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Back in the Texan's Bed

(Texas Cattleman's Club: Heir Apparent #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  63 reviews
He’s going to claim his child and the woman who got away…from USA TODAY bestselling author Naima Simone.

Will they ever learn… that giving in to desire is playing with fire?

After discovering he has a secret son, oil heir Ross Edmond isn’t letting Charlotte Jarrett walk away again. He proposes they move in together—to share their son…and a bed. But Charlotte has secrets,
Kindle Edition, 167 pages
Published February 1st 2021 (first published January 20th 2021)
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This is a secret baby/second chance romance, and this is the first book in the Texas Cattleman's Club: Heir Apparent series. I found that main characters fun and developed. The storyline/plot was good, but I did not find it super great. I also think the start of the book off slow, and I wish the pace picked up a little quicker. Without telling any spoilers, I also think the characters jump into each others bed way to fast, but overall I enjoyed it and it was a quick steamy second chance romance. ...more
Korrie’s Korner
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh happy DAY! That’s what happens when you read a good book about a secret baby, and it has all the things that literally ✅ your boxes. Lawd a mercy, Naima Simone you hurt me good with this one boo. This quote alone made me hang up my hat, and call it a day!

“I’m begging for the chance to put us back together. Let me prove to you that I am the man you need. Let me give you and Ben my last name. Let me love you. I don’t need an inheritance if I have you and Ben. You’re all I need. And, baby, I do
Maria Rose
Back in the Texan’s Bed by Naima Simone: Back in the Texan’s Bed by Naima Simone is the first story in the Texas Cattleman’s Club: Heir Apparent series. It’s a secret baby trope romance with a couple who get their second chance to try again.

When Charlotte Jarrett left Royal, she left behind her parents, her job as a chef for the Edmond family, and her lover Ross Edmond. But she carried a secret – a baby that she raised on her own as Ross and his father Rusty indicated they wanted nothing to do w
Michelle Lindo-Rice
Ross Edmond is shocked to learn the only woman who he loved has given him a son. He is eager to know his child and suggests they move in together to coparent. Charlotte Jarrett, a chef, returns home after three years to take a job at the restaurant Sheen to further her career. Soon, she runs into her old love and she discovers the fire between them hasn't died. Both Ross and Charlotte rekindle their relationship though past hurt and pain still lingers. Pretty soon, they have to decide if they ca ...more
Good second chance/enemies-to-lovers story. Three years earlier, Charlotte and Ross had a secret affair. She was the personal chef for the family, and he was the oldest son. Then Charlotte quit and moved to California with no explanation. Now she is back in Royal, and she isn't alone.

As the head chef of a new restaurant, Charlotte knows meeting the patrons is part of the job. However, she didn't bargain for seeing Ross again. Ross was equally stunned to see her, and more so when he learned she h
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Naima Simone welcomes Harlequin Desire readers back to Royal, Texas, and the Texas Cattleman’s Club series with Back in the Texan’s Bed, the first book in the Heir Apparent series. Back in the Texan’s Bed is a second chance romance as well as a secret baby story. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s some serious family drama going on with lies and deceit being just the tip of the iceberg.

Russell “Ross” Edmond Jr. doesn’t believe in love. He only believes in money and power since they’ve never let h
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Though this particular trope (secret baby) isn't
usually one I enjoy, the talented Naima Simone made it work for me!
This book felt realistic in some was, and a little more fictionally exaggerated in others, but the balance was great.
The second chance element of this story really worked for me. We have 2 characters who desperately care for one another. They have all the reasons in the world to be together, if only they can get out of their own way and let it happen.
Love this author, an
Steph's Romance Book Talk
4.5 Stars / 4 Steam Fans

Ross and Charlotte have a secret romance when one day Charlotte leaves their community. When Ross and his siblings take over the family business, he also wants to get the hottest new chef to join him in a venture. Charlotte is building her dreams, and when she comes face to face with her past, she must decide if she wants to revisit that hurt.

