Thursday, February 22, 2024

Review: Texas Cowboy Sweetheart (The Stars of Texas) by Rebecca Crowley


The land they love might tear them apart…

Josie Star knew one day she’d step into her father’s boots and take over the Lone Star Ranch, but she hadn’t expected it to happen so soon. When her father collapses, she trades her corporate desk for a dusty tractor to shoulder the legacy of generations of Jewish Texans. She’s ready to take her place in the Lone Star’s history – with a little help from Easton McKinney. The ranch foreman is her lifelong best friend – and a man for whom her feelings once ran much deeper.

The Lone Star gave Easton the stable home his upbringing lacked, but when Josie returns, the dirt beneath his boots crumbles. She broke his heart when she left – and now she’s his boss. He’ll help her find her feet, but he won’t abandon his dream of running his own ranch. Maybe her homecoming is the kickstart he needs to finally move on from the Lone Star – and from her.

When Josie uncovers troubling family secrets, she needs Easton more than ever. But can he stay knowing she’s forever out of reach?


My Review:

A great way to a new series. 

When Career driven Josie Star hears of her father’s health issues, she immediately quits her job and heads home to Texas to take over Lone Star Ranch.  Returning home isn’t as easy as Josie thought.  She will need a lot of help from Easton McKinney, the ranch foreman and Josie’s long time best friend.  But Easton has just decided it’s time for him to move on.  To complicate things more, both Josie and Easton are in love with each other, but are afraid to admit it. 

I really enjoyed this book.  The story was easy to follow and kept my attention to the very end.  The ranch life scenes were written so well, they felt real.  I could tell the author has personal ranch experience or she did a lot of research to get everything just right.  These was great chemistry between Josie and Easton.  I also liked the bond between Josie and her sisters.  The romance was off the charts once Josie and Easton finally gave in to their feelings.  I can’t wait to get the next book, in this series, in my hands to see what happens next.   

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Review: The Cowboy Charm (The Coyote Cowboys of Montana Book 4) by Sinclair Jayne


All work and no play is not how this cowboy intends to spend his day…

Former special forces soldier Ryder Lea has dedicated his life to serving others. Now honorably discharged, he’s looking to return to his cowboy roots to work as a rodeo stock contractor and travel the country he’s spent years protecting. But first, he has an obligation in Marietta, Montana to his fallen commanding officer. Surely completing a few hours of community service won’t be that challenging?

Physical therapist Edison Martin is short-staffed and underwhelmed when the tall, broad-shouldered cowboy with the ‘awe shucks’ smile swaggers into her clinic as her latest community-service volunteer. She needs trained help, not eye-candy. And Ryder reminds Edi of everything she’s lost and every man who’s done her wrong.

Bound by duty and compassionate by nature, Ryder dives into his temporary role with humor and enthusiasm. His motto: make a difference. But what will it take to get statuesque, super serious Edi to smile and remember that each day is a gift?


My Review:

An emotional and heartfelt romance.

This is an emotional workplace romance between a Former Special Forces soldier, Ryder, who has come to Marietta to fulfill his fallen leader’s wishes and a physical therapist, Edi, who is new at her new job where her aging grandmother lives at May Bell Center. 

I enjoyed seeing Ryder and Edi evolve from their prickly first encounter to discovering friendship and then love.  Being complete opposites made the story fun to read. This is a great addition to the Coyote Cowboys of Montana series.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Review: The Accidental Crush (The Fortemani Family Book 1) by Mia Heintzelman


Dante Fortemani’s family never takes his ideas seriously during business meetings, so he zones out. That is, until the agenda includes selling his late grandfather’s struggling vineyard. Desperate, he appeals to his mother and siblings, and buys himself two months to protect their legacy.

Business consultant Morgan Forster is constantly connected to anything with a digital pulse. Her friends believe she’s a stressed-out workaholic in need of an intervention: a Galentine’s Day getaway in wine country, an electronic detox, and hopefully, Mr. Right feeding her grapes.

The Fortemani Vineyard Galentine’s brunch is a smashing success for Dante. Except for the woman hiding in a corner with her phone…who’s convinced he’s an escort hired by her helpful Sister Circle. Soon, laughter, undeniable chemistry, and an unforgettable night, lead Dante to hire Morgan to help save the vineyard. She accepts under one condition: it’s strictly business.

As they tread through an inconvenient attraction to create a proposal before the next meeting, though, their focus yields to blossoming feelings. Is it a mistake for them to mix business with pleasure? Or is a chance at love worth the risk?


My Review: 

Sweet and sexy and beautifully written.

First off, what can we say about this cover?  It’s gorgeous.  Just seeing it was enough for me want to read the book.  But the blurb had me hooked for more.  Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down.  I just couldn’t get enough.  It was everything I hoped it would be and even more.  The characters, the plot, the setting; everything worked so well together to make one memorable story.  This is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to read more.