Betrayal had ruined Banner Coleman's wedding day and on her wedding night she was a jilted bride Now old seeds of greed and desire are harvesting a scandaland Banner's affair with an old family friend could shatter a friendship and a familyThe Texas countryside was wide and wild, the barn was warm and musty, and the passion between Banner Coleman and her parents' best friend, Jake Langston, was going to be the start of trouble Betrayal had ruined Banner's wedding day, and now on her wedding night she was a jilted bride Jake was the toughest cowhand in Texas, yet Banner had broken down his resistance, setting loose emotions neither of them expected Now Jake and Banner were caught up in a scandal that could tear apart a friendship and a family But theirs wasn't the only sin in this rough town outside of lusty Fort Worth Greed and desire stretched back to a wagon train journey twenty years before, and this cattle land would explode once with a man's hunger and a woman's enduring love Another one of Sandra Brown's earlier bodice ripper style historical romance I loved these back in the day although reading it now it's full of clichés, purple prose and sexist stereotypes but despite this Ms Brown knows how to spin a yarn and it's still mighty entertaining reading. You're huge, she whispered.Who are you comparing me to? he asked.What I Learned From This Book:Sex is totally, totally greatThe Wild Wild West tweren't no place for a womanAppendicitis? Not a problem Never trust a cranky prostituteValuable lessons, to be sure. This review was brought to you by Fictional Equivalent of a Car Crash and I Can't Look Away!Okay, big time yuck and DNF As bad as some of the reviewers say but for all new reasons.Epic, epic 1980s style slutshaming and hypocrisy I doubt if the Victorians and oletime cowboys and schoolmarms were as bad as Sandra Brown's characters.I never even got to Naksed’s concerns over the hero and the heroine’s mother I had other issues to worry about.https://www.goodreads.com/review/show(view spoiler)[When the now pregnant town hussy is dragged to the church by her father half the men slink down in their pews as the baby could have been anyones.Shame on SB for making the hussy and her father totally gross and unsympathetic Really gross.The number of boys who just want a roll in the hay, literally a roll in the hay cause, hey it’s TEXAS, with anyone they can get their paws on.The hero drags the heroine’s vain and vapid competition behind the barn to have his way with her Yeah, she’s shallow, but she didn’t deserve to be treated like that I was really hoping they’d get caught and there would be ANOTHER shotgun wedding, but then he wouldn’t get the heroine.The kicker was the exfiancee who may or may not have gotten the hussy pregnant, but is definitely the fall guy for the town SPOILERSPOILERSPOILER Turns out he was marrying the heroine for her land and is plotting to be an evil lumber baron and will strip the land He hates his now pregnant wife, and in a disgusting, cruel and nauseating scene murders her as she is giving birth to what may or may not be his child He doesn’t even stop to see what sex the baby is before setting fire to the hovel And I’m outta here (hide spoiler)] Definitely old school American historical Love Sandra Brown, but her newer releases are the best I'd love it if she'd do a cowboy romance today. ******Spoiler Alert******While I loved the story of this book, I was however completely upset with she killed off the hero and main charactor of 'Sunset Embrace.' I have not read a Sandra Brown book since reading this one. I hate the ending! hate it hate it hate it! If you have loved Lydia and Ross's story in Sunset Embrace you will feel sad about the ending It is not fair that they only had 20 years together Why should the past hunt Ross till the very end.I love the ending of Priscilla I hate that woman.As for Jake; how could he fool himself in love with Lydia for 20 years That is just stupid.As for the writing; I hate how Banner refers to her mother and father by their first name Who the hell does that? I think that love story between Jake and Barren was dragged too long However, I love this novel for the love of Lydia and Ross If you loved Sunset Embrace you must read this one.I wish there was a story of Lee I would read it. It's bad So bad it's almost good As these older romances can be, it's either really bad or really good This one is a wonderful mix of both the very bad and the very good I cringed a lot during this book and I cheered a lot too At times it seemed like Sandra Brown had written two totally different sets of characters, especially the hero Even in this older historicalromance story Sandra Brown showed that she was not going to be bound by the unwritten rules of romance and the plot refused to conform, which made for a very interesting story.Banner Coleman, the Princess of River Bend and beloved daughter of Ross and Lydia, has her perfect wedding day crapped on by her cheating fiancé Since what Banner wants, Banner gets, this is a real heavy blow to the 18 year old She was looking forward to her wedding night and she wants one, so she is determined to get one, just without a groom Jake Langston and his family have been friends, almost family with the Coleman's for 20 years He has known Banner since her birth and knows she is headstrong and willful She is also beautiful and sensitive and he has always cared for her Banner is set on seducing him and Jake is powerless to resist.The passion and the guilt of that night in the barn follow Banner and Jake as Ross sets the terms for Banner's new ranch and one term is that Jake be the foreman and protect Banner As these two get to know each other as adults and endure the growing pains of a new relationship, Jake's past casts a long shadow and secrets long buried can prove deadly.31/2Stars