Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! A Cowboy Kind of Love goes on sale April 27, 2021.
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Heart of Texas #6
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Who wants to rodeo again?
Jace Wilder has been rebuilding his life since the love of his life, Taryn, up and left town unexpectedly. But when she mysteriously returns, Jace’s dependable world comes crashing down. Taryn is hiding a dangerous secret, and no matter how hard he tries, Jace can’t stay away—especially when Taryn is at risk. And especially when the attraction he thought he’d buried long ago is back and hotter than ever. Will he be able to trust Taryn again?
Taryn Hillman’s world fell apart one horrifying night, and it’s never been the same since. When she sees a small chance at untangling herself, she takes it, though it means returning to Clearview—and seeing Jace again. But when he vows to protect her, will Taryn take a chance, and this time, never let him go?
My Review: We’re back in Clearview, Texas; this time it’s Jace’s story. This series has been hit or miss with me. But I loved Jace in the last book, so I was looking forward to reading this book.
Jace has been struggling since his days as a POW years ago. Taryn brought back light into his life until her and her family’s sudden disappearance. Her return to Clearview brings out all his protective Alpha instincts. From Jace and Taryn’s backstory they’re definitely each other’s one and only. He kind of forgave her awfully quickly but I assume that was a combo of still loving her and wanting the emotional pain to stop.
Taryn has sacrificed a lot to pay her father and brother’s debts and shield her sister Payton by selling drugs for a huge drug lord. Through all the hardships she’s never forgotten Jace and their undeniable, steamy chemistry. I was surprised that she was surprised by the lengths and risks Jace was willing to take to help her because of their deep connection/history.
There’s not much character growth as things focus mostly on Taryn’s predicament. The danger involved was high and led towards a calamitous climatic scene. I also liked that Taryn and Jace’s demons weren’t completely insta-solved but left room beyond the story for healing.
A Cowboy Kind of Love was a quick, enjoyable read. I’m really hoping there’s another book featuring Ryan, Cleaview’s chief of police, because he was my favorite side character in this book.
CW: drugs and drug addition
More by Donna Grant