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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.