
Heating Up In Texas!
When Justin McCabe hires a master carpenter to help build his ranch for troubled teens, tall, gorgeous blonde Amanda Johnson isn’t quite what he’d imagined. But not only can she do the job, she has a thing or two to teach him about judging by appearances. And, more important, she has a knack for reaching the kind of kid Justin wants to help.
Amanda hadn’t counted on her new boss—all strapping six foot five of him—being so utterly irresistible. Working side by side under the scorching Texas sun, the two of them make a great team—in every way possible. The heat of summer is no match for the sizzle they generate whenever they’re together. But when a crisis forces Amanda to face her past, she’ll need to make a heart-wrenching decision about her future…whether Justin is in it or not.