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Dancing In The Moonlight (Cowboys of Cold Creek #2)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,564 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
Lieutenant Magdalena Cruz had come home, but it wasn't the way she'd envisioned her return. And though all she wanted was to be alone, infuriatingly handsome Dr. Jake Dalton -- of the enemy Daltons -- wouldn't cooperate. And she needed him to, because the walls around her heart were dangerously close to crumbling every time he came near . . .
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Silhouette Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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I read about 50 pages in before declaring it a non-starter. The amputee heroine fighting bitterness and grief less than six months removed from her injury I was cool with. The doctor hero bossing her around like he knew what was best for her, and the narrative treating this as if he had the right of it, set off my Get Fucked meter.

Just can't be bothered to read yet another angsty-cripple-shown-the-light-by-able-bodied-caregiver romance. Boring.
Pat Amsden
Apr 04, 2011 Pat Amsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I really, really liked this romance. Magdalena Cruz is a gutsy heroine returned from war in Afghanistan with an amputated leg and an attitude. Jake Dalton is a small town country doctor who grew up in the town and is now looking after the townspeople. He had a thing for Magdalena Cruz growing up but she wouldn't give him the time of day. Not only that but she blamed his family for her father's death.

The characters are believable and three dimensional. Magadalena or Maggie is trying to get over h
Feb 05, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it
My research into What's New and Hot in Category Romance continues. This is Book #4, and this is what I'm talkin' about!

This is my favourite of the free e-books thus far. This one is a Silhouette Special Edition. What sets this one apart from the previous three:

- strong heroine, struggling with wounds both emotional and physical (lost part of a leg while serving in Afghanistan, and her fiancé and her confidence as a result), with real relationships with other people, including family members
- st
Feb 04, 2011 willaful rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of tender, devoted romance heroes
More realism and less drama than I usually go for in category romance, but I liked it for being a little different, featuring a heroine who is a wounded, handicapped and traumatized soldier.

Magdelana Cruz returns home after losing part of her leg and her fiance, afraid of resuming anything like a normal life yet bitterly resenting any attempts to help her. Nonetheless Jake, a warm and dedicated doctor, can't seem to resist trying to take care of Maggie, despite the hatred she's felt towards his
Oct 04, 2011 Steamywindows♥♫ rated it it was ok
What I liked: the theme of a female soldier, injured in Afghanistan is very contemporary, add the love of the fellow who became a doctor, but always loved her from afar (well they were neighbours growing up - so not so far). He never did anything about it because she had a long standing animosity for his family which indiscriminately included him.

Now here is what I didn't like: the fact that the heroine held onto this dislike bordering on hatred for years without ever questioning the facts she b
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Dec 31, 2011 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, 2011-books, nook
I've never read a book quite like this one before and I was very touched by the pain, love, and growth that both Jake Dalton and Magdalena "Maggie" Cruz went through.

For 5 months First Lieutenant Maggie Cruz has been in the best Army hospital under going rehabilitation for her prosthetic leg she lost during an explosion. Now she's attempting to surprise her mom by coming home, but her plan was side swept when her tire blew out.

Which is where Jake Dalton comes into the picture. On the way home
Jun 09, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
This isn't a great book, but it isn't an awful book, either. Let me start by listing what I liked about the book.
- Magdalena Cruz, the heroine, is a former army nurse who lost part of a leg in Afghanistan. I liked the concept of a strong female character, and I liked the fact that she isn't magically healed. She struggles with her amputation, both emotionally and physically.
- Jake Dalton, the hero. Oh, how I loved him! He's the only doctor for a 30 mile radius, and his compassion and kindness wi
Gennie Gee
Sweet :)

I read this a few years ago and thought it was good. I re-read it because I wanted to read the whole series. What amazes me is that even though this book was written about a decade ago, it still rings true and could happen today. There are so many coming home broken from war. I wish all could "heal" as Maggie did with Jake's love!
Dec 05, 2014 LaFleurBleue rated it liked it
More like 2.5 stars
There were some things I liked. The little town seemed quite real, some of the secondary characters seemed to have potential. Maggie's mother cut a strong figure, except for the stupid way she handled her big secret and tried to hide it from her daughter (view spoiler)
Dr. Jake Dalton is part of the ranching family of the Cold Creek Daltons. He and his two brothers, Wade and Seth, survived their childhood with their tough and dishonest father, Hank. They have all built lives they can be proud of and none more than Jake, who is now the dedicated and hardworking sole physician in Pine Gulch. Despite all these accomplishments, Jake is a lonely man who spends his days working long hours and takes little time for himself.

