Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Never Trust a Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle & author guest post

Bon Appétit and a Book with Kathleen Eagle
author of 

Chicken Diable

I discovered this recipe when I was in high school, and I’ve been making it for family and friends ever since. It’s always a hit. This is from my original recipe card:

Preheat oven to 375º

Makes 4 servings

1 broiler-fryer (about 3 lbs) cut up
4 tbsp butter
½ cup honey
¼ cup prepared mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder

1. Wash chicken pieces; pat dry; remove skin if you wish.

2. Melt butter in shallow baking pan. Stir in remaining ingredients. Roll chicken in mixture to coat both sides. Arrange meaty side up.

3. Bake 1 hour, spooning sauce over chicken occasionally, until chicken is tender and richly glazed. If skin has been removed, baste more often.

About the author:

KATHLEEN EAGLE published her first book, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award winner, with Silhouette Books in 1984. Since then she has published more than 40 books, including historical and contemporary, series and single title, earning her nearly every award in the industry. Her books have consistently appeared on regional and national bestseller lists, including the USA Today list and the New York Times extended bestseller list.

Born in Virginia and raised "on the road" as an Air Force brat, Eagle earned degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Northern State University. She taught at Standing Rock High School in North Dakota for 17 years. She continues to teach writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Title:  Never Trust a Cowboy
Author:  Kathleen Eagle
Published:  December 16/14 by Harlequin
Length:  224pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

When a Cowboy Comes Calling…

The last thing harried Lila Flynn needed was another cowboy to deal with. But new hire Del Fox was different than most sweet-talking wranglers. The hard worker had a gentle touch and eyes that spoke of a past he didn't share. Lila soon found her hardened heart softening, frightening her more than any other hurdles she was facing.

Del's assignment in Short Straw, South Dakota, was meant to be fast and simple. Falling for Lila Flynn, however, had complicated everything. If he did his job right it would mean destroying everything Lila had worked for. He'd given her every reason never to trust him again. But when all was said and done, would she trust their love enough to give them a second chance?

My Review:

This novel was packed full of intrigue from the first page. I found myself trying to guess who did what and how it would all pan out. Even when I’d figured most of it out, I still found myself trying to unravel the last details right to the end.

This novel definitely had a unique cast of characters. Eagle develops the main characters in such a way that you feel like you know them, without knowing too much about them. Surrounded by a supporting cast that rounds out the family ranch feel of the story, I felt like I could really understand the dynamics. I enjoyed getting to know the father, he added a lot to the story. The stepbrother gave me the creeps from the moment I met him.

Overall, this was quite an interesting novel that kept me thinking and guessing throughout. Eagle balances romance and intrigue nicely for an enjoyable whole.

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