Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Clarence Thunder may not be as young as he once was . . . But is he as good once as he ever was? He hopes so. He’s been watching Tammy Tall Trees, the young single mother who works next door in the Child Care Center. He wants to show Tammy he can take care of her and her young son—but can he compete with the boy’s real father?
Tammy was crushed when her old boyfriend abandoned her after she got pregnant. Since then, she’s put her son first—which means no dating. Who would want a broke single mother, anyway? Certainly not Clarence—one of the best men on the White Sandy. Until one day, the older man starts making her coffee—and bringing her son toys. Can she put herself first—or will her past catch up to them both?
This is a short novella from the series Men of the White Sandy, a series which I thoroughly enjoy reading. They are interesting and sexy men and women that live and love amidst the rough world of the reservation.
Clarence Thunder is a nurse working at the clinic on the White Sandy reservation. He was in the Navy and lived away for 10 years, but came home because he missed the wide open spaces and the people.
Tammy Tall Trees works part time at the day care center next to the clinic, she enjoys the work as it helps her feel independent and able to provide for her three year old son Mikey. His father Ezra is a loser who is not in their lives.
Clarence and Tammy have a morning routine that features coffee and small conversations, but he is about to shake things up and hopes that Tammy is interested in taking their relationship to a new level.
I have read the other stories in this series and feel fully committed to these characters. I love their strength amid the hardships and poverty as they find their true loves.
Clarence was featured in previous stories as the stoic nurse who can stand his ground when there is trouble at the clinic. He is the faithful worker who is happy with the stability that Dr. Mitchell has brought to the clinic. As he becomes more comfortable in his surroundings he turns his attention to Tammy, he wants to expand their relationship from small pleasantries in the morning to much more.
Tammy is also happy to be in a more stable place, she enjoys working at the day care where she feels needed as she is still wounded from her past relationship with the father of her son. She does not want anything to jeopardize what she now has and is afraid of her feelings for Clarence. She has been beaten down by life and seems to have a hard time thinking she deserves more.
This is a sweet love story, Clarence is so nice to Tammy and treats her unlike anyone ever has, leaving her as much afraid as she is hopeful. They both have flaws, he is a lot older than she is and she has issues with her body, but they carve out time together each Saturday afternoon to get to know each other, and of course it would not be a story by Ms. Anderson without some steamy scenes as they take their relationship to new levels. Things are almost jeopardized when Mikey’s father comes back, but the conflict is resolved very quickly as Ezra does what he always does and it is a non-issue.
The pace of the story is fast since this is a short story and the romance and conflict are quick. We see some characters from previous stories as this is a small town and many interact on a daily basis. A sweet romance that continues the Men of the White Sandy series that is very enjoyable.
I give Clarence by Sarah M Anderson 4 stars!