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Matt (The Cowboys #9)
Matt Haskins proved to be the most difficult of all the orphans in The Cowboys to write about. It's not easy to make a hero out of a man who has been sexually molested, especially when the abuse has given him a mental block against physical contact. I had to find a way to make the reader see that Matt's strength was of a different kind from most cowboys. It was almost as d...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2001 by Leisure Books
(first published June 2001)
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I liked this one, it was a gentle, rather slow moving story whose characters and plot twists seemed realistic and logical. I see this is part of a series - I had no difficulty understanding the backstory though. The main characters, Matt and Ellen had some depth to them and were both likable although Ellen was definitely prickly at times. My only real complaint was the use of some modern phrases, like "check out the kitchen" or "sexual abuse" which probably would have been referred to as "unnatu...more