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Dancing In The Moonlight

(Cowboys of Cold Creek #2)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  4,375 ratings  ·  281 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, 256 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Silhouette Special Edition (first published January 1st 2006)
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C. I got the Kindle edition as a freebie some time ago, but it is not free at this time, however check your library for it. :]

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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.
Feb 05, 2009 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
Pat Amsden
Apr 04, 2011 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 03, 2011 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 03, 2011 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
Deborah Obida
I did not like this book at all. This book is by far my worst harlequin read. It was a fast read but the characters are so shallow.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books, i-own, 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
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Jun 08, 2012 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!
Sharon M
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved this read. It wasn't the typical girl meets boy, fall in love kind of story. This was about Lt. Magdalena Cruz who returned to her hometown after a rough patch in Afghanistan and losing her leg. She stumbled across her neighbor Jake Dalton who she hates because she blamed the Dalton's for her dad's death. I loved sweet, old Jake who tries his best to show care to Lena but she is constantly rude and arrogant towards him. This is my first read from RaeAnne Thayne but I am excited to ...more
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
Sep 17, 2013 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)
Nov 13, 2011 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
Sep 17, 2009 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
Mar 10, 2011 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
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
Aug 03, 2011 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)
Aug 17, 2015 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.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read by Raeanne Thayne. It was an enjoyable read & a nice romantic story & a nice ending. Very good free book to read.
Zee Monodee
Loved the very flowing voice of RaeAnne Thayne, and fell in love with Jake. Good book to whittle an afternoon with
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maggie, a nurse, returns home from Afghanistan with a purple heart and a prosthesis, feeling down about herself and her future. Jake is thrilled she’s home, he’s harbored a crush on Maggie forever, but Maggie’s longstanding grudge against his family and her belief that no man would want her after the injury, jeopardizes his hopes for romance.

I very much liked how supportive and encouraging Jake is towards Maggie, but other than that, I didn’t feel like he had enough story. Maggie’s dealing with
Marcia  Haskell
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retreating from the world doesn't always work.

A nurse is injured while serving in Afghanistan and her leg is amputated below the knee. When her physician fiancé responds with revulsion, she feels as if she is damaged and repulsive. Her decision to return to her childhood home was made to permit her to retreat from interacting with other people. She had been hurt enough.

Her childhood friend had become a doctor and he was not willing to permit her to retreat from life. As they try to get over the
Kathleen Booker
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this story about small town girl who has grown to despise her neighbors because she blames them for her Father's death only to grow up,move away and become nurse then go to Afghanistan and end up losing part of her leg. She returns home still full of bitterness towards the Dalton's and the fact that she feels her life as she know it is over.

Little does she know that, Jake Dalton is the town Dr. and is still in love with her. She learns the truth about her Dad's death and finds her way to li
Lisa  Montgomery
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I might for I was unfamiliar with the author until now.
I would give the book a 3.8, rather than a 4 because I felt there were several key parts of the story mentioned early on that were not addressed at the end of the book. For example, there were a couple of references to the stream on the ranch overflowing in heavy rains. However, that detail did not play out in the story.
It was admirable to have a character with a disability being the heroine
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, romance
Dr. Jake Dalton and Magdalena Cruz get together in this story. Maggie has lost part of her leg serving in the military. She was a combat nurse. She is struggling with where her life should go now. She comes home to Pine Gulch near the Tetons in Idaho. Jake has loved her from afar since their school days. Maggie has a lot to overcome to find her love for Jake in return.
There was a bedroom scene, which wasn't expected by me because the other books I have read by RaeAnne Thayne have not included se
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book.

At first Maggie's stubbornness was irritating to me. My father is a veteran amputee and her issues seemed foreign to me but I remembered them telling us that everyone reacts to amputation differently. So I moved past it then I was just like girl please this is a good man and he loves you he can help, let him. In the end she did and it was a wonderful story.
Emily Higgins
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Lt. Magdalena Cruz returned home after losing her lower left leg while serving in Afghanistan. Her neighbor, Dr. Jack Dalton, is back home after years away getting his medical training. Jack has a difficult time breaking through Magdalena's defenses to convince her he loves her in spite of her injuries.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book of Characters!!

Being an amputee myself, I found this book interesting. It described being an amputee very well. My only issue with it was how she saw herself. I'm sure that is how most veterans see themselves. And I understand that. But yes, I wanted to kick her ads and tell her to put her big girl panties on!! 😁
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