Sunday, July 8, 2018

Reviews - Cowboy on My Mind and Rocky Mountain Cowboy

Cowboy on My Mind by R.C. Ryan
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Date Read: June 26, 2018
Source: Publisher
★★★☆☆
A heartwarming western romance about a cowboy who gets a second chance with the first love he couldn't forget in the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains. . .

Don't miss this special 2-in-1 edition that includes a bonus western romance novella by Sara Richardson!

Once a bad boy...
Ben Monroe was the ultimate bad boy-and everyone in Haller Creek knew it. But now as a sheriff's deputy, Ben spends his time breaking up bar fights rather than starting them, and staying away from trouble...until Becca Henderson comes back into town. She's just as beautiful as Ben remembers-and just as far out of his reach.

Coming home is exactly what Becca Henderson needed. A place of her own, a successful new business, and a chance to reconnect with the sexy cowboy she had a crush on in school. Ben has always blazed his own path and never let anyone stand in his way. It excites-and scares-her. But when an unexpected threat surfaces, Becca will see just how far Ben will go to protect the woman he loves-and fight for their chance at forever.
My Review

I liked this story even if I didn't fall in love with it.  I decided to give this book a try since it was the start of a new series and an author that is new to me.  I really liked the sound of the book and found it to be an enjoyable read overall.  This was a fairly quick read that I am glad I took a chance on.

This book started out really strong for me.  I loved that the book started with Ben was just a boy and first crossed paths with Mac who would eventually become his family.  Ben's brothers, Mac, and the other men on the ranch were definitely high points of the story for me and I was pleased that they played a large role in the story.  Ben's past is important to this story because it really shaped his view of the world and how others perceive him.

Becca has just moved back to town after finishing college.  Becca's parents would like her to stay with them in town but she decides to get her own place instead.  Her father really would like to control most of the aspects of Becca's life and does his best to do just that.  Her father does not like Ben at all and makes no secret of it.

I liked Ben and Becca.  They were both really nice with each other and I did like how Ben wanted to protect Becca.  These two do some pretty big obstacles to deal with between the shooter that seems to be following Becca and Becca's father.  The romance definitely had a sweeter feel to it but I think that it worked well for this story even though I have to admit that I would have liked to see just a bit more chemistry between the characters.

I would recommend this book to others.  It was a nice romance with enough mystery to keep things really interesting.  I am looking forward to watching Ben's brothers find their happily ever after in future books.

I received a review copy of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing).

Also included in the special 2-in-1 edition:

Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Sara Richardson
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
Date Read: June 29, 2018
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
FALLING FAST, FALLING HARD
Everyone wants a piece of Jaden Alexander. Ever since the famous "Snowboarding Cowboy" took a near-fatal spill on live television, he's been hounded by the media. Every reporter in the country wants an exclusive interview with the chiseled Olympic heartthrob. But only one of them has the easygoing charm-and breathtaking beauty-to knock Jaden off balance . . .

Kate Livingston isn't looking for a scoop. As senior editor for Adrenaline Junkie magazine, she's testing out camping gear on the Colorado Trail when Jaden's rescue dog Bella seeks refuge in her tent. Before she knows it, Kate is face to face with the world's sexiest snow-riding cowboy-and the biggest opportunity of her career. But getting close to Jaden isn't just about her job, and for the first time ever Kate has no idea how this story will end.
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My Review

I had a great time with this little story.  I have never read anything by Sara Richardson so I had no idea what to think when I started reading this story.  I really enjoyed this novella length piece and was able to read it in a single sitting.  This novella was included in the special edition book that also includes Cowboy on My Mind and I am glad that I decided not to skip this one.

I liked Kate and Jaden immediately.  Kate has finally landed a writing job even though it isn't exactly the job she wanted. Jaden is back in town and trying to deal with an accident that has stalled his snowboarding career.  Kate knows that if she can get an exclusive interview with Jaden it would do a lot for her career but once she gets close to him she finds that she may want something else.

These two were great together and I loved watching them open up to each other.  I thought that there were some really great romantic moments in this story and I loved the chemistry between the pair.  Even though this was a shorter piece, I never felt like this relationship was rushed because they spent a lot of time getting to know each other before feeling really came into play.

I would recommend this story to others.  I had a fantastic time watching this pair find their happily ever after and really enjoyed the supporting cast of characters.  I will definitely be reading more from Sara Richardson very soon!

I received a review copy of this book from Forever Yours (Grand Central Publishing).
About the Authors

R.C. Ryan - Author of Cowboy on My Mind
New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan has written more than ninety novels, both contemporary and historical. Quite an accomplishment for someone who, after her fifth child started school, gave herself the gift of an hour a day to follow her dream to become a writer.

In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ms. Ryan has given dozens of radio, television, and print interviews across the country and Canada, and has been quoted in such diverse publications as the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan. She has also appeared on CNN News, and Good Morning America.

R.C. Ryan is a pseudonym of New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan.

R.C Ryan / Ruth Ryan Langan's Links: Website | Facebook 

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Sara Richardson - Author of Rocky Mountain Cowboy
Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado's rugged mountains. She's climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons.

Sara Richardson's Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

14 comments:

  1. Oo la la! I think the pair of them would be good. I've not tried either of their books, either.

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    1. It was a pretty nice pairing, Sophia Rose!

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  2. Discovering a new author is super fun! And quick reads in the summer are the best.

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    1. I am always on the lookout for new authors to follow!

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  3. I can understand wanting more chemistry there

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  4. Cowboy on my Mind sounds like a book I might like.

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  5. More cowboys for the money, woooot

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    1. It was nice getting the bonus novella!

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  6. Oh these sound like good ones! Sound like great summer reads. Great reviews!

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  7. I haven't heard of either author but this sounds like such a great duo of novellas. I love the sweet reads even if I'm not necessarily blown away.

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    1. Cowboy on My Mind is actually a short book and Rocky Mountain Cowboy was a bonus at the back of the book. They were both nice reads.

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