Thaddeus Nolan is the quintessential alpha male. Drop a pampered rich girl into the Australian outback, add a healthy dose of male sex appeal with no time or patience for the demands of a woman wearing high heels, and you either get a serious battle of wills or a firestorm of chemistry. A mix-up in travel plans thrusts Chelsea Bowden of Boston into the midst of a group of uncouth men set to journey through the Australian desert, guided by the disturbingly attractive Thaddeus Nolan. Expecting the amenities of a posh Sydney hotel suite, Chelsea finds herself instead having to bear up to the rigors of a life that is altogether unfamiliar to her. She suffers the swarming flies, punishing heat, masses of mosquitoes, and a backside bruised from being forced to travel by camel, yet still the desert manages to captivate her with its beauty and mystery. Under a relentless sun, through the trials of an unforgiving land, she comes to know herself like never before. And she realizes that she is engaged to the wrong man. It’s Thaddeus Nolan she wants, the rugged outdoorsman who doesn’t fit into her circle of society.
★★★★★ Beautiful Love Story. A romantic story usually involves only two people, and for A Man Worthy (Romance) Australian safari guide Thaddeus Nolan and American financial analyst Chelsea Bowden are the two lovers. But, there are other “loves” in this love story, that for lack of a better word, I have to call a “pentangle”. The Australian outback, a dingo named Buckie and a camel named Cornelius areactive participants in this romance.
This is the second book by Cassandra Ormand that I have read and once again, she did not disappoint. The first one was A Lover’s Moon (Romance) wherein the love story took place in the South Dakota Badlands. The two books are similar in the sense that Ms. Ormand’s description of the setting is so compelling that you can actually feel the heat and the insect bites, the roughness of the stones and most of all, you can see the beauty of the place in your mind’s eye.
Maia Ellard has returned to the reservation in South Dakota for one purpose. Before he died, she had promised her father that she would bring his remains back to his people so that he can make the journey. But she finds more than she bargains for in a man named Clint Catches.
A feisty schoolteacher and a headstrong business mogul come together, determined to make war not love. Rustin Kicklighter is as powerful and reserved as Malina Sheridan is caring. He swears that everyone has a price, while she just as adamantly decries the opposite to be true, especially where she is concerned. Rustin cannot let go and allow himself to trust her. He is determined to find her flaw. And she is determined not to fall in love. Malina came to the Litman School to start over, but her new life is threatened when Rustin makes it known that he intends to tear down the school and erect a skyscraper in its place. She should hate him for it. She should, but…
(Book One of Pennington Series)
Impetuous Annabelle Pennington finds herself stranded in St. Augustine, alone, with no money, not even a change of clothing. Never having been separated from the protection of her family, she doesn’t know where to turn for help. As it turns out, help finds her. Two strangers come to her rescue. One, a well-dressed gentlemen who possesses all the social graces befitting a man of breeding. The other, a wealthy rogue with a handsome face and a no-nonsense demeanor. Each claiming that the other is a man to be wary of, a dangerous sort that a young woman should avoid. Annabelle is too naive to know which man to trust. She longs to trust the wealthy rogue, Marston J. Ashford. Perhaps because she is falling in love with him? She becomes trapped in a scheme of thievery and cunning, the pawn of a jewel thief, and victim of her own heart.
A Full Length Novel
(Book Two of Pennington Series)
Caroline Pennington is facing the worst dilemma of her young life. Get off the train and search for her cousin Annabelle, or continue on to New York and tell her father what happened. If only Annabelle had arrived when she was supposed to. If Caroline disembarked now, she would be very much alone in St. Augustine, well outside the protection of her watchful father. But if she continued on to New York, what of Annabelle? Where was her impetuous cousin? She feared the worst. She couldn’t…shouldn’t waste time. She should go and find her. Feeling more uncertain than she ever had before, Caroline stepped off the train, and into the life of the dashing Noble Winfield. Will he be the biggest adventure of her life? Or the biggest mistake?
Wes Duggan is a tall, gorgeous hunk of male who comes from Australia. Two things keep him anchored on the east coast of Florida. The bar he owns and Ellee Chase, the beautiful brunette he fell in love with four years ago. But Ellee is too afraid to ruin the delicate balance of their friendship. She needs him too desperately to lose him to some silly notion of romantic love. For the past four years, Wes has been her closest friend, her confidante, the only person in her life who keeps her from being totally alone. But Wes isn’t willing to wait any longer. Four years is a long time. Frustrated, he takes a chance and makes the move that may well push her away from him forever.
A Full Length Novel
When popular romance author Carson Sawyer learns that the spokesman for the Traditional Seminole plans to sue her, she decides to travel to South Florida to convince him to drop the case. She doesn’t expect him to be quite so dynamic, intelligent, generous, or gorgeous. Despite her convictions not to become too enamored with this Everglades legend, she finds him difficult to resist. John Tallman is not pleased. He expected Carson Sawyer to confront him in a court of law, not on his own turf. He does not take kindly to her attempts to infiltrate his camp and convince him to drop his lawsuit. But she’s so determined, so earnestly sincere about her innocence. Carson Sawyer may be too much for his wild Florida heart to resist.
When a beautiful, helpless waif stumbles upon his doorstep, British born millionaire Christopher Standeven is too kind not to take her in. The poor girl is starving, bedraggled, and presumably suffering from amnesia. Eager to have someone to spoil again, his aging housekeeper instantly sets about administering to the young woman’s needs. With his only son grown now and his wife having died long ago, a helpless girl in peril is just the thing to jolt Christopher out of the rut he’d been in for years. But his beautiful waif has a secret. Will he discover it before she runs away? When Michaela finds herself in the loving environment Christopher Standeven provides for her, she can almost forget the horror of her past. She becomes caught up in the warmth and family atmosphere, and finds herself falling desperately in love with Christopher. But she cannot bring herself to tell him the truth she knows will drive them apart.