The Reluctant Cowboy by Kate Pearce Release Date: November 29, 2016 Publisher: Zebra Book #1 in the Morgan Ranch series <-- this is a fun link! Number of pages: 352 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 11/10/16 to 11/12/16
There is something amazing when you are reading a book by an author that is new to you and realize you are just LOVING it, and you know the author has an extensive library you can delve into. This book was just like that for me. I really didn’t want to put it down.
Sometimes when I’m reading a book about a hero with a tough outer shell, it’s obvious that he’s soft on the inside. Not so with Chase. But somehow the author didn’t make him unlikeable. Even though I couldn’t figure out if there was really the soft center I was hoping for, I could see the potential for one so it made him more mysterious than unlikeable. Of course he had his moments that I would have like to knock him upside the head, but don’t we all have those moments?
The heroine, January, is all the things I like. Sweet but not a pushover, a good listener who will speak up when needed, down to earth but up for fun. She is exactly what Chase needs.
There’s a bit of a mystery in this story but it’s not the central theme. I would in no way classify this as a suspense novel. But be warned, although this story does not have a cliff hanger there is an aspect of the history of the Morgan Ranch that goes unresolved. It in no way takes away from the main story in this book and will not leave you disappointed at the end.
One thing bothered me, and it’s really quite silly that it bugged me so much. The characters seem to like to take a shower in the morning and then again BEFORE going to do the chores. I don’t know how that makes any sense. Why would you continuously shower before mucking horse stalls and feeding chickens? I warned you that it was silly of me to be so bothered, but there you have it.
As I mentioned in the first paragraph, this book made me curious and excited to read more by Kate Pearce. I’ve looked at her library of work and see that she has everything from paranormal to western to sci-fi to historical works in her repertoire. I think this is going to be an interesting journey.