Hot Texas Sunrise by Delores Fossen
Cleo Delaney misses her close friend, and she will keep her promise. She will do whatever it takes to raise her friend's three boys. The problem is, Cleo has an arrest record and owns a bar, and that makes her a poor choice in social service's eyes. Her friend failed to complete a will before she passed away from cancer.
At the moment, those boys are in their grandmother's care, and that violent alcoholic is a horrible choice. Cleo's last hope is to get a former friend and lover, Deputy Judd Laramie, to step up and agree to become the boys' foster. The problem is Judd is battling his own demons and isn't sure he needs that kind of complication in his life.
It was a gorgeous spring day yesterday and I was in the mood for a light, happy read. Hot Texas Sunrise didn't disappoint. The passion between Cleo and Judd is still strong. I loved that the only conflict in this book would be Cleo's friend's mom. There was nothing else added, which I appreciate because conflict in a romance can often seem forced to me and a little hard to believe. That was never the case here.
Was this book a perfect read? Not really. There were things with the social worker that bugged me. The ending also seemed to come together way too fast and easy. That said, the romance never disappointed and left me with the warm fuzzies I was looking for.
This is a second book in a series, but I don't feel like I missed a thing.