Book #52 was Sunny Chandler’s Return by Sandra Brown. The back of the book reads:
Sandra Brown has won over fans and critics throughout the world with more than fifty New York Times bestselling novels. Her early works were hailed by Rendezvous magazine as stories with â€œlarger than life heroes and heroines [who] make you believe all the warm, wonderful, wild things in life.â€ Here is the unforgettable story of a woman who returns to her small hometown in the Southâ€”and finds that the sins of her past are right where she left them.
Never. Sunny Chandler always said sheâ€™d never go back to the tiny town where she grew up. It was just three years ago that she was at the center of a notorious scandalâ€”and the good folks of Latham Green, Louisiana, made it clear theyâ€™d never let her forget it. So Sunny packed up and headed for New Orleans, and now she wouldnâ€™t give up city life for the world. But when sheâ€™s invited to her best friendâ€™s wedding, Sunny has no choice but to go home. And with her return come the whispersâ€¦the looksâ€¦the rumors she tried to escape. It doesnâ€™t take Sunny long to see that Latham Green has nothing new to offer. Except maybe Ty Beaumont.
The moment Ty and Sunny first meet at a party, he can see sheâ€™s no ordinary woman. With her dazzling hair, and eyes the color of gold, sheâ€™s a flesh-and-blood fantasyâ€”and Ty vows heâ€™ll have her in his bed before the week is out. Yet even when he turns on his southern charm, Sunny makes it clear sheâ€™s not interested. Sure, a night with Ty would be wilder than Bourbon Street at Mardi Gras. But Sunnyâ€™s not in town to become some good olâ€™ boyâ€™s latest conquest, no matter how sexy he is. Little does she know that Ty isnâ€™t used to taking no for an answerâ€”and he isnâ€™t about to start now.
Soon what began as an innocent flirtation becomes a tantalizingly slow, skillfully deliberate, and overwhelmingly seductive pursuit that even Sunny finds hard to resist. But resist him she will. For Sunny is harboring an agonizing secretâ€”the painful truth of why she left Latham Green the way she did. What she really needs now is a friendâ€”and thatâ€™s when she discovers there may be more to Ty Beaumont than meets the eye. Despite his roguish facade, Sunny comes to see he has a heart of gold. Still, she doesnâ€™t know if she can trust another person with her secret heartbreakâ€”not even the one man who may be able to heal it.
I think there’s yet to be a Sandra Brown book I haven’t liked. Her non-suspense romances even manage to be complex and sexy without being sickly sweet or clichÃ©. Sunny may have over-reacted a bit to her wedding that didn’t happen, but I understand small towns and how news, accurate or not, travels fast. Ty was straight-forward and pushy, but seemed to know exactly what she needed, right from the start. Brown is one of the best at creating sexual tension, and that’s what really sells a romance for me.
Page count: 256 | Approximate word count: 51,200