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ARC Review: That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant

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Thank you St. Martin’s Paperbacks and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! That Cowboy of Mine releases April 26, 2022.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Is he an enemy?

Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.

Or a lover?

Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the person on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and Cal is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them and there is no turning back.

 

REVIEW: Donna Grant outdid herself creating such a captivating mystery with a nice spicy layer of romance on top. The suspense was real! Who to trust was the big question that plagued the entire novel in all the right ways.

Dillion never expected to find home on her late aunt’s ranch nor did she expect to inherit the ranch. Ranching may be considered a man’s world but Dillion is determined to not let “accidents” or a greedy neighbor stop her from keeping the ranch afloat forever. Her determination makes you sit up and take notice. Her loyalty to home and family is endearing. I wanted so much for her to succeed (and maybe find love in the arms of a kind-hearted cowboy).

Love at first gunpoint? Odd but it adds to the overall conundrum since even Cal has no clue how he ended up blacked out drunk on the ranch.

Beforehand, Cal was still feeling down about not qualifying at the rodeo. He begins to find a new purpose in protecting Dillion from unknown dangers and possibly exploring the attraction between them. Cal is a sincere and honorable man. His protective instincts kick in after someone tries to kill Dillion. BUT since even he doesn’t know how he ended up on the farm and considering his surprise connection to Dillion’s situation, it’s understandably difficult for Dillion to trust Cal.

I like that we get Dillion’s, Cal’s, and the bad guy(s) pov! I loved the way Grant wove the plot and built up the tension between all of the characters and the romance between Cal and Dillion. The scene at the town dance? So many feelings! And the twists later on? Did not see coming (though I should have)!

I really enjoyed That Cowboy of Mine from the start to its thrilling conclusion.


More by Donna Grant

Heart of Texas
A Cowboy Like You (#4)
Looking For A Cowboy (#5)
A Cowboy Kind of Love (#6)

Reaper
Dark Alpha’s Awakening (#7)
Dark Alpha’s Redemption (#8)
Dark Alpha’s Temptation (#9)

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

Home for a Christmas Cowboy


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ARC Review: Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Kittredge Ranch #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: He doesn’t believe in love…

Traveling nurse Janie Atwood has come to Cold River to uncover old family secrets and maybe, if she’s lucky, find a new home. That the gorgeous, glowering sheriff next door thinks her caring for his elderly neighbor is a nefarious scheme is a bonus. Having never been anything but a good girl, Janie finds Zack Kittredge’s simmering suspicion an excellent reason to try being a little dangerous instead…

She doesn’t believe in squandering it…

Sheriff Zack Kittredge is okay with being… intense. He takes his loner status as seriously as he takes his responsibilities to protect Cold River. And he thinks cheerful Janie might be a threat to the town. But the more he gets to know her, the more he faces the truth—she’s brighter than sunshine and he’s like a moth to her flame. When Janie suggests he could use a few charm school lessons, he surprises them both by accepting. He doesn’t need help. But it’s clear he might need her…

Because the only thing hotter than the summer sun in the Rockies is the forbidden passion that burns between them…

 

REVIEW: Families are complicated. I loved how the author juxtaposed different family dynamics and relationships within in all its messy, beautiful, loving and sometimes painful ways.

Zack lives a carefully built life as a loner after leaving his family’s ranch to get away from his father. While he may seem content with his life in the town and with the family he loves, it’s clear the burdens of the past and a deeply guarded secret still weigh heavily upon him. Janie moving next door disrupts Zack’s world. He’s immediately suspicious of her and her peculiar interest in Cold River’s history, suspicions that surely explain his unusual feelings for her. I loved seeing Zack slowly loosen up and relax some and see things from a different point of view.

Janie is a complete opposite to the gruff cowboy sheriff. She’s delightful, funny, but adorably clumsy when it comes to Zack. Accidentally tripping and spilling her coffee on Zack is the best worst thing to ever happen to her. I liked how the story basically starts off with this rather cute moment as Janie laments lustfully about Zack in her head. And I love how she plays into Zack’s belief that she’s up to no good. I was pleasantly surprised as we learned what brought Janie to Cold River because it contrasted so well with Zack’s story.

