Series: Hometown Heroes #1
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Western
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He'll do anything to win her heart. She'll do anything to keep him away.Country star Cole Grayson is in town, and Kylie Andrews is less than thrilled. As if months of changing the radio station and tearing down his posters weren't bad enough, now she has to deal with a town of fans swarming toward the man who deceived her the year before. But when Kylie's eyes meet Coles again, she cant deny the electric chemistry that drew her to him the first time around.Cole Grayson is on a mission. Ever since Kylie left him, he hasn't been able to forget her sweet country smile. After writing a song just for her, he sets off for her hometown to prove he's not the player she thinks he is. But as much as Cole cant forget her, Kylie wonders if she can forgive him.
Fort Worth is one of my favorite places to visit, maybe because it’s the home of my mother, or maybe it’s because of the down home feel to it. When I started reading this book I had no idea what to expect, but I definitely didn’t expect to be transplanted to a place I consider my second home. The Stockyards is a magical place, especially if you are someone from Texas (like me, born and raised baby), and when Margo starts describing Jimmy’s (the local honky tonk) I can literally picture every concert I’ve ever been to at Billy Bob’s (the place I assume Margo based Jimmy’s on). Let’s just say this book held a special piece of my heart while I was reading it, so it was already starting at an advantage.
This novella is very much a second chance novella. You, as the reader, never get to experience the first go round of Kylie and Cole’s romance, that’s reserved for just the two of them. But what you do know is that Kylie felt lied to because she didn’t know the truth of Cole’s identity and she had no problem walking away. I have to say I kinda liked that about Kylie right off the bat, not a lot of women could walk away from a handsome, famous, country star. But Kylie doesn’t care about those things, and she has a history with what can happen when the press is too interested in you. Kylie is wary of this romance from the very beginning, and it’s understandable, but she’s a sweet person, with a good heart. And I liked her.
Cole is much more of a character than I was expecting. He’s a famous guy, so his life is, well, let’s call it complicated. As with anyone who is famous, if you want to walk around unencumbered these days having a disguise comes in handy, and Cole’s gets up are slightly hilarious. I like that he is persistent, but not offensively so. He’s understanding, but also willing to push when he needs to. I liked that he was protective of what he cared about. To me, he was the kind of man anyone would like.
The chemistry between the characters was pretty good, especially for a novella, which to me is harder to accomplish because you have less words to do it in. If you are looking for a quick romance, especially one that takes place in Texas, then this is definitely a book you should consider picking up.