Maggie Cruz is home. After a tour of duty in
Confession - I only read this because I found it when I was browsing the free Kindle books on Amazon and as I was waiting for another book to be delivered it seemed like an easy way to kill a couple of days instead of starting something a bit more time consuming. Besides, if nothing else I could mock it afterwards, right? More fool me because I actually really, really enjoyed this.

I've come to the conclusion that I'm a bit of a book snob sometimes. I look down my nose at Silhouette and M&B b
Nov 14, 2011 Nicola rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books
Sorry. Another sappy Sunday afternoon read. Another free Harlequin. (I just cannot resist the word free. I think I have only a few more downloaded!)
Not really impressed with this one. Ya, it kept me entertained. Ya, the story was sappy, sweet, and romantic - everything a romance book should be. However, I could not get over Maggie feeling so sorry for herself. Sure it was tough to lose her dad at a young age, but she admitted to having a fabulous mom and uncle to help her through it. I am sure i
Dec 09, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it liked it
This is a story about a nurse who is wounded while on military duty in Afghanistan, and her struggle to adjust to "normal" when she gets back stateside. She has lost her leg below the knee and has a prosthesis. She is stubborn yet has a "who would want a cripple" streak to her. Her longtime neighbor/enemy - coincidentally a doctor - longs to get closer to her as he's always desired her.

Parts of it were really good but parts also dragged. I really wanted to see how their relationship was resolve
I really liked the book,it was realistic and quick n simple story,easy to read

Jack and Maggie both are great characters,Maggie has went through a lot and now she has returned but she has this nightmares and is finding it difficult to make adjustment after the amputation but she is trying at same time there is Jack who always loved Maggie,he is always there for her and supports her

Maggie is conflicted with her loyalty towards her father but then her mother makes her see the truth and reveals quie
Mar 12, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it
Got this as a freebie and it was pretty good. Just a sweet story about a returning soldier who comes home to recover from a devastating injury she received while serving in Afghanistan. Loved Dr. Jake, her childhood friend, who helps her to realize how much she has to live for. The first book in the series was ok, about Wade the oldest brother. This one was better, and I think I will be reading get Seth's book, Dalton's Undoing. He's the family playboy, and his story should prove to be a fun one ...more
Zee Monodee
Loved the very flowing voice of RaeAnne Thayne, and fell in love with Jake. Good book to whittle an afternoon with
Gina Hott
Apr 27, 2014 Gina Hott rated it liked it
Lt Magdalena Cruz returns home a war vet with a purple heart and a huge chip on her shoulder.

Not that I wouldn't. Having two of your friends killed by a bomb that also took your leg. Having everyone give you those pity looks. Having your fiance bail out when he sees that you'll have to live without a leg.

On top of that the son of the man who essentially worked your father into his grave keeps following you around and giving your orders. Being the only doctor in the small town where you both live
Aug 03, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing
This is a gut wrenching story. Army Lieutenant who looses part of her leg to a bomb in Afghanistan. Had her fiancee look at her with such pity and revulsion at Walter Reed hospital when he comes to see her the relationship is called quits. This story shows the strength one needs to get past the fears the war and the disabilities one might have to face but still have the courage to find love and happiness and most of all contentment and want to finish living there life to the fullest.Very good re ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Sep 08, 2015 Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe) rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

I really enjoyed this. The wounded heroine was so wounded, both emotionally and physically. Jake was a patient hero as he helped accept both her past, her present, and her future.
Victoria Hess
Aug 01, 2014 Victoria Hess rated it liked it
If you are into romance, or you just need a break from heavy reading, this book is for you. After all, how many silly little books are set with a view of the Tetons, especially from the back side. (Note, I live in view of the Tetons.)

