Happy New Year Baby Fortune ★★★☆☆

Author: Leanne Banks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: NetGalley– Harlequin
224 pages

Lullabies and cowboys? USA TODAY bestselling author Leanne Banks kicks off the new Fortunes of Texas continuity with a story of a single mom and the sexy rancher who sweeps her off her feet!

As she rings in the new year in Horseback Hollow, Texas, single mom Stacey Fortune Jones tries to count her blessings. She has an adorable baby girl, Piper; supportive parents; good friends. Best of them all is Colton Foster, her longtime neighbor from the ranch next door. He always seems to be around when she needs him. Trouble is, she may be starting to need him a bit too much.

She’s off-limits, Colton keeps telling himself. The tall, muscular rancher turns to mush every time he sees Stacey. But falling for his little sister’s best friend seems wrong on so many levels. She’s on the rebound. She’s got a baby. She’s…complicated. What’s a big-hearted cowboy to do?


     First of all let me just mention that this book is book one of the Fortunes of Texas series.  Apparently there are several other Fortunes series with countless books between them all.  Now, don’t let this scare you off.  Leanne Banks did a very good job at the beginning of the book putting together all of the connections and parts that you might have missed if you hadn’t read the many other books.  Thank goodness because I hadn’t realized when I requested the book from NetGalley that there were so many others!  I loved the cover and thought it sounded like a sweet book.  Which it was.  
    The book starts off at a wedding on New Years Eve.  I’m sure if you had read the many other books you would be familiar with the bride and groom.  Stacey is sitting with her 6 month old baby daughter Piper when her best friend’s brother sits next to her and talks to her.  Colton is a really great guy but feels responsible for Stacey’s ex leaving her and the baby.  He decides to start hanging around and trying to cheer up Stacey and Piper.  It’s all very sweet and romantic.  
     I liked this book and will give Leanne Banks a try again sometime.  Especially if an of the other books are about hot cowboys.  Hint hint.  
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