Genre: Western

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 […]

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

Posted December 18, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise by Maggie McGinnis

Another veterinary romance, throw in some Christmas spirit, and cowboys and I’m sold. I don’t know why but I’m not normally a huge fan of the widow/widower storyline, but it worked for me in this one, I think because I really liked Daniel and his two young daughters. So Hayley is in town for a wedding, but normally she lives in the big city where she takes care of the world’s most pampered pets, which it turns out isn’t really her favorite clientele. Hayley meet Daniel, who is also a vet, but a rural country vet, the kind of vet Hayley wishes she could have been. The two of them have a connection decently quick, and it turns out Hayley is able to really help Daniel out, since he’s got a lot going on in his life. But she lives far away, and he’s in the middle of a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin girls. Needless to say they have some obstacles in their relationship. I really loved that Hayley takes so well to Daniel’s daughter. You could tell how much she wanted them to like her, and she tries so hard to make sure that they do like her and she does right by them. She’s just genuinely a nice girl. I loved some of the scenes she and Daniel have together with animals, when she’s helping him out. I thought that the two of them got some of there best get to know you talks […]

The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Posted December 8, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Mistletoe Effect by Melissa Cutler

Christmas in my home state, Texas, woo hoo. I grew up my whole life hearing the phrase “hill country” and I could easily see there being a resort in the hill country similar to the one in this book. For me it gave the whole setting a realistic feel for me, and made me feel like I was back at home. There are a lot of books that take place at Christmas, but really the story could have taken place during any time of the year, this is one of the books that I think wouldn’t work in any other time other than Christmas time. So catalyst for this whole book is that our heroine, Carina, is the part of the family that owns the Texas Hill Country Resort, which is known for having divorce free weddings during the first twenty-five days in December. It’s a huge draw for the hotel, So when Carina’s sister is suppose to be getting married during the whole promotional time, and then runs out on the ceremony, Carina does the only thing she can in order to keep PR up, she enters into a sham marriage with the hottest cowboy who works on the ranch, James. I’m not sure how I felt about the whole sham marriage thing, because I couldn’t believe how ready and willing Carina’s family was to go along with the whole thing, but once I understood more of the characters motives, it worked out for me. I really liked Carina, […]

A Rancher for Christmas by Brenda Minton

Posted December 6, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
A Rancher for Christmas by Brenda Minton

So the synopsis of this book is really what drew me in, it reminded me of that movie with Katherine Heigl, when her best friends die and suddenly her and their other friend are taking care of their orphaned child and living in their house. That movie always makes me cry, and I love it, I don’t care what anyone says. So it was a no brainer for me to pick up this book. I have to say it was equal parts sweet and sad. So Breezy has a brother, Lawton, who she just found out about, and then right after she meet him and starts to get to know him, him and his wife die, leaving her and Jake (her brother’s brother-in-law) as joint guardians of his twin daughters. Breezy has lived a seriously hard life, sometimes even on the streets, nothing has been easy for her. And staying in one place, well it’s not something she has ever done in her life. But I think she’s always been longing for a family of her own, and when it comes time for her to step up for her nieces, she doesn’t hesitate, she’s staying whether Jake likes it or not. I really liked Breezy. I loved that she was independent, and in some ways hard from her life, but she’s also someone who is kind and giving, and not afraid to show emotion. Even though being a sudden parent is hard, she didn’t give up, and I love that […]