|Catherine Anderson: Phantom Waltz|
Books (Paperback), ISBN 0-451-40989-2
Bethany Coulter possesses all the qualities Ryan requires of his perfect mate -- charm, sassiness, maturity and innocence. Unfortunately, Bethany also brings along a barrel full of problems that could deep-six any chance for a long-term relationship. Beautiful, bewitching and paraplegic, Bethany spends her life confined to a wheelchair, the result of a long-ago barrel-racing accident.
Bethany expects Ryan to make a quick exit like all the other men who discover she cannot walk. Instead, Ryan sticks to his offer. Since she can't dance, he'll take her to the tractor pull. Bethany loves mud and noisy engines.
Bethany says no thanks; wheelchairs don't navigate dirt and gravel tracks very well. She offers him an out, but Ryan refuses to take it. Okay, she'll go. At least she'll get the memory of an evening with Crystal Falls' most eligible bachelor, because no man asks a paraplegic for a second date.
Ryan goes to Herculean efforts to make things work. He won't let a wheelchair come between him and the woman he loves. Ryan and Bethany wrestle frustrations on the physical, personal, and sexual levels.
You can't read Phantom Waltz without being awed by the shear enormity of life as a paraplegic. Catherine Anderson gives us a full picture of handicapped life in every aspect -- from the bathroom to the bedroom.
Romance writers create their own brand of fantasy, and Catherine Anderson cooked up plenty in Phantom Waltz. Worth over $50 million, Ryan can build a handicapped paradise, even on a working ranch. He sets out to do just that and to win Bethany's heart. Along the way, Ryan and Bethany will capture your heart, too.
Anderson combines the usual suspects -- the handsome hero, the plucky heroine -- and throws them in challenging circumstances. She brews plenty of sexual chemistry, and pours this mix into a story that will grip your attention and your heart. You'll shed a tear and crack a smile, and really, really enjoy this finely researched and crafted romance.
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