Friday, September 27, 2013

Canyon - Brenda Jackson (HD #2245 - Aug 2013)

Series: Westmorelands (Book 26)

Years ago, Canyon Westmoreland wasn't ready to settle down. But when Keisha Ashford returns to town with a two-year-old son, everything changes -- except for the blazing attraction he still feels for Keisha. This time around, nothing will stop Canyon from claiming what is his -- his woman and his child!

Three years ago Canyon and Keisha broke up over a misunderstanding.  Canyon was hurt and furious that she hadn't trusted him enough to hear his side of the story, and Keisha felt betrayed by him.  She moved away, taking a very important secret with her.  Now she's back and she still won't have anything to do with him.  Canyon is determined to confront her and follows her one day - only to discover what that secret is.

I loved Canyon.  He isn't one of the men who resists the idea of commitment.  He had been ready to propose to Keisha when all the trouble started.  Since she left he had dated some, but nothing serious.  Now that she's back in town he really wants a chance to clear the air, but she is still avoiding him.  I loved the scene where he is basically stalking her and his brother is trying to convince him that he's going to get in trouble.  He is stunned when he finds out she had his son, and furious that she never told him.  I loved the fact that he had no trouble with the idea that he was a father and that he was going to be fully involved from then on.  Seeing him with Beau was just so sweet.  There are some great scenes between the two of them that show what a great dad he is going to be.  When Keisha's house was broken into he insisted that they stay with him - perfect for getting a chance to straighten things out between them.  He's not happy that she still doesn't believe the truth but hopes to convince her.  Being together so much shows him that his love for her never died and their chemistry is still off the charts.  I liked the realism of his character.  He isn't perfect.  He gets frustrated, he loses his temper sometimes, and he has to be shown that he probably would have made the same mistake in her place.  He also has a great love of family, as is shown in the closeness of the Westmoreland clan.  I loved the effort he put into getting Keisha to finally accept the truth, and his frustration when she then wouldn't forgive herself.

Keisha frustrated me a lot of the time.  She was so sure about what she saw that she refused to listen to what Canyon tried to tell her.  Then she left town, taking the news of her pregnancy with her.  She held on to her feelings of betrayal, refusing to tell Canyon that he was a father, even after she returned to Denver.  At least when he confronted her she didn't try to lie about it, but she wasn't pleased with the idea of him being involved.  I loved the way that her surprise at his rapid acceptance and obvious happiness at being a father made her begin to realize that she had been wrong not to tell him.  She still wasn't ready to believe that he hadn't been unfaithful to her.  She had serious trust issues when it comes to men because of the way her father had treated her mother and it affected the way she treated Canyon.  When her house was broken into Canyon insisted that they move in with him until the person was caught.  This made her very nervous because she was still attracted to him and didn't trust herself around him.  I loved the way that he started breaking down her walls and showing her that his feelings for her hadn't changed.  I also loved her reaction to meeting the whole family and the fact that they didn't treat her badly because of what she had done.  She really didn't know how to deal with that.  I was glad to see that she finally accepted the truth, but then the subsequent refusal to forgive herself and move on with him was a bit much.  It took facing some real danger for her to realize what she was doing.  

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