Matt (The Cowboys)
- Sales Rank:137,715
- Format:Kindle eBook
- Language:English (Published)
- Media:Kindle Edition
- Publication Date:September 11, 2011
Matt Haskins proved to be the most difficult of all the orphans in The Cowboys to write about. It's not easy to make a hero out of a man who has been sexually molested, especially when the abuse has given him a mental block against physical contact. I had to find a way to make the reader see that Matt's strength was of a different kind from most cowboys. It was almost as difficult to make Ellen Donovan see it.
Ellen's experience with men has been all bad. When she's forced to marry Matt so they can each keep the children they're trying to adopt, she's certain he has ulterior motives. She sets up stringent conditions before agreeing to the marriage of convenience. She expected Matt to accept them -- she wouldn't have married him otherwise -- but she was a little surprised, and disappointed, when he stuck to them after they were married. Ellen didn't want a quiet, unassuming husband. She wanted one who would take on the world in her defense. Matt had the size and the strength, but she didn't see much else to recommend him.
Taking on the responsibility of the two boys Matt wanted to adopt was one more thing she didn't need. She planned to stay married just long enough so the crusading Revered Wilbur Sears couldn't take her kids or Matt's boys. Then she was headed for San Antonio to open her own hat shop.
But while Ellen was making plans to leave Matt and his two troublesome boys behind, she discovered there was a lot more to this good-looking cowboy than met the eye.
Reviews for MATT ...
"Leigh Greenwood is one phenomenal writer who knows the human elements of every day living, the joys and sorrows, the power of love and the beauty of redemption. The characters are in depth, very complex and challenging. MATT is a special gift of love and forgiveness. I'll never forget it!" - Suzanne Coleburn, the Belles and Beaux of Romance
Matt and Ellen are strong lead characters with a lot to deal with and overcome. The orphaned youngsters, Toby, Orin, Noah, Tess and Hank, lend their vastly different personalities to create a family. Other secondary characters do their best to derail Matt and Ellen from their goals. Greenwood gets into a touchy subject without going into graphic detail. The way he handles the subplot leaves no doubt in readers' minds what's going on.
The Cowboys: Matt proves once again, there's no fence high enough to keep love out. You don't want to miss Matt's touching story. - Reviewed by Brenda Gayle
MATT is another installment on The Cowboys, the saga of Jake and Isabelle Maxwell and their brood of adopted children. Strong characters and emotions carry the story forward and keep us waiting for the next cowboy. - Jill Brager, Romantic Times
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