Monday, February 25, 2013

Tammy and the Doctor - Judy Duarte (HAR #2249 - Mar 2013)

Series: Byrds of a Feather (Book 1)


No one can run, rope or ride a horse like Tammy Byrd. But catching the attention of the town's dreamy new doctor is beyond the Texas tomboy's talents. Tammy came to Buckshot Hills to meet the extended Byrd clan. Now she's smack in the middle of a long-simmering family feud...and trying to lasso one hard-to-get big-city healer.

Mike Sanchez can't believe the sweet cowgirl he met at her grandfather's bedside has transformed into this stunning brunette. The Philadelphia physician isn't ready for a new romance, but Tammy's quickly changing his mind. Amid explosive secrets and a certain legendary feather bed, Mike is tempted to have and to hold Tammy in his arms forever-true Texas style! 

Good book.  Tammy, her father and two brothers have come to see her dying grandfather.  Also there are her father's twin brother and her two female cousins.  Tammy is curious about the cause of the feud after she overhears some things.  She also meets her grandfather's doctor who is young and handsome.  Tammy is immediately attracted to him and wants to get to know him better.

I liked both Tammy and Mike.  Having grown up with just her father and two older brothers she had no female role models so she is at a disadvantage when it comes to acting on the attraction she feels for Mike.  When she meets her two cousins she is thrilled to have other women she can talk to and get advice from.  I really enjoyed the shopping trip she did with her cousin Jenna.  That did a lot for her self confidence when it came to trying to connect with Mike.  I really liked the way that she worked at getting to know her grandfather a bit before he passed and how her curiosity led her to the cabin with the supposedly magical feather bed.  I liked her way of cooking for Mike which gave them a chance to get to know each other. 

Mike had come to Buckshot Hills to fill in for the local doctor who was sick.  He had grown up with a single mother who struggled to make ends meet until she found a job with a wealthy man.  He took an interest in Mike and paid for his schooling.  Once he is done doing this favor for his benefactor he plans to return to Philadelphia and set up a good practice.  He will also take advantage of all the city has to offer and try to improve his social station while providing his mom with the retirement he feels she deserves.  He has no plans to stick around Buckshot Hills.  He is surprised by the attraction he feels for Tammy and tries hard to resist it.  Pretty soon he is enjoying the dinners she cooks for him and getting to know her.  He still plans to keep it light and return to Philadelphia, but things start to change for him.  I really enjoyed seeing his relationship with his patients and how good he really was at being a country doctor.  I loved seeing how events caused him to reassess his dreams and goals.  

I'm really looking forward to the next book and seeing how the feud and mystery progress.  I have a suspicion about one of the currently minor characters and can't wait to see if I am right. 

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