All the family histories uncovered were interesting, heartbreaking, and exquisitely interwoven. Love is a profound, complicated matter in this story/series. Understanding it all and how individuals expressed their love made for a captivating read.

Crews really outdid herself with Summer Nights with a Cowboy. I really enjoyed Janie and Zack’s passionate story.


More by Caitlin Crews

Kittredge Ranch
Secret Nights With A Cowboy (#1)
All Night Long with a Cowboy (#2)


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ARC Review: Home for a Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Home for a Cowboy Christmas is set to be published October 26, 2021.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Tis the season—for everyone except Emmy Garrett. She’s on the run after witnessing a crime. But when it becomes clear that trouble will continue following her, the US Marshal in charge takes her somewhere no one will think to look–Montana. Not only is Emmy in a new place for her protection, but now, she’s stuck with a handsome cowboy as her bodyguard…and she wants to do more than kiss him under the mistletoe.

Dwight Reynolds left behind his old career, but it’s still in his blood. When an old friend calls in a favor, Dwight opens his home to a woman on the run. He tries to keep his distance, but there’s something about Emmy he can’t resist. She stokes his passion and turns his cold nights into warm ones. When danger shows up looking for Emmy, Dwight risks everything to keep her safe.

 

My Review: Home for a Cowboy Christmas was an enjoyable, fast-paced, sugary-sweet, suspenseful, and thrilling contemporary romance.

After witnessing a murder and nearly being killed while in the witness protection program, Emmy Garrett now finds herself hiding and in the care of ranch owner Dwight Reynolds. On the one hand, someone wants her dead so she can’t testify. She isn’t trying to get her hopes up that she’ll live long enough to do so. Meanwhile, she’s also dealing with PTSD symptoms. On the other hand, both Emmy and Dwight find themselves unexpectedly drawn to each other.

It’s brave of Emmy to want to testify at all despite how turbulent her experience has been so far in the witness protection program. She tries her best to keep calm and carry on, but every once in a while feels intense fear and anxiety. That is strength to admire. Luckily, Emmy is able to find safety and comfort in Dwight and his adorable and intelligent dog, Sam.

Having served in the military, the FBI, and Homeland Security, Dwight knows what he’s up against, is very capable of handling whoever after Emmy, and can empathize with the mental trauma she is going through. He’s so protective of and smitten with her from the start that I’m surprised with how long it took them to share their first kiss. Although Emmy too struggles not to get too close or attached since staying with Dwight is temporary, his kindness and patience allowed her to process things at her own pace, which was very helpful. I also like how close Dwight is with his sister, Victoria, and his ranch employees.

The story progressed quickly but not much so that it felt like something was missing or incomplete. Every moment counted and connected. There was an abundance of action, humor, and tenderness. The climax was absorbing, oh my goodness! I had no idea what to expect. Things tied up nicely in the end, but I was sad that the story was over.

Home for a Cowboy Christmas was a great romance read and just another reason why I love Donna Grant’s books.


More by Donna Grant

Heart of Texas
A Cowboy Like You (#4)
Looking For A Cowboy (#5)
A Cowboy Kind of Love (#6)

Reaper
Dark Alpha’s Awakening (#7)
Dark Alpha’s Redemption (#8)
Dark Alpha’s Temptation (#9)

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

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#PubDayTuesday: “All Night Long with a Cowboy” by Caitlin Crews

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“How Harriet and Jensen come to be together made this book a 5-star read for me. The growth of their relationship and as individuals was enthralling. The story wrapped up nicely with a big beautiful bow. Loved it!” (read full review)

 

ABOUT: If you play with fire…

One of the most notorious cowboys in Cold River, Jensen Kittredge always has willing women with sweet smiles vying for a place in his bed. So when the prissy high school librarian sidles up to him in the most disreputable bar in town with a scowl on her face, he has no idea what to make of it. Much less the attraction he feels toward the bespectacled creature who wants something from him… but not that. Yet.