Video review available in Week 2: Jan 10 – Jan 16, 2021, full weekly book reviews available on Steph's Romance Book Talk Patreon.
Pj Ausdenmore
Naima Simone sets the pages on fire with a sexy, sassy, and emotionally-charged, second-chance romance...with a secret baby! Back in the Texan's Bed has everything that makes a book a page turner for me: betrayal, a strong, independent heroine, an emotionally-scarred hero, and a second chance to make things right.

I'm not always a fan of secret baby stories but Simone has approached the trope in such a way that I didn't find fault with either of the main characters. Instead, the reveal of the se
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naima Simone just achieved such a feat in making me really get behind a secret baby romance. I shouldn't be surprised. I think Naima Simone is one of the best, if not the best, writer in the Harlequin Desire category line (I haven't read enough of any other line to say). She captures the emotions of her characters so well. She writes the heat and chemistry between her leads flawlessly. These characters come alive even with their rich people problems and over the top soap opera drama at times.

Anne Z.
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review available on my blog!
Isha Coleman
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simone does what she knows best. Back in the Texan's Bed was a scandalous temptation. Ross and Charlotte set each chapter aflame with their turbulent chemistry and emotional past. Betrayal runs rampant and emotions run deep, yet it's the twists and turns that keep hearts craving more. ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Back in the Texan's Bed by Naima Simone is the first in the Texas Cattleman's Club: Heir Apparent series. It is a secret-baby, second-chance story, and like everything else Ms Simone has written of late, it is absolutely stellar.

Charlotte Jarrett's a fabulous chef, and has returned to Royal, Texas, to head the kitchen at Sheen, a new restaurant in town with an incredible all-female staff. Ross Edmonds is bowled over to see her again in the flesh, considering he was devastated by her sudden depar
Nate Brightman
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Even though they seem to be the ones that garner me the most likes, I truly don’t enjoy writing highly critical reviews because even when I don’t particularly like a book, I respect the fact that others may love it and I also respect the time and creative effort an author must have put into writing it. That said this book by new to me author Naima Simone just didn’t impress me a whole lot. It didn’t leave me searching for other books she’s written to enjoy. I’ll break down the whys for
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Naima Simone is one of the only authors that can make me read a second chance romance book, with a SECRET BABY, and enjoy it! This book was HOT and sweet, and I had a great time reading it.

Charlotte Jarrett is a chef, who used to work at the Edmond ranch. She left for a job in California, but now she's back, 3 years later, for an executive chef job at a top restaurant. 3 years ago, when she left town, she broke her own heart walking away from a man who she never thought could love her openly. Li
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three years ago Charlotte Jarrett left her hometown of Royal, Texas after she broke up with Ross Edmond. She returns home with her young son in the hopes she can repair her relationship with her estranged parents. She’s more than stunned to come face to face with her old flame, Ross, an oil heir.

Ross has no idea why Charlotte walked away from him three years ago but when he sees her son, he knows the boy is his and he intends to be a full time father. Charlotte and Ross try to come up with an a
3 Stars

"Back in the Texan’s Bed" is the story of Russell “Ross” and Charlotte.

Charlotte used to work for the H's family and at the same time she had an affair with him. She runs away without giving reasons and finds out later that she is pregnant, but she keeps the baby to herself. She returns home after three years to work as a chef.

I don't know how to describe Ross, his character for me was all over the place. He is a grown up man who still seeks approval from his cold father. He also spent y
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fear and secrets can ruin relationships

With a father like Rusty, who needs enemies. Rusty Edmond, Sr. had his nerves talking about family comes first when he was the least likely person to set that example with his four marriages. He went through women like it was the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. He was the one who really caused Charlotte Jarrett to bolt and run in the first place. His attempt to come on to her scared her to death. With her being his employee, her complaints wou
Becky Baldridge
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this author's work before and enjoyed it, and I'm always up for a second chance romance, but I was a little bit wary of the secret baby trope. It just doesn't usually work for me because I too often end up disliking the secret keeper. However, Naima Simone approaches it a bit differently than the norm, and not only did it work, but I found myself liking this couple and rooting even harder for them once everything's out in the open. The story has a good pace, the couple has great chemis ...more
I couldn't adjust to the writing or the dialogue. It didn't flow and felt clunky. ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Hot damn, Charlotte and Ross burn up the pages in this second chance romance! There's romance, secrets, and so much love. An extraordinary book that also makes me want to read the other stories! ...more
Latifa Morrisette
For this book to be Naima Simone's first secret baby that is done so well is awesome. Ross and Charlotte have so much unresolved chemistry in this book. Ross did make me want to throttle him a few times but I'm glad he finally stood up to his father. All you fans of secret babies, you will love this book. ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best-selling author Naima Simone brings the heat with her intense and emotional new novel for Harlequin Desire, Back in the Texan’s Bed.

