Duarte, Judy, Marry Me, Mendoza! (The Fortunes of Texas: Southern Invasion, Book 4), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2013).
Title: Marry Me, Mendoza! (The Fortunes of Texas: Southern Invasion, Book 4)
Author: Judy Duarte
Imprint: Special Edition
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Women); Interracial Relationship; POC; Prejudice
Nicole Castleton was a shrewd businesswoman with a Texas-sized stubborn streak. She needed a husband in a hurry, and no one but her ex, Miguel Mendoza, would do! Yet she had her doubts—sweet, sexy Miguel still shook her to the core of her expensive Castleton boots. And when it came right down to it, she still desired the man beyond words.
Was it a ghost standing on his doorstep? Or could this really be his Nicole? The girl who broke Miguel’s heart ten years ago was back—with a crazy proposal for a strictly business marriage! A desire for payback—and one last round of romance with the one who’d gotten away—tempted Miguel beyond any dollar amount. But this time, he wasn’t so sure he’d be able to walk away from the woman of his dreams…
If you’re a fan of the Fortunes of Texas the way I am, you’ll understand how happy I was to be asked to work on the 2013 series, The Fortunes of Texas: Southern Invasion. It’s always fun to work with other authors in creating a continuity series, but it’s also nice to return to Red Rock and revisit some of the characters who have become real over the years.
This time, I had the opportunity to write the story of Miguel Mendoza and his high school sweetheart, Nicole Castleton. Ten years ago, Miguel and Nicole went through a devastating breakup, and Miguel left town to escape the heartbreak. Now he’s a happy and successful sales exec for Home Run Records in New York.
But Nicole doesn’t let the distance stop her when she’s forced to find a husband – and fast! She’s also prepared to offer Miguel a deal he can’t refuse. Trouble is, the chemistry between them is even stronger than ever. So find a cozy spot to sit back and enjoy another Red Rock romance.