Cowgirl, Unexpectedly by Vicki Tharp Release Date: October 17, 2017 Publisher: Lyrical Caress Contemporary Romance/Military M/F Book #1 in the Lazy S Ranch series Number of Pages: approx. 248 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Rating: NC-17 Read 10/8/17 to 10/11/17
Another story with the woman character being the military veteran. When I read His Cowboy Heart it seemed this type of heroine was few and far between. Then I read two books with a female military hero as the main character within a week of each other.
I found myself thoroughly respecting Mac from the very beginning, but not being sure if I really liked her very much. No worries, I grew to love her. She reminded me (in her attitude) of a crusty old sailor. She has a heart of gold but you have to get her to stay in one place for more than a day to learn that. Lucky for Hank, Jenna, and the rest of the Lazy S Ranch she decides to stick around a few days since she needs the cash.
The same can be said for Hank, but in a different way. I understood what he was trying to do but didn’t know if I liked him. His past relationship with his daughter had me on guard. He definitely made some mistakes in his past. Mistakes I wasn’t quick to forgive him for…until I realized how much it tore him up inside. Plus, when we first start learning his sins, we are getting them from his teenage daughter’s point of view which is fraught with emotion.
This is really a romantic suspense. There are a lot of shady things going on at the ranch that had my mind hopping around from suspect to suspect. Once we learn about a particular person who is on the “list” I thought I had it figured out. I did in a way, but it was quite the convoluted operation and it made the climax intense!
There are so many layers to this story. We have the vet with PTSD, the cowboy with regrets, the daughter with self-worth issues, the dangerous odd events happening on the ranch, and the relationships developing and being mended among all of the players involved. On top of all of that, the love story of Hank and Mac gave me MAJOR feels. They are just so good together. I love his nickname for her, too.
Vicki Tharp is a new to me author and I am excited to see more from her in the future. She doesn’t have a huge library of published works yet, but I’ll be looking for the next book in this series for sure.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**