Oil heir Ross Edmond does not believe in love. He had once let down the iron-clad defenses which he had built around himself- only to end up with his trust betrayed and his heart shattered into a million tiny pieces. Since then, Ross had vowed to put all of his time, energies and efforts into his work and to not let his judgment be hindered in any way, shape or
Sera Taíno
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Texas Cattleman’s Club, Back in the Texan’s Bed is a second-chance romance with a secret baby in the mix. While second-chance romances are my catnip, the secret baby trope is less interesting to me. But I’m on board for Naima Simone’s steamy writing and excellent plots so I dived right in and happily wasn’t disappointed.

I enjoyed Charlotte and Ross, though their path to the bed seemed a bit quick for my slow-burn heart. It worked for this story because there was history bet
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Second chance, surprise baby, family secrets... oh my

Nothing like family secrets to get in the way of blossoming love. Charlotte Jarrett and Ross Edmonds, heir to the Edmonds Foundation have their fair share of secrets.

Abandonment and lack of affection have shaped the present day man that Ross has become. Re-enter into his playboy lifestyle the one who left him, just like his mother. Charlotte returns home to Royal, Texas with a baby in tow.

While Ross completely opens his heart to his son, he c
Joyce Hudson
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Just the mention of a secret baby count me in; even though this was Naima’s first secret baby book she did an awesome job. The characters were wonderful, there’s good word building, steamy romance, easy to read, family issues, cheating, abandonment issues, secret baby, second chance at love and happily ever after.

Charlotte, was a chef at the Edmond ranch and she and Ross the oldest son had a short-lived affair. Reasons unknown to Ross Charlotte left the family ranch. Charlotte made the ultimate
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secret Baby & Second Chance with a sprinkling of Enemies to Lovers - She's a chef & rising star trying to stitch a relationship back together with her parents while hoping that somehow the love of her life, who's also the disappointment of her life, and happens to be the father of her son, doesn't notice she's back. 

Because they cannot stand each other and because he doesn't know about the being-a-dad thing. 

This being a formidable romance by Naima Simone, you know where this is going to lea
Cassandra Haywood
Once again this author has written a storyline that draws you right in from the beginning of the story to the very end, which left me wanting more. The characters were well developed and the raw emotions of the two main characters Charlotte and Ross I could feel throughout while reading this book. Both characters have experienced much pain, heartache, trust issues, loss, trying to please others instead of themselves, low self esteem, family drama. They both were on an emotional rollercoaster aft ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte is a successful chef and is back home to raise her son and start a new life. She is shocked when she runs into her old flame, the man who fathered her son at her restaurant. What will she do when he finds out about the son they share and the real reason she left town?

Ross can not believe his eyes when he sees Charlotte again. This is the woman he loved. When he finds out they share a son, he immediately begins formulating a plan that will keep Charlotte and their son in his life. When
Lynn Brooks
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 STARS!

An unexpected discovery leads to a passionate reunion! Kicking off a brand new Texas Cattleman's Club: Heir Apparent series with a bang, Naima Simone brings us the tail of a surprise baby in BACK IN THE TEXAN'S BED and I loved it! There wasn't too much of a carry forward in this book as there usually is in a TCC series, but the story of Ross and Charlotte was spot on. I'm looking forward to more in the series.

Ross is easy to like and sympathize with when the shock of learning he has
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Published since 2009, USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone loves writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. Her books have been featured in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and described as balancing “crackling, electric love scenes with exquisitely rendered characters caught in emotional turmoil.”

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