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Phantom Waltz (Coulter Family) Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Anderson (Baby Love, etc.) departs from traditional romantic stereotypes in this poignant, contemporary tale of a love that transcends all boundaries. Handsome rancher and reputed rake Ryan Kendrick and the beautiful paraplegic Bethany Coulter seem an unlikely couple, but, after one date and a passionate kiss, Ryan can't stop thinking about Bethany. Bethany, on the other hand, has felt the sting of rejection far too often, and she's unwilling to become involved especially with a man who has a reputation. Once the two finally do come together, their lovemaking becomes the focus of the book. The lengthy scenes detailed here are hardly gratuitous, however, and readers will empathize with Ryan as he offers a heartfelt prayer to God regarding his intimacy with Bethany. This well-paced tale is largely a strong read, but certain elements Ryan is a millionaire and his family is just too good to be true seem forced and far-fetched. Although some readers may be hesitant to read a romance involving such a major physical disability, Anderson makes it not only plausible (with seemingly good research to back her story up) but romantic through and through.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ryan Kendrick, brother of Rafe Kendrick, from Baby Love (1999), takes center stage as the hero of Anderson's latest emotionally charged contemporary romance. Handsome, wealthy rancher Ryan has a reputation around Crystal Falls as a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy, so when he starts flirting with wheelchair-bound paraplegic Bethany Coulter, the Coulter family immediately becomes concerned. Having no desire to risk going through the same intense emotional pain she suffered when her only boyfriend abandoned her after she was injured in a barrel-racing competition, Bethany declines all of Ryan's romantic overtures. Ryan, however, discovers Bethany is the woman he has been waiting for all of his life, and now he moves heaven and earth to convince her of that fact. Anderson comes up with another winner by deftly blending sweetness and sensuality in a poignantly written story that proves true love can overcome any boundary. John Charles
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Top customer reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book, the first one I've read where the main character is restricted to a wheelchair. It was really interesting to see how one has to live with a handicap such as this, and I enjoyed reading about a heroine who is not perfect, as it tends to be written in other books I've read.
Bethany and Ryan's relationship was beautiful to read, in that though they instantly felt attracted to each other, they focused on becoming friends first before lovers. I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship and reading about how thy so completely adored each other.
This is the second time I've read Phantom Waltz, and I think I loved it even more this ti e around. I'll definitely read it again, along with the others in this series. I definitely recommend giving it a chance.
Bethany's family owned a ranch with horses and she was competing in a barrel race when she was 18 when her horse went down. As a result, she lost the feeling in her legs and her family lost the ranch paying for the surgeries they hoped would let her walk again. Because the injury was below her L2 vertebrae, she retained feeling in certain random areas, such as the inner part of her thigh on one of her legs and her bottom. She's 26 at the time of the story and is working in her family's store when Ryan walks in to complain about a tractor part that hadn't come in yet. One look and he knows she is the woman he's been waiting for. Then he notices the wheelchair...
What follows is a truly marvelous story of how far one man will go to show how much he loves his chosen woman. The story also includes multiple descriptions of how a lack of feeling in one's lower half impacts daily life and the struggles Bethany endures to live independently. I won't say any more about the book because I don't want to give away any spoilers.
This is the first book I've ever read by Ms. Anderson, but it definitely won't be the last. The book has some graphic sex that is tastefully done and a very limited amount of swear words, but no f bombs. Most delightful of all, there is an actual plot and a well written story. I'm really glad I decided to purchase this book; it was well worth the price.