Genre: Cowboys

One More Taste by Melissa Cutler

Posted October 16, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
One More Taste by Melissa Cutler

This book appealed to me because lately I have been missing home (Texas) and the heroine in the story is a chef, and lately I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen trying to learn new things about cooking. I didn’t realize it until I was a few chapters in, but the setting and some of the characters really seemed somewhat familiar to me, and that’s when it hit me. I read the novella for this series a while back, I think sometime last year. Once I figured that out, I was actually pretty excited to see how things were going to turn out. So Knox is basically coming back to his family’s home, but not the family home where he grew up. His father was basically pushed out of the family and all the family money that went along with that, and ended up a bitter man. After his death Know swore to himself that he would make things right. Now a very successful businessman, he is set on getting back what his father lost, which means taking over the Briscoe Ranch Resort. I have to admit I could understand where Knox was coming from. Granted he didn’t have all the facts, he didn’t know why his dad was pushed out and no one would talk about it. His Uncle Ty, for the most part was pretty welcoming, but he was kind of a jerk, he doesn’t think very much of a his daughter, and honestly […]

A Fool for You by Katee Robert

Posted September 30, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
A Fool for You by Katee Robert

I read The Marriage Contract not that long ago, and I really did love it, it was a pretty awesome book, so when this book came my way I was excited to read it. This book has second chances and a baby in the mix, which always makes for some seriously heightened emotions. This is book three in the series, but it is without a doubt a stand alone, although I think you get to see characters from the other books in this one, so that might be a plus for people who followed the series. So when the book starts we meet our heroine, Hope, who is on her way back to her home town, the first time in over a decade, going to set up a scholarship to honor her brother. There is a lot of baggage for Hope when it comes to going back home, the place where her brother died, the same accident that killed her brother also took away her ability to run and be and athlete, and left her dealing with some level of pain for the rest of her life and some serious scarring (both emotionally and physically). I liked Hope a lot, she’s made a life for herself that she could be proud of and hasn’t let the tragedy in her life stop her. I liked that she is a strong independent woman, I also liked that she didn’t try and keep the news of the baby from Danny, I mean she […]

A Love to Last by Kelsey Browning

Posted July 9, 2016 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
A Love to Last by Kelsey Browning

I had high hopes for this book, I wanted to love it. It takes place in Texas, my home, the place I still miss a whole heck of a lot. Oh and it’s about book makers, and I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good pair of cowboy boots, I mean seriously, my mom has spent more money then she cares to admit on a pair of red cowboy boots that she still shows off whenever she wears them. Unfortunately, this book did nothing for me. I came very close, several times, to not finishing, but I powered through. Honestly, this book is super kitchy, I grew up in Texas, and even in the small town I have never heard people talk the way they do in this book. It was almost like the author went out of her way to make things down home and quaint, like giving pecan pie a special name, actually every food had a folksy name. It wasn’t endearing, it was super annoying. Our main character is Delaney, who is flighty, and that might be an understatement. She comes from kind of nomad home life until she was a teenager and went to live with her aunt. It seems like none of her parents really cared about her at all, and the situation is sad, but she uses it as reasoning for self sabotaging kind of everything. She was in love with Cal way back when and left him because she got […]

Say You’ll Stay by Corrine Michaels

Posted June 23, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Say You’ll Stay by Corrine Michaels

Man I was in no way shape or form ready for the way this book started, I mean seriously, it seems like just an ordinary day in the day of a woman who could be just about anyone, and than WHAM, the unthinkable happens. I mean I was in shock. I was also really happy with how well the whole thing was written, it felt authentic, it felt painful, and it was exactly what the subject matter needed it to be. So Presley is our heroine, and man oh man, do I feel for her right from chapter one. The unthinkable happens to her, and basically her whole life blows up. I can’t imagine what it would be like going through your day thinking you have such a great life, great kids, great business, great friends, great husband, and then in an instant it all just blows away. I mean could you imagine? Picking up the disarray of her life means taking her twin boys back to where she grew up, because she had no other options. With debt piling up and basically being homeless, she had no other choice. As if dealing with what had happened wasn’t hard enough, it turns out the reason why she hadn’t returned back home was because she was avoiding a very painful memory for her, in the form of an ex, Zach. Now Zach, I liked him. I will say him and his brother Wyatt are a little bit pushy when it comes […]

Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane

Posted March 17, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane

I have been dying for a really good cowboy book, I think it’s because it’s been cold and I’ve been missing Texas and my husband and I can’t stop talking about buying horses. Whatever the reason, I was pretty excited about this book, because not only is it cowboys but it is rodeo cowboys, and I adore the rodeo, some of my best memories growing up. I thought this was an interesting concept though, the heroine used to be married to the hero’s best friend, so if that doesn’t spell out a complicated situation I don’t know what does, and I love a little drama. So the book starts out and we meet Zac, who has apparently had a thing for Delaney since the day he met her, only she went out with his friend and married him instead. Now it’s years later and she’s divorced, doesn’t seem to even want to be around Zac, and now he finds out she is looking to have a baby solo. Zac does not like the sound of that, he does not want his dream girl having a baby by herself, he wants to be the guy by her side. I liked Zac, he tries really hard to get Delaney to take him seriously, and he is constantly trying to be nice to her or do nice things for her. I’m glad he wasn’t overly pushy, but I’m glad that he also made sure that she understood where he was coming from. Delaney […]

