Title: Protect Me, Cowboy
Author: Shelli Stevens
Series: 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
With his competing days behind him, Wyatt Marshall has settled into ranching life in Marietta, Montana. But with the Copper Mountain Rodeo, his only exception, just around the corner, the last thing he needs is a distraction – especially one in the form of a pretty, yet vaguely familiar country singer.
For Claire Miller, it’s been almost a year since she fled Las Vegas with only her purse and the clothes on her back, and she’s been laying low in Montana with a new image. When she and her country band travel to perform in the small town of Marietta, she doesn’t plan on getting stranded there for several days. Or for an innocent offer to stay at a nearby ranch to turn out to be more than she bargained for: she recognizes its owner to be the same sexy cowboy she got hot and heavy with – then stood up – in Vegas.
With the passion flaring between them and Wyatt getting closer to putting the pieces together, Claire is ready to run again, not knowing the danger that sent her fleeing in the first place is close on her heels.
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
The 78th Copper Mountain Rodeo continues with a tale of a woman in hiding and a grumpy cowboy who thinks they’ve met before.
I liked Claire, she’s a survivor. Life hasn’t been particularly nice to her, but she knows how to pick herself up and get on with life, because that’s all she’s ever known. She has her secrets – and excellent reasons for keeping them – though I’m not entirely sure why she was so determined to hide from Wyatt when it was obvious he’d recognised her.
Then again, Wyatt’s not exactly friendly at first. In fact, he borders on hostile and I really wasn’t sure whether I’d ever like him. Luckily he does turn things around and his protective qualities turn pretty sweet by the end. Sure, he’s stubborn and bossy at times, but at least he makes Claire feel safe rather than stifled, so that’s got to be good.
Overall this was a good addition to the series, with a little antagonism, some secrets and a hint of peril. It might have been nice if the ending hadn’t been rushed quite so much and things had been given a chance to settle afterwards, but on the whole this was easy and enjoyable. I look forward to seeing whose story is up next.
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