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ARC Review: Looking For A Cowboy by Donna Grant

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Looking For A Cowboy goes on sale October 27, 2020.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Heart of Texas #5
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Recommend to Others?: No

ABOUTA cowboy finds love in the most unlikely place in New York Times bestseller Donna Grant’s newest Heart of Texas novel, Looking for a Cowboy.

A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody’s business. Cooper Owens also wasn’t born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can’t make himself turn away. . .

P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered—and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee’s come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can’t believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister…and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth—and keep her safe in his arms.


My Review[Content Warning: this story alludes to infertility, and pregnant women being killed and their babies being kidnapped or cut out of the womb and then sold.]

Looking For a Cowboy was an okay read with a lot of sweet moments but I couldn’t suspend disbelief through most of the story. The premise sounded really promising but execution was underwhelming.

I don’t know much about P.I. work but it seemed negligent of Marlee to disclose information about her case and allow civilians (aka Cooper and family) to join her highly dangerous investigation just because they’re good people. I love Cooper and his family/friends and I know they mean well. But I don’t think it was right of them to insist they be included in stopping the bad guys.

I liked Marlee and Cooper together but I don’t know if I fully believe their relationship. They’re better as P.I. partners/lovers than as a couple. There didn’t seem to be any depth to it.

For the last 10 years, Marlee’s sole focus has been finding her sister’s baby on top of other missing babies and nothing else. But Cooper’s presence was more a distraction that easily causes her to lose focus on what brought her to Texas.

Cooper is a good guy searching for something he would enjoy doing on a regular basis. He’s there to lend a helping hand whenever someone needs it. But his character was okay, nothing special that distinguishes him from the others.

Looking For A Cowboy seemed more about Marlee, Jace and the antagonists than anything else. I enjoyed their POVs the most. However, it was Jace who stole my heart. I liked his backstory, his personality, and his hard-headedness. I wanted to know more about him than others.

This was a quick read all things considered. I had a difficult time connecting with the story and characters though. Jace was the best part and I really want to read his book (A Cowboy Kind of Love), although I’m worried there’d be the same high level of disbelief. I still love Donna Grant and think she’s a fantastic author. This series may not be for me.

Heart of Texas Series
A Cowboy Like You (#4)

More By Donna Grant
Dark Alpha’s Awakening (Reaper #7)
Dark Alpha’s Redemption (Reaper #8)
Dark Alpha’s Temptation (Reaper #9)

Fever (A Dark Kings Novel #16)
Flame (A Dark Kings Novel #17)

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