By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

I am a big fan of military romances, especially when it well written. I spent a lot of time being a military wife, and I’ve heard the lingo and the stories enough to know when things just don’t sound right in a book (nothing drives me more nutty then when an author gets ranks wrong when its so easy to use google). I have to say I really thought the military aspects of this book were done so well. I know very little about how different hardware works, and even less about helicopters, but the author was able to explain things in a way that wasn’t so over technical that I was confused, but informative enough to where I understood; and better than that though all of the detail served the plot, it wasn’t just showing off details just for the sake of doing it. So all of that really made me happy. The thing that stuck out the most to me about this book was Kara. Our heroine is new to the unit, which is a very specialized unit that walks among the elite ranks. She is new, but very capable. She’s also after some time been put into a leadership role, so she’s calling some of the shots during missions, which can be a highly stressful and hard thing to do. I think it says a lot about her in how the people in the unit react to her, they all trust in her and believe that she’s doing […]

How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Posted January 29, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Ah cowboys, in the words of the Dixie Chicks, cowboy take me away. I love cowboys, maybe it is because I grew up in Texas and I met my husband on a farm with cows and horses, who knows, but I love em. So when this book popped up, I was ready to go. Unfortunately for me, this book just did not work for me at all. So the number one reason why this book didn’t work for me was basically the writing style. The author often used twenty words when five would have sufficed, there was more than one point in the book where I would skip five or ten pages and still know exactly what was going on, it was like it took forever for the book to progress, making the pacing feel sometimes painfully slow. Another big problem for me was that the two main characters, Lindsey and Shane both have a thought process that reminds me a lot of a ping pong ball. I mean the jump from idea to idea in there head, in one paragraph they think one thing, and in the next they have concocted some kind of conspiracy and they think something completely irrational, then of course followed by thinking something different yet again. Look I love getting an idea in a characters thought process, but honestly the way that the author writes the POVs of the characters just makes things so disjointed that it really threw me off. So as for […]

The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig

Posted July 20, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig

I really loved this book. When I picked it up to start reading it I had every intention of reading a couple of chapters and then getting some sleep. So did not work out that way, I read it in one sitting, and really enjoyed it. I love books that take place on ranches or farms, I think it’s because I’ve always wanted to end up living on a ranch with a bunch of horses in Montana. So I will point out that first off this book starts off with sadness, and throughout the course of the book this family has to deal with some serious heartache. When the book starts all of the family has returned home to bury their father, six daughters in total. I actually really loved the family aspect of this book. The relationships Harper has with her family, and also the fact that the hero in this story is also the guy who dated her sister for years. So yeah, talk about the makings for some awkward scenarios (oh and too make it worse, the sister in question seriously has some issues with Harper to begin with). So I liked Harper a lot. I honestly thought she was going to be a little bit to hippie for my liking based on some of the descriptions of her, but I really didn’t think she was all that hippie. She lives in Chicago and is basically a staving artist, but I loved that she does something she […]

The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

Posted July 12, 2015 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

I have such a hard time with novellas, and I wish I didn’t. I don’t know why but I would rather sit and read a slow paced super long novel then a really good novella, I mean there is only so much character development you can do in such a short amount of time (the exception to this of course is novellas that go along with a series). But since I really love Mandy Baxter (aka Amanda Bonilla) I went ahead and gave this one a shot, plus I love a good cowboy. So right of the bat I will tell you what I didn’t like and why I gave this a three star. It literally all comes down to length. I mean the story is so fast paced that certain things come off as unrealistic. And example of this being that it only takes less then a day for these two to open up to each other about things in their past they don’t normally talk about with anyone. It’s just hard for me to believe two people can fall into such a relationship place in like a day, fall into bed together, sure, absolutely, but relationship, not so much. Also I like a bit more angst in a book, but that’s a personal preference. Now for what I did like. The writing style as always was awesome, the whole novella is well written, and it’s why I love her as a writer (I will admit there is a […]

Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

Posted July 7, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, loved it, Review / 3 Comments
Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis

 I love this series, I loved the book just before this one, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. I have to admit in Hayley’s book I was super interested in what was going to happen with Jess and Cole, they seem to avoid acting on the attraction that they have for each other, which can only mean pent up tension and a great payoff at the end. So Jess was super interesting to me. She has more of a past then the other two women in this series, Kyla and Hayley, so in a lot of ways she was more interesting to me then the others were. She has such a hard history, her past is so sad, you can’t help but feel for the her and especially for the girl she used to be living in an impossible situation. I will say that I love her grandfather for doing the best he could, he really saved her. So while you get told Jess’s past in flashbacks throughout the book, her past is certainly not in the past, when the book starts and she is heading out for Hayley’s wedding, her past suddenly shows up in her mailbox. Cole in an interesting character. He is of course the hot cowboy that you remember from the other books in the series, but you finally get a good glimpse at him in this book. He’s dealing with a lot in his head, but he is […]