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By: Vivi Holt
Dalton is book two in Cowboys and Debutantes series.I really loved this story. Holt just keeps getting better and better. Holt did not disappoint. The characters were so real that I felt like I was right there with them. I loved the two main characters Hazel and Dalton. Hazel thinks that her life is going just fine till her room mate gets sick and ask her to fill in for her on a job she was to go on. She was suppose to go to a horse ranch in Georgia. After Dalton’s accident he is trying to get his grandpa’s run down ranch going again. Hazel is hiding the truth from Dalton. There is sparks that fly between These two , but is love stronger than lies? I laughed and laughed while reading Dalton. Vivi Holt pens a good , clean contemporary romance that I am sure you will love.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that Im had to give a positive review.
Dalton Sullivan was injured in a rodeo accident and can no longer ride. When he inherits his grandfather’s ranch in South Georgia, he decides to restore the run-down place and develop the best horse ranch around. What he hadn’t counted on was the amount of work that would take, how expensive it would be, or one pretty visitor who seems to be hiding something.
I didn’t like Hazel at all to begin with. She was selfish and hateful in her designer clothes and snobbish ways. However, she did change as the book progresses. I questioned why Hazel, pretending to be Jen, even needed to go along with the truck driver to deliver the horse and especially to stay there until the horse was ready to return. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me. And Hazel couldn’t get her Master’s degree in education without having her Bachelor’s first or any prior education courses. The story did turn out to be good, although I didn’t really feel the attraction between Dalton and Hazel. I was told it was there and saw them kiss several times, but it seemed rather flat to me. I didn’t see any grammatical errors, although there was a sentence that didn’t make sense – “He didn’t breathe again until saw heard Hazel introduce herself and shake his hand.” I do think I like Vivi Holt’s contemporary novels better than he historical ones, although I’m usually more a fan of the historical.
Dalton Williams has spent several years on the rodeo circuit bronc riding, and when he has a wonderful eight-second ride, it will change in a blink of the eye with the horse slamming him into the wall, fracturing his leg in two places and end his rodeo career. Just as he is coming to terms with this, he is handed the Cotton Tree Ranch in South Georgia. The ranch has been poorly managed and will take lots of work, but does have horses, a house, barns, and some equipment. Now his new plan is to raise and breed stock horses.
Third chair violinist, Hazel Hildebrand, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has ended the season and now has some down time. Her best friend and house mate, Jen, is a vet and works on a horse ranch. She has an emergency medical issue and begs Hazel to accompany a horse to a ranch for breeding. Just a quick trip there, overnight stay, and back. Easy-peasy, or maybe not. And that is our set up for this tale.
The plot will have Hazel agreeing reluctantly to accompany a mare, Contessa's Charity, to a breeding ranch and then pretends to be the vet. Dalton Williams is shocked when Hazel arrives dressed inappropriately in designer clothing and Jimmy Choos heels.
The city slicker lady will meet her hayseed cowboy. Two people, just trying to do a job, but brought together in unusual circumstances, find themselves dealing with weather issues, unexpected situations, and developing a physical attraction. A phone call confirms Dalton's suspensions, but he doesn't reveal what he learns. While Hazel never confirms or denies her status, her lack abilities tell the truth.
What happens when life takes a new twist, and Hazel is offered a first chair position? She must decide if she is fulfilling her dream, or is it the one her parents have made for her? Dalton enlist the aid of his two younger brothers with the ranch, and together, the three of them make progress, but what about money? With several months left before the years time frame, will he be able to keep Cotton Tree, or lose it?
This is a clean, contemporary story that has secrets, some deceit, loyal friends, faithful family, lots of horses, and new beginnings. Life doesn't always proceed as we plan, but sometimes, those forks in the road take us on a scenic route that will lead to a new future.