Review: Claim Me, Cowboy

cover-claim me, cowboyTitle: Claim Me, Cowboy
Author: Charlene Sands
Series: Montana Born Rodeo 2015 #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: Now


When Summer Nichols inherited half of the Circle W Ranch, she didn’t know her rodeo-riding, bad boy ex-boyfriend came with the deal. But sure enough, Tyler Warren, the man who broke her heart and left her in Marietta years ago, is back and living on the ranch again, claiming he wants no trouble. He’s certainly not back to rekindle their decade ago romance.

Ty only wants what’s rightfully his, and then he’s gone, but not even family secrets and Summer’s seemingly deep betrayal can keep him from remembering the good times he had with the preacher’s sweet, beautiful daughter, once upon a time. Summer is more woman than he expected…

Will Ty seize his second chance, uncover the real truths of the past, and claim Summer’s love again?

Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley

Oh, it’s good to be back in Marietta again for another rodeo. I love this town, but my word, there’s a lot of hurt going on in this story.  Ty was the bad boy, Summer was the good girl, yet somehow the pair of them were meant to be together. Well, until Ty did what he’d been intending to do for years – leave – and Summer chose not to go with him.

Despite all the emotion flying around in this book, something about it didn’t quite work for me. And I think it all comes down to when Ty left. Summer knew he was going to leave, it had always been his plan, and although I can understand why she didn’t go with him, I can’t quite wrap my head around her marrying his best friend. Especially since Lee kept pushing her to stay while Ty was pushing her to go, and the pair of them had a massive fight over it – which led to Ty leaving.

And nothing seemed strange to her about this? She decided to marry Lee anyway? Leaving aside other issues that arise later, I think Ty would be justified in feeling a little bitter about it – and Summer has no right to feel abandoned because she knew Ty would go and she chose not to go with him.

As for her trying to get him to stay as an adult – that really irritated me. She knows all his reasons, she knows how hurt he was, but because everyone in town is suddenly being nice to him he needs to get over himself and dump the chip on his shoulder? Having had serious issues with his father growing up and having his best friend marry the love of his life isn’t cause to feel hurt? I don’t care how many years have gone by, the man is entitled to feel uncomfortable about certain things, and she has no right to belittle him. Add in her latching on to little Becca and certain things felt off to me.

I didn’t dislike this book, and I actually quite liked Summer, but it did feel like she was always the one who had to get everything she wanted, without ever giving up anything for anyone else. I also feel like Ty was justified in his anger since her loyalty always seems to come at the expense of him, regardless of how much she claims to love him. Maybe I would have liked it more if I’d liked Ty less. I really did like him and understood his reasons for the things he does, and expected more bitterness in certain areas – which I wouldn’t have blamed him for. His relationship with Becca is adorable and he’s really sweet to Summer too, which at times felt like a lot more than she deserved.

Even though this is a Marietta book, it’s not particularly involved in the town, and even the rodeo makes the briefest of appearances. So, if you’re new to this town and its various series, then you shouldn’t feel left out or adrift. If you’re an old fan, like me, you might have wished for a few more familiar names and places, but there’s still plenty of Montana cowboy action to keep you entertained. I look forward to seeing which cowboy is up next.

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