Gil Yancy prides himself on making sound
decisions. When his friend Everett offers him a choice to buy
into Everettís working ranch, Gil takes him up on the offer.
Arriving at the ranch weeks later, Gil wonders at the
quietness and when he sees a housekeeper cleaning a cabin he
questions her as to where the owner or his wife might be.
When the woman turns around, Gil sees red. Evidently the lady
of the evening that robbed him blind twelve years ago is now
employed on his friendís ranch. Gil canít WAIT to tell
Everett or his wife about her and he gloats as he tells her
Josephine Andrews is at once dismayed and
secretly astonished to come face to face with the only man to
make her feel loved after twelve long years. Knowing that she
does owe him for taking his money so long ago, Josie canít
help but be scared because Gil actually gave her something
worth more than money. When Gil demands to see Everettís wife
at the ranch house, Josie does what he demands. She dresses
and comes down to meet her company. Evidently Everett, her
deceased husband, didnít tell Gil everything before Gil bought
part of their ranch. Josie has to put up with him in order
for the ranch to succeed and in her deepest heart of hearts,
she desires him as if twelve years were just yesterday.
Gil and Josie come to an understanding,
sort of. Gil canít help wanting to make Josie pay for past
mistakes and Josie canít help loving him in spite of it. Add
in a tiny waif with blonde hair and Gilís heart is lost
forever. But, in order for these two lovers to lead their
lives, they must get rid of a foul neighbor intent on doing
Josie and her daughter harm. Gil vows no one will hurt them,
and he means it.
One Real Man is a fitting
title to this wonderful book. Gil was such a man. He was
real, faults and all, and while his gambling and love of
taking chances almost made him unreliable, his ability to
control that one area of his life more than made up for the
feelings he invoked. Josie was a woman who knew what was
important in life and while she regretted taking from Gil so
long ago, she still felt that what Gil gave her in return was
more than anything she could ever repay him. Their finding
each other after so long was just one aspect of why One
Real Man was a great novel.
Janette Kenny has a new fan. I have already gotten her
previous release, One Real Cowboy, to read and plan on
waiting and watching for more new books as they are released.
One Real Man released in March and I suggest
reading this truly outstanding western romance.