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The Secret Child & The Cowboy CEO (Harlequin Desire) Mass Market Paperback – September 7, 2010
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Trent had been furious at her lies six years earlier, and is in no mood to see her back on the ranch trying to worm her way back in. He doesn't trust her motives and is determined to keep a close eye on her. He didn't expect to feel the same attraction that he had before.
Bryn had had a crush on Trent while she was growing up. He was a few years older and though attracted to her was far more interested in his own life and plans for his future. He wasn't particularly kind or sensitive when he turned down her invitation to her senior prom, and she ended up turning to his youngest brother Jesse. Their relationship was short lived, ending when she got pregnant and he denied any chance that it was his. Being back on the ranch raises both good and bad memories, including her feelings for Trent. She fights the attraction, wanting nothing to do with someone who doesn't trust her.
The sparks flew between them from the moment Bryn arrived. The attraction boiled below, while on the surface they tried to be civil. Neither wanted to cause more distress for Trent's father, Mac, while he recovered, but it was a real struggle. The family is in shock over Jesse's death by drug overdose, with none of his brothers believing it. Trent is struggling especially hard with the knowledge, and it only gets worse as he delves into the business side of the ranch and finds more evidence. Meanwhile, Bryn also makes a disturbing discovery involving Jesse, one that could further destroy his family's view of him.
The development of their relationship was pretty fast, thanks in part to having known each other for so long. The biggest obstacle between them was the truth about Bryn's son. I liked seeing Bryn hold her ground and not cave in to Trent's attitude. I felt badly for him as more of the truth about Jesse came to the surface and he had to deal with his feelings. I really felt that Mac had done his family no favors by keeping quiet about Jesse's problems. But that was nothing compared to the other secret he'd been keeping, one that left Trent reeling. When Bryn's son gets sick, I loved seeing how Trent and Mac rallied behind her, even believing what they had. I loved their reaction when they brought young Allen to the ranch. It helped Trent realize his feelings, but he remained a bit clueless on how to handle them. It was rather satisfying to see that Bryn didn't just fall into his arms, and that he had to work at it a bit to get the future they both wanted.
Bryn Matthews as returned to the Crooked S ranch in Wyoming to help care for recovering friend. She had left the ranch six years ago in disgrace. Bryn was pregnant with Jesse Sinclair's child but no one would listen to her side of the story. Bryn would also like to get the Sinclair's to acknowledge her son as one of their own. That is going to be an uphill battle since Trent Sinclair is back home as well.
Trent Sinclair left his high power CEO job to return to his families ranch. With his father's illness the ranch needs to be looked after. Trent's dad beside being ill has to deal with the loss of his youngest son Jesse. This loss has Trent reeling as well since Trent has tried to ignore his feelings for Bryn Matthews. Added to this mix is Trent's strong belief in Jesse's lies over Bryn's truth.
Having Bryn back at the ranch has Trent struggling to keep his hands off this vibrant woman. Bryn feels the pull to Trent as well but won't give in to desire until Trent listens to the truth about the past.
When a near tragedy puts Bryn in harms way, they both realize life is to short to life in the past.
Janice Maynard delivers a powerful story in The Secret Child & The Cowboy CEO. Bryn and Trent both have been dealt harsh blows in their past. It takes a willingness to forgive and try again for both to find a lasting love. Janice Maynard's stories are must buys for me and they never fail to deliver an exceptional story.
The heroine has returned to the ranch where she was raised and also sent away when she became pregnant by the youngest Sinclair son. His father and brothers did not believe that Jesse was the father of her son. Now Jesse is dead due to a drug overdose and she has been ask to return to help take care of the oldest Sinclair male because he suffered a heart.attack. However, the eldest son Trent is shocked to see her and she stirs up too many memories which he would rather forget.
Bryn still finds the man she loved so many years ago attractive. However, nothing is going to stop her insuring her son's future because she was determined to have a paternity test done so her son Allen would inherit what he deserved, thus securing his future. What she doesn't count on is the animosity she encountered from Trent nor the physical and mutual attraction they both felt. Trent was a successful billionaire in his own right and returned home to help take care of his father and the ranch. Sparks and words flare up between Trent and Bryn and their desire for each other remains strong.
Bryn tried not to get in Trent's way and then she stumbled upon a box of letters which revealed hurtful things that would definitely upset Trent, his brother's and Mac. However, one good thing came out of it, Bryn and the man who raised her, Mac made-up. She also got the opportunity when searching Jesse's room to collect DNA samples. What she didn't get was Trent's trust and that was disturbing.
The Secret Child and The Cowboy CEO is about second chances for family and two people who once adored each other. It's explosive drama and ending were dazzling to read!