The male romantic interest, Dr. Dalton, is a sole practitioner in a small town about 45 minutes from IF, where he seems to spend a fair amount of time delivering babies and checking up on patients. He is the son of a major cattle rancher in this small town of about
Jan 10, 2015 Diana rated it it was ok
I gotta stop reading these freebies. This book had one good thing going for it: it featured a disabled female soldier returning home from the Middle-East. Unfortunately, you have to get 90% through the ridiculous story to find out how she was injured. And her love interest was just way too perfect...bordering on creepy. Even worse was the dialogue from the Mexican-American mother of the heroine. Note to authors: if you do not speak a foreign language, please do not have a character speak a forei ...more
AUTHOR: RaeAnne Thayne's writing is warm and caring and touches the heart with devotion. This is a great book and written with imagination and emotion. You will love the book.

After serving in Afghanistan as a nurse Magdelena Cruz returns to her home in Pine Gulch wearing a prosthesis on what is left of one leg. Jake Dalton grew up loving Maggie. She does not know about his feelings for her nor does she care. Jake’s father cheated Maggie’s father which led to his death. She will not hav
Lt. Magdalena Cruz returns home to her family’s ranch and her mother, in Pine Gulch, Idaho to hopefully hide away from the ugly truth and lick her wounds, literally and figuratively, after surviving the amputation of her left leg, just below the knee. Lt. Cruz has been in the army reserves in Afghanistan when she was injured. She wants nothing more than to be left alone. Of course, she never counted on seeing one of the “arrogant” (her words, not mine) Dalton’s, their neighboring ranchers, as s ...more
"You're in my blood, my skin, my bones. I go to bed wanting you, I wake up wanting you, I spend most of the damn day wanting you. But I'm not going to beg."

He glazed at her for several moments more, then he sighed. "Aw hell. Yes, I am.
" (Sigh)

I had downloaded RaeAnne Thayne's "Dancing in the moonlight" last January (almost to the day I finally read it!) from the Harlequin eBook store. I was trying out the site for the first time and it was free. But for whatever reason, I never got around to rea
Rubi Jayne
This was an ok read for me. It wasn't great but it wasn't OMGpainful, either.

I loved the idea of an abrasive, physically wounded female protagonist with a serious chip on her shoulder (sometimes it's awesome to not like the hero/heroine), and this was a better attempt than some others I've seen.

Discounting the spelling errors (always an issue but never held against the author, who can only do so much after the MS has been handed over for publication), there were a lot of little things about th
Aug 31, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
RaeAnne Thayne has a special knack of making a story come alive and she does it again in Dancing In The Moonlight. We're back with the Daltons, this time with Jake, or shall I say Dr. Jake Dalton. The Daltons have been neighbors with the Cruz family for years. Jake and Maggie grew up and have been through so much together.

However, things are not okay with Maggie. She's been hurt and is somewhat bitter when she gets home. After everything who will want her now. What she doesn't realize is that Ja
Brenda (b)
This is a feel good story. It's very touching and had me in tears several times. Maggie was wonderful – a disabled veteran struggling to come to terms with the changes in her life. Jake was so caring and strong, giving her the room she needed but still trying to help her at the same time.

This can be read as a stand alone without losing anything from the story, but it's actually the 2nd book in the series The Cowboys of Cold Creek. The first book, Light The Stars, was about the older brother, Wad
Jan 17, 2012 Estara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance with physically handicapped heroines set in small towns
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Dora Okeyo
Mar 21, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it liked it
I have taken to reading Romance novels in between classics and some Philosophical books. They offer a much needed mental break, and I loved reading Dancing in the Moonlight.
Maggie has a stump, after a bomb went off while she was in Afghanistan and she is tough. She doesn't want anyone to pity her, and seems to shut people out-but this doesn't stop Jacob Dalton. The story is worth reading because Maggie does not let her guard down. She loves Jacob, but her fear of him not loving her without a leg
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Cowboys of Cold Creek (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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