Title: Sweet Home Cowboy
Author: Marin Thomas
Series: Love at the Chocolate Shop #9
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Available: 1st June
When Marietta newcomer Elena Puente is coerced into attending a speed dating event at the popular Copper Mountain Chocolate Shop, she’s blindsided by a serious attraction to local cowboy, Wesley Banks.
Still recovering from a broken engagement, the first-grade teacher from Las Vegas isn’t looking for romance. She’s in Montana to get to know the great-grandfather she never knew existed until she found some hidden family letters. Judge Kingsley is a grouchy recluse and he’s far from welcoming, but Elena is determined to stay in town long enough to give his neglected estate on Bramble Lane a facelift.
Elena’s resolve to avoid romance is tested when she discovers Wesley is the caretaker of her grandfather’s rural property. Soon, she and the cowboy are attending more speed dating events at the chocolate shop and she’s seeking his advice on how to deal with his ornery boss. Local gossips wager the old Judge will run Elena out of town before anything serious develops between her and Wesley. But Wesley’s a determined man, too, and he’s betting Elena belongs in Marietta forever…with him.
Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
This was just as the title promised: sweet. Elena is on a mission to get to know her great-grandfather, who she’s recently discovered is alive, while Wesley is living his life, helping out teens and looking after a grumpy old man. Everyone is nice, even if some are a little bad at showing it, the chocolate shop provides a fun meeting place and the whole thing is enjoyable.
Elena is a determined woman. She might not have all the facts about her father and what happened with the judge, but that’s not about to stop her from getting to know him. I liked how she persevered, even against some stubborn, grumpy odds. I’m not entirely sure why she and Wes kept going speed dating, though. I know it kept the connection with the chocolate shop, and provided some amusing moments, but it seemed a bit daft.
I liked Wesley too. He might seem laid back and a bit aimless, but he does have plans. True, I could see from very early on where the plot was heading and I wish both he and Elena had considered certain things from the past, but they make a very cute couple.
The only thing I didn’t like was the issue of children and how that was resolved. It could have been refreshing, instead it was pointless.
Overall, though, this is cute. If you’re looking for something light and easy, give this a go. The characters are nice, the romance is sweet and the whole thing makes for an enjoyable, undemanding read.
Sweet Home Cowboy is out June 1st.
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