Saturday, 5 September 2009

Review: His Convenient Husband - J. L. Langley

 

Title: His Convenient Husband

Author: J.L. Langley

Publisher:  Samhain publishing

Main Characters: Micah Jiminez & Tucker Delaney

A temporary arrangement? Don’t bet the ranch on it…

Innamorati, Book 1

At the tender age of seven, newly orphaned Micah Jiminez lost everything—and got lucky. The Delaney family opened their hearts and their home, treated him like one of their own. One Delaney in particular, though, became more than a brother to Micah. The handsome and protective Tucker is the man to whom he wants to give his love.

But after a single passionate night together, Tucker rebuffs him and hightails it to Dallas to pursue his dreams. Leaving Micah to pick up the pieces of his broken heart—and feeling like a fool.

The impending death of the Delaney patriarch brings an unsavory relative out of the woodwork, threatening Micah’s beloved adopted family. They’re going to need all hands in the fight to keep The Bar D from being pulled out from under them all—including Tucker. Micah steels himself to convince the man he can’t forget to come home.

To his everlasting surprise, it’s Tucker who comes up with the perfect solution: a marriage of convenience—to Micah. His gut tells him Tucker’s motivation involves nothing more than saving the ranch. Now he just has to convince his fragile heart.

This title has been revised and expanded by more than 10,000 words from its original published version.

 

“You’ll figure it out, mijo. You always do.”

The pride in Tio's voice made Micah smile on a day he didn’t feel like smiling. “I hope you’re right. Tell me about Duncan. He was gone by the time I got here.” Micah didn’t remember Ferguson’s oldest son at all. He’d left The Bar D when Micah was an infant, back when Micah’s parents were still alive. Back before his mother’s rich family used their money and power to strip Micah of his birthright. But that was a different story. If anyone knew about Duncan, it would beTio. Juan had been foreman of The Bar D for the past fifty years. He’d had a hand in teaching all the Delanys, and Micah for that matter, what they knew of ranching.

“Hmm…” Juan’s forehead furrowed and his eyes narrowed. “Boy never did fit in. Ferguson tried his best. He loved the boy just as much as—” He shook his head. “He spoilt the boy rotten, but it didn’t do no good. Was no surprise he run off with Vanessa. Neither of them ever cared much for the country life.”

Just as much as what? Micah frowned but let it go. “Neither did Tucker.” Why had he said that? Apparently, he had Tucker on the brain. It was kind of funny, because he hadn’t thought of Tucker much the past couple months. He’d been too busy stomping fires.


“Baloney. Tucker got caught up in his career. The boy has the ranch life in his blood. He’ll be back, you mark my words.” Juan nodded once and spit off the porch.


Micah shrugged, trying to keep the hurt off his face. Money was why Tucker left, but it wasn’t why he stayed away. Micah didn’t want to correct his uncle though. Money, it seemed, was the key to everything. The root of all evil. “I hope you’re right, Ferguson wants him home.” And so do you, cabrón. His chest hurt and tears welled in his eyes. Damn you, Tucker. Why did the thought of him still tear Micah up inside? Obviously, that last night hadn’t meant anything to Tucker. And Micah didn’t mean anything to him either… Not that it mattered, it was in the past and Tucker was the least of Micah’s problems right now.

“He does.” Juan touched Micah’s shoulder, gaining his attention. He stared right into Micah’s eyes. “You do too.”

“Me?” He shrugged again and stared out toward the pasture. The cool spring breeze brought with it the sweet, fresh smell of alfalfa. It was peaceful and familiar, helping him pretend nonchalance. “I just want to make sure the ranch stays afloat and stays with those who love it.

“It will.” Juan nodded and gripped the wood rail, leaning on it a little.

“I wish I had your confidence, Tio. Duncan is gonna cause problems, I just know it.”

Lifting his hat, Juan scratched his head then stuffed the beat-up old cowboy hat back on. “How so?”

“He’s been bugging me to turn over the ranch’s finances to him.”

“Pshaw. Ferguson handed that job over to you.” Turning, Juan leaned his hip against the porch rail. “And he did so with good reason.”

Micah snorted. “What reason?”

“Because he knows what kind of man you are. You’ll find a way to make it all work.” Juan chuckled. “Keep looking, perrito. Duncan is no threat.” He patted Micah on the back and walked down the steps out toward the barn.

That was…odd. Keep looking? What did that mean? Micah frowned. What did Juan know that Micah didn’t?

“Tio?”

Without looking back, Juan waved his hand and kept walking.

His Convenient Husband © J.L. Langley

Review

Micah Jiminez is at the end of his rope, with this adopted grandfather seriously ill and looking worst for wear, the ranch that has gently seeped into his blood to become apart of him is on the verge of going bust and to top it off the worst of the family is making noises about a hostile takeover of the ranch.

Micah can barely see a way out and it’s now affecting his health. He knows of only one way to sort out the mess and he has done everything but that to sort the mess out that’s happening at home – because taking that route involves seeing Tucker again.

Tucker who loved him and left him a few years ago without a backward glance, so he was not prepared to go begging for handout like a dog with it’s tail between it’s legs. Unfortunately for Micah – his back is against the wall and if the will his grandfather has left was a sign of things to come – he needed to get to Tucker and NOW.

Finding Tucker was the easy part, and within a few hours Tucker seems to have the perfect solution – become Micah’s husband. Micah will do has done many things for the sake of his family, being put into this position not only solves the matter of the ranch but raises a whole lot more problems and Micah’s heart is at the top of the list – because although Micah now has Tucker right where he wanted him, Tucker is just as far as if he was in another state.

I have been looking forward to this book for some time, because I so like this author’s writing style. She does has a way with words and she does a pretty decent amount of angst that give a book that realistic feel to it.

In HIS CONVENIENT HUSBAND this is no different, the main cast as well the support cast are very well developed, at times it felt like the book was all about back history – but it worked – I knew these people and why they were at the phase they were at and in some respect I knew what they wanted for their future as well.

With that said however - there is just something about this book that does not live up to Ms. Langley standard and for that reason it was not the page turner that he could have been.

The emotional aspect of the book wasn’t all about the main protags – while that was fun and it was really sweet to see Ms. Langley giving a new spin to an age old scenario of “the reading of the will” debacle, I was more caught up in the dynamics of the family. How they interact with each other, how they supported each other and more other how they had each other‘s back against who they considered the enemy..

A feel good read that wasn’t a waste of my time – but left me definitely looking forward to more solid work from this author.

 

 

2 Speak To Me:

Stephanie on 5 September 2009 at 18:06 said...

So glad you reviewed this book as I love this author, too. I am reading With Caution right now and really like it so far.

Mandi on 5 September 2009 at 18:54 said...

With Caution is good...this one sounds great too!