Someone gets burned…

Harriett Barnett doesn’t care for dens of iniquity— or the insolent cowboy she certainly shouldn’t find attractive. But one of her students needs her help, and if she needs to corral the infamous Jensen to save him, she will. Trouble is, the town’s favorite Kittredge brother is a lot more than she bargained for. Harriett’s happy little life is orderly and neat, just how she likes it—until Jensen blows it all apart with his particular brand of addictive passion. Can a modern-day schoolmarm really tame the wildest cowboy in town? Or is Harriet headed for a terrible fall?


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ARC Review: All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! All Night Long with a Cowboy releases August 24, 2021.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Kittredge Ranch #2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: If you play with fire…

One of the most notorious cowboys in Cold River, Jensen Kittredge always has willing women with sweet smiles vying for a place in his bed. So when the prissy high school librarian sidles up to him in the most disreputable bar in town with a scowl on her face, he has no idea what to make of it. Much less the attraction he feels toward the bespectacled creature who wants something from him… but not that. Yet.

Someone gets burned…

Harriett Barnett doesn’t care for dens of iniquity— or the insolent cowboy she certainly shouldn’t find attractive. But one of her students needs her help, and if she needs to corral the infamous Jensen to save him, she will. Trouble is, the town’s favorite Kittredge brother is a lot more than she bargained for. Harriett’s happy little life is orderly and neat, just how she likes it—until Jensen blows it all apart with his particular brand of addictive passion. Can a modern-day schoolmarm really tame the wildest cowboy in town? Or is Harriet headed for a terrible fall?

 

My Review: All Night Long with a Cowboy was an amazing story of perception versus reality, self-worth, and letting go of the past.

Harriet is a breath of fresh air who loves reading, learning and cats. Deemed odd by societal standards of “normal,” Harriet has struggled all her life with being on par with her peers until one day she decided that it wasn’t worth it (or practical). For instance, her choice of attire is often scrutinized as geriatric for someone her age, but Harriet dresses for comfort, not appearances. She’s a practical woman who grew up having a lot of freedom and independence (as long as she could make a sound argument to her academia parents).

And then there’s Jensen, the second eldest Kittredge son who is known for being popular, fun-loving, and easy-going. He loves horses, ranching and the company of women (kept strictly at arms length!). But there’s more to Jensen than he publicly allows to be seen. He’s spent years crafting and perfecting a persona until it’s become second nature. Low expectations, high reward. The actual reason for his persona was very surprising.

In the small town of Cold River, Colorado, people have assumptions about certain characters that don’t come close to the depth of who they are as a person. Harriet is seen as undesirable or someone to feel sorry for because of the way she thinks, speaks and dresses. Jensen is a clown and kind of a heartbreaker who’s been with a lot of women and isn’t serious. A secondary character, Aidan Hall, is a teenager genetically destined to be a delinquent because of the disreputable family he was born into. I understood but disliked the town’s blanket assumptions about members of the Hall family because it traps kids like Aidan in a vicious cycle of expected bad behavior.

Harriet and Jensen are my new favorite fictional couple. I loved their unexpected attraction and the progression of their relationship. It was sweet and slow building blocks, a connection on a far deeper level than just sexual intimacy. Harriet’s frankness breaks through his carefully constructed persona. Right away, she sees him for him and not what he’s typically perceived as. Likewise, Jensen makes Harriet consider things she thought she’d long ago set aside as unnecessary or not for her. They both had to reexamine their own self-worth and decide if what they truly want is worth the risk of getting hurt or even if they’re deserving of a happily ever after at all.

How Harriet and Jensen come to be together made this book a 5-star read for me. The growth of their relationship and as individuals was enthralling. The story wrapped up nicely with a big beautiful bow. Loved it!


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Kittredge Ranch
Secret Nights with a Cowboy (#1)

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ARC Review: Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh


Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Her Renegade Cowboy goes on sale September 28, 2021.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Moving Violations #3
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: He will risk his life…

The oh-so-proper school teacher, Lily Donovan has learned, the hard way, that men are not to be trusted. Period. Until Levi Roberts, the new cowboy working at her cousin’s ranch, tempts her carefully-built resolve and awakens an all-consuming passion she thought lay dormant. But when she discovers his deadly secret, and her own secrets come to light, Lily unwittingly joins the lethal cat and mouse race between Levi and the man he’s been hunting for weeks.