Safely tucked away on my keeper shelf are two books that, to this day, remain my all time favorite western romances One is my guilty little pleasure A heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey and the other is Another Dawn by Sandra Brown.A sequel to Sunset Embrace featuring Ross Lydia Coleman, Another Dawn picks up the tale, years later, with the marriage of their only daughter.Everyone has come to the Coleman ranch for the marriage of Banner Coleman to local boy Grady Sheldon Including Jake Langston, the much beloved friend of all the Coleman's Jake, Bubba to Ross and Lydia, keeps his distance from the family because he shares a history with them that no one wants to talk about much less Jake himself (Sunset Embrace) But he finds himself intricately intertwined with them oncewhen Banner's fiance's infidelities come to light at the altar!To salve her wounded pride, Banner decides she won't be cheated of her wedding night, so she goes to the one man as lonely as she Jake Langston When she approaches him he thinks she's crazy but he can't help but notice the woman she's become seemingly overnight In the end, he takes what she's offering and it changes their relationship forever.Imagine their surprise when, the very next day, Ross offers Jake a job as foreman on the ranch he's is giving to Banner When his signing on becomes the caveat to owning the ranch, she reluctantly agrees becausethan anything she wants to get on with her life.Their time together on the ranch crackles with sexual tension as neither of them can forget that passion filled night, though Jake tries to with all his might When Jake almost loses her one stormy night, he decides he's tired of fighting what his heart's known all along they were meant to be together.Another Dawn has so much going for it that I don't know where to begin Sexy, tortured hero, feisty intelligent heroine and all kinds of heart wrenching situations that keep you on the edge your seat Full of longing and heated glances, this is romance that goes straight for the gut Even as I reread it recently, I felt like I was taken on a journey, though I knew exactly where they were going.Be warned: The ending will break your heart even as it breaks the biggest rule in romance But that's what makes this novel a cut above the rest (It certainly would have been less moving without it!)This is the kind of book that made me fall in love with reading and I still can't recommend Another Dawn anyhighly then I always have.5 out of 5.(If you can, read Sunset Embrace first but it's perfectly fine as a stand alone!) Rate: 5 starsBetrayal had ruined Banner Coleman's wedding day and on her wedding night she was a jilted bride Now old seeds of greed and desire are harvesting a scandal and Banner's affair with an old family friend could shatter a friendship and a family.The Texas countryside was wide and wild, the barn was warm and musty, and the passion between Banner Coleman and her parents' best friend, Jake Langston, was going to be the start of trouble Betrayal had ruined Banner's wedding day, and now on her wedding night she was a jilted bride Jake was the toughest cowhand in Texas, yet Banner had broken down his resistance, setting loose emotions neither of them expected Now Jake and Banner were caught up in a scandal that could tear apart a friendship and a family But theirs wasn't the only sin in this rough town outside of lusty Fort Worth Greed and desire stretched back to a wagon train journey twenty years before, and this cattle land would explode oncewith a man's hunger and a woman's enduring love.I don't even know if I enjoyed this book I don't know how to put this but this book had me feelin' hot then cold, cold then hot, and hot and cold No doubt it had me completely captivated the entire time, but I couldn't come to terms with the tragic ending When I say it's tragic, I don't mean unhappy because the book does have a traditional 'happily ever after' but with Ross's death it just feels like the perfect picture is incomplete I found it difficult to understand why Sandra Brown would feel the need to write such a tragic death for him when he and Lydia worked so hard for their happiness If I had read Sunset Embrace before this one I wouldn't be sitting here writing a review for a onestar book No, I would be writing a review for a one of twostar book The only thing that made it all bearable for me was because I hadn't read Ross's story I know Lydia and him had twenty years of happiness, but it's never enough is it?I loved the Texan flavour to this book I'm not a particular fan of Western Romance but this book does it so well It's hard to explain it exactly but the setting truly enhances the story As for the characters, I adored Banner and Jake I know it was initially hard for me to accept that Jake was twice Banner's age and in love with her mother, but gradually age lost its importance and I came to enjoy their romance without feeling any discomfort Banner and Jake's romance is one of those intensely and passionately stormy ones It was a constant cycle of love, hurt, passion, yearning andhurt It was hard not to find myself drawn into the web of emotions and there were so manyfacets to this story than just Banner and Jake's relationship I think Sandra Brown reached much deeper than the stereotypical historical romance with this one And this is the first time I've ever given 5 stars to a heartbreaker.He nodded Well, good night, Please, Banner, don't look at me like that I want to hold you, but I can't.Good night Jake, why are you punishing me for a sin that belonged to both of us? Don't hate me for it.Lock up good now, hear? I remember how sweet you were, Banner, and I want you again But I can't, I can'tI will Good night You were so sweet to me that night, so tender and caring Why are you being so mean to me now?