by Susan Wiggs

July 1999
ISBN: 0-373-82585-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #373
Mass Market Paperback

Husband For Hire is the first book in the “Heart of the West” series, which consisted of different stories written by various authors. The stories are all related to the “Lost Springs Ranch”.

Husband for Hire is about Rob Carter and Twyla McCabe. Rob is 36 and an ambitious pathologist. His mother abandoned him at the Lost Springs Ranch when he was six. He returned to Lost Springs for a bachelor auction, which was held in order to save the ranch from closing down.

Twyla is the owner of 'Tease 'n' Tweeze', a beauty salon. She came to Lightning Creek with her mother and son after a painful divorce and the suicide of her father. She made friends with her customers and volunteered her free time to help in the town hospital. After years of watching her go dateless, her loyal customers took matters into their own hands.

Ms Wiggs has written a wonderful small town story with love and friendship. The hero, Rob, may not be a man to die for but he is surely a good catch nowadays. He is handsome, good hearted, and helpful. Twyla, the heroine, isn’t beautiful, courageous or strong but she is independent and friendly. The attractions between the two are mutual from the beginning but since Rob has a girl friend already, it isn't exactly convenient for him to pursue another.

Ms. Wiggs’ first contemporary romance has some realistic and likeable characters. They are people that you may find living next door. Some of them will appear through out the rest of the "Heart of the West" series. After reading one of these books you won’t be able to resist reading the rest of them.

Reviewed in March 2002 by Rose.

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