To save her heart…

Former Ranger Levi Roberts has seen his fair share of deadly trouble during his years as a tough-as-nails operative. The ultimate expert in undercover investigations, he’s been tasked to find a man with a dangerous agenda in town. Routine work has been boring…until he runs into Lily, the prickly school teacher who tempts him like no other. Getting under her skin has been deliciously satisfying for his red-hot desire, but when Lily lands in the hands of the very man he’s been investigating, Levi will have to fight with every ounce of his heart and soul to save her—and to heal the heart he broke.

 

CW: abuse relationship and trauma (see end of post for 24/7 resources)

My Review: I really enjoyed Her Renegade Cowboy. It was intense, steamy, and had a great plot.

Lily is a spitfire who doesn’t trust men, especially after the trauma she endured over a year ago. Ever since she’s been secretly struggling to reclaim who she used to be. Her plans are somewhat thrown for a loop by her attraction to Levi. I like Lily’s personality and how close she is with her family, especially with her sister. She’s a tough cookie but has a soft, loving side and quick wit.

Levi is dedicated to his job, tasked with secretly protecting Lily as a new hire on her cousin’s ranch while at the same time hunting a fugitive. His fierce desire for Lily grows exponentially throughout the story, so much that he can’t seem to stay away. I liked Levi too but he really overstepped between his job and his pursuit of Lily. He’s definitely perfect for her and their romance is raging hot. But the truth was withheld for far too long because communication is key. I increasingly worried about how Lily would react just because of all she’s experienced and all she’s done to move on with her life.

There was never a dull moment that I flew through this book. Her Renegade Cowboy is a real page-turner. I liked how much Lily and Levi grew throughout. Lora Leigh really knows how to write a captivating and steamy romance. An enjoyable and satisfying read.


More by Lora Leigh

Moving Violations
Strong, Silent Cowboy (#2) – with Veronica Chadwick


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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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ARC Review: A Cowboy Kind of Love by Donna Grant

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.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Heart of Texas #6
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
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

Heart of Texas
A Cowboy Like You (#4)
Looking For A Cowboy (#5)

Reaper
Dark Alpha’s Awakening (#7)
Dark Alpha’s Redemption (#8)
Dark Alpha’s Temptation (#9)

Dark Kings
Fever (#16)
Flame (#17)

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ARC Review: Strong, Silent Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Strong, Silent Cowboy goes on sale March 9, 2021.

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Thriller
Series: Moving Violations #2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Likely/Depends

ABOUT: He Will Do Anything…

Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.

To Keep Her Safe…

Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night…all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.

 

Content Warning: Mature readers only (18+). Explicit sexual language and scenes. Possessive alpha males.

My Review: Strong, Silent Cowboy is a thrilling story and red-hot romance that is off the charts.

Jacob is a possessive alpha male. He is strong, yes, as a former CIA agent. But silent? Not really, especially where Sallie is concerned. Jacob is confident that Sallie is his woman, his one and only. But he doesn’t understand her reluctance towards being with him, what she’s hiding, or why she haunts his dreams.

Sallie too can’t resist the undeniable, physical attraction between them even as it pains her because he doesn’t remember their passionate weekend together. Add the fact that she’s been on the run for years and Sallie is just lost, longing for a day she can stop running, stop looking over her shoulders, living in fear, and be with the man who has stolen her heart. She wants to have a normal life and plant roots somewhere.

The authors do a good job balancing the danger, drama, and intense romance. I was on the edge of my seat when Sallie’s past started catching up to her. I liked the mystery surrounding what happened after Jacob left Sallie and why Sallie has been on the run.

Jacob’s possessiveness was somewhat unlikable – just too much in my opinion. I didn’t like some of the disconcerting/unacceptable things he said and did to Sallie, primarily in (about) the second half of the story.

After so much build up of tension and revelations, the ending was sadly disappointing. It felt incomplete and abrupt. I think the book needed more pages for a much more fuller conclusion.

But overall I did like the story and was drawn by the elements of mystery that kept me guessing throughout the entire book.

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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)