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Book Review: Cowboy Dragon by Terry Bolryder

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Cowboy Romance
Series: Texas Dragons #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
Recommend to Others?: Unsure

ABOUT: Save a horse, ride a dragon…

Marian West has nothing left to her name but her car (which is currently broken down), an old coin in her pocket, and the legend of a man named Harrison, who she’s currently looking for. But instead of finding the last person that can help her, she gets a pack of hungry coyotes instead. By either good or bad luck, she’s rescued by a tall, gorgeous stranger with eyes bluer than a Texas sky. His dominant presence is matched only by the mystery that surrounds him and his sprawling, rugged land.

Harrison didn’t expect to find the curvy, stubborn woman so interesting. After saving her from coyotes and more, the experienced cowboy boss of Dragonclaw Ranch knows he owes Marian for a favor her father did for him a long time ago. But his dragon says “mate” every time he looks at her, and even though he’s going to help the determined woman, it will be difficult to keep the monster inside him from wanting to make her his own.

Marian thinks Harrison is avoiding her. And she would be right. But the growly, hot cowboy with a shockingly kind heart is making all her senses come alive. Unexpected kisses lead quickly to scorching nights beneath the full Texas moon. Danger and secrets lurk around every corner, but anything that threatens a Texas dragon’s mate will quickly learn that everything is bigger in Texas. Even a dragon’s love.


My Review: Cowboy Dragon wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. This story had so much potential but fell flat in a few areas.

A cowboy that is also a shapeshifting dragon? Yes, please! That idea alone was enough for me to forgo my tbr and instantly read it.

I like everyone at Dragonclaw Ranch who are all shifters living a peaceful, secluded life. Each has a distinct, endearing personality and you can tell how family-like they’ve become even if they don’t say so aloud.

Marian is a strong individual who isn’t afraid of hard work to earn her keep. She has persevered over all the challenges life has thrown at her. So she fit in well with this particular group of cowboy shifters and ranch life.

Harrison is the gruffest Alpha male who was swoon-worthy at times but kind of stubborn/whiny at other times. The latter mostly due to his not-totally unwarranted prejudice against humans.

Harrison’s relationship with Marian ran an off balanced hot and cold. Scorching and intense but underwhelming. There wasn’t much groundwork for their romance to develop fully from.

The silent and deadly Dallas (a tiger shifter) was the most appealing character to me. I wish he wasn’t such a far background character because he had much to offer besides a trustworthy opinion.

All of the conflicts needed more time and pages to be fleshed out. The payoffs were unsatisfying and had no real effect on the story. There were too many holes, things left unfinished or pointlessly brought up that left me with more questions than answers. But one part I enjoyed most was the movie night.

Cowboy Dragon was an okay read but I don’t think I’ll continue this series. BUT I would consider reading Dalla’s story.

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