Title: Taming the Texas Cowboy
Author: Charlene Sands
Series: Forever Texan #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 27th Feb
After a disaster destroyed nearly everything Maddie Brooks owned, Trey Walker offered the petite redhead shelter at 2 Hope Ranch. A veterinarian, Maddie was smart, sexy, and good with animals… Impossible to resist, yet Trey is convinced he is cursed when it comes to women.
The temporary arrangement Maddie made with Trey was supposed to be strictly business. Easy since Maddie had tried and failed to catch the handsome cowboy’s eye for a year. She thought she was so over him…until he kissed her.
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
Previously released as the Cowboy Contract, I found this an easy cowboy read with a nice heroine and a taciturn hero, mostly kept apart by the hero’s stubborn belief in a curse – and a death bed promise to his father not to repeat the older man’s mistakes.
For the most part it was okay, but it never drew me in as much as I’d hoped. In fact, a lot of the time, I found it mildly irritating. Trey’s curse is flimsy at best and the way he pulls Maddie in closer before chasing her away – several times – was more annoying than sexy or emotional. He’s ridiculously stubborn and she’s not much better. They do have good chemistry, though, so at least their attraction made sense.
Maddie is an okay heroine, smart enough to give up on Trey when he shows no interest in her, until he changes everything between them. The way she acts around the stallion, Storm, did occasionally make me question her intelligence, but on the whole I didn’t dislike her. I wish we’d seen more of her working, especially with the animals she’s keeping at Trey’s ranch, but her caring nature comes across well.
I just wish the curse had been given more substance beyond his father and grandfather being womanisers. Especially considering his cousin. Trey seems far too down to earth and straightforward to get tangled up in something like that. It would have been far more likely if he’d just straight up admitted that he was protecting himself. The way it’s all resolved felt too quick and easy too, which didn’t help.
So this is okay. It has a sexy, brooding cowboy and a sweet, caring woman out to tame him. There’s plenty of heat between them and some interesting side characters to help move things along. If you like cowboy romances, then you should find something to enjoy here, but preferably if you like your heroes stubborn and your heroines patient enough to overlook it.
Taming the Texas Cowboy is out February 27th.
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