Love was the last thing on this untamed cowboy’s mind…until she stole his heart away.
Cleo Delaney will do anything to keep her promise and raise her best friend’s sons—even if it means telling a little white lie to the state to keep them. So Cleo turns to the only person she can trust to help her—her first love, Judd Laramie. If he fosters the three young brothers in name only, she’ll do all the heavy lifting. It’s a foolproof plan…but she never imagined that the feelings they once shared would return. With a vengeance.
Texas deputy Judd Laramie is stunned by Cleo’s request. Being a dad—even on paper—is the last thing this cowboy needs right now. But no one knows better than Judd how flawed the foster system is and how much these brothers need Cleo’s protective love. What starts as a simple lie becomes so much more, and soon it’s clear Judd needs Cleo and the family they’ve created as much as they need him. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to win Cleo’s heart and claim the future they all deserve.
There are few authors who can get me as enamored with a story as Delores Fossen does with her excellent, engaging storytelling talent and her way to use the English language. And Hot Texas Sunrise -- I just loved it, every word, scene and moment of it as I was simultaneously sobbing, laughing, swooning and falling in love.
Prepare yourself for an emotional ride that will pull all the feels into the surface.
Even with the mighty serious subjects of child neglect, abuse, and foster care challenges, and alcoholism, through the tale, there is a tiny line of hope following each challenge that the life throws at the brothers. There is that faith that things will turn better, that everything will work out, as long as we stick together and have each other's back. And that they do. They might have shown some tough love at times, but they are always there for each other.
Judd Laramie was so delightfully easy to fall for, completely. His humble kindness, his sense of humor, his way to look at life and the people he interacts with, he won me over from the start, no doubt about it. He struggles with his demons from his challenging childhood, yet he is honest about them and doesn't hide behind the troubles, but is trying to move forward.
Cleo Delaney is a feisty, spirited, determined, and brave, a true heroine doing her best to save the kids of a friend who passed away. Her passion for life and everything she engages with is admirable and fiery, as she gives her all every waking moment.
The connetion between Cleo and Judd goes all the way to their teenage years, as does the burning chemistry between them, the attraction that has been there for always. It is a tangible force, that takes off like a hurricane, and there is nothing they can do to stop it, so they just enjoy the ride (the pun intended.)
Hot Texas Sunrise is a story of survival, a family of heart, the strong bonds of brothers, and about resurrection and love. It is a tangled mess, it is fervent and intense. It has such hilarious unexpected humor in the most serious situations, and it has the feels, all the emotions on the surface as the story unfolds. I savored each moment of the tale, pacing myself, so I could catch each nuance and twist, take pleasure in a story while getting to know Judd and Cleo, and the whole wanton bunch at the Coldwater ranch.
~ Five Spoons!