BENEATH THE STETSON – Janice Maynard
Texas Cattleman's Club: The Missing Mogul, Book 7
Harlequin Desire #2276
Contemporary Series Romance
Royal, Texas – Present Day
As the federal investigator assigned to the case behind the mysterious disappearance of Alex Santiago, Bailey Collins is used to the overt hostility toward her that she encounters in Royal's tight knit community. Gil Addison, as the head of the Texas Cattleman's Club, is even more hostile since many of the possible suspects are club members. When Bailey approaches Gil because she needs to go over the club records, she encounters his adorable (and motherless) little boy, Cade, and the two connect. Cade immediately tags Bailey as a potential future mother, which throws Gil for a loss because of his contentious connection to her. But Gil also feels a stirring of desire for Bailey—and she can't deny that she finds the millionaire rancher attractive. Before too long, neither Bailey nor Gil can resist giving in to their mutual attraction, even though she plans to leave town when her investigation is over. Can they manage to keep their affair low-key without breaking each other's hearts…and Cade's?
Who can resist a romance with a couple who start out at odds, then can barely keep their hands off each other? In BENEATH THE STETSON, Bailey is the bad person in Royal as she steps up her investigation into Alex Santiago's disappearance, despite the fact that the man has reappeared and doesn't remember what happened. All Gil wants to do is protect his fellow club members as there is no way anyone there could be involved. But being at odds with Bailey doesn't mean sexual attraction isn't there, and while kissing the enemy might be a stupid idea, Gil finds he enjoys it very much. The heat sizzles between them, and the only issue left is how to make love without his son finding out and wanting Bailey to remain in Royal as the new Mrs. Addison.
Meanwhile, a new wrinkle appears in BENEATH THE STETSON as readers are introduced to Alex's father and sister. Does Alex regain his memory, and will we learn what happened? The Cattleman's Club: The Missing Mogul enters another intriguing chapter in this series.
Bailey and Gil enter their affair consensually, but they figure it's a temporary alliance, much like their working relationship. Gil has to protect his son from getting attached to Bailey, while she has to resist falling in love with Gil. With heated sensuality and fascinating twists and turns, BENEATH THE STETSON is a tale I highly recommend.