Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Book #Review: The Durango Affair (The Westmorelands 8 by Brenda Jackson .@AuthorBJackson .@HarlequinBooks

Book Title: The Durango Affair (The Westmorelands 8 )
Author:  Brenda JacksonWebsiteTwitterFacebook
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Romance, African American Romance
Series/Standalone: Book 8
Format: Mass Market, ebook
Cost: $5.99
Pages: 186
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Publication Date: May 09, 2006
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Savannah Claiborne's simple statement set off an avalanche in Montana ranger Durango Westmoreland's carefully ordered life. Suddenly, an unforgettable night of passion with the hazel-eyed beauty had turned into a lifetime of obligation for the confirmed bachelor.

But Westmoreland men always honored their responsibilities, and leaving Savannah to raise his baby on her own was not an option. So he proposed and she accepted...with one condition: Theirs would be an in-name-only marriage.

Durango agreed. For now.
This is another of my favorite tropes in romance, the pretend relationship that has the potential to become more.  Durango Westmoreland was seriously attracted to his cousin's new sister in law Savannah, but everything about the sophisticated woman put her in the 'city woman' category and he's never going there again, but a steamy one-night affair with Savannah at Chase's wedding has him reconsidering that position. When Savannah shows up unexpectedly at his door a few months later he can't believe the woman who has been haunting his dreams is carrying his child. What will this confirmed bachelor do???

Savannah grew up with parents that were together due to obligation and she doesn't want that kind of relationship for herself. She refuses to become her mother, so she's here to let Durango know they created a child because she wants to be a great mother without the guilt that would come if she denied her child his/her father.  She's unprepared for Durango's reaction to the news and slightly overwhelmed by his proposition on how they should raise their child.

I absolutely love that they were both confident and well-accomplished individuals who had great lives before they met, they just have this one place in their lives that isn't complete due to their pasts. When their attraction and their new circumstances throw them back together they try to learn more about each other and try to decide what would be best not just for them temporarily but for their child in the long run. I love Savannah and Jessica's relationship and how close they were. I loved that they were able to be truthful with each other and that Jessica wasn't afraid to point out the flaws in Savannah's plan.  I loved how their families were so strong and loving, that they called BS when they thought they needed to and that certain family members were their confidants.

As always the plans don't work the way they think it will and they have moments of clarity and moments of doubt. They both grew and worked on their fears as the story progressed.  Their chemistry is off the charts and they can't help but indulge in it ( and I for one can say I've very glad they did because hawt damn!!).  As time advances and circumstances change can they have room in their hearts for a new love?? Or will their pasts prevent them from seeing what their future could hold??
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And now we're getting deep into the series my loves and I can't wait to see so many of the men we've read about become lovers and husbands.

Happy Reading my loves, 

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