The Courage of a Cowboy By Kristin Vayden Release Date: April 17, 2018 Publisher: Lyrical Caress Book #2 in the Elk Heights Ranch series Number of pages: 188 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Contemporary Romance/Western M/F Rating: R Read 3/30/18 to 3/31/18
There is often I fear I have when I thoroughly enjoy a book by a new-to-me author that the next book I read by them will disappoint. I loved the first book in this series, Heart of a Cowboy, and it was the first book I had read by this author. Well, she exceeded my expectations with this one. I had no need to worry.
Kessed is such a sassy-pants, but Jasper can give as good as he gets. Their word sparring is fun and seems light, but it really lets us see the true nature of both of their characters. They’re both very loyal friends and, although they’ve been handed circumstances that go above and beyond friendship, they don’t complain. They do what needs to be done. Sure, Kessed has some mixed feelings when it comes to Jasper and Sterling. The thing is, she is torn because she’s a good person. From the very beginning she tries to really take a look at herself and make sure she’s doing the right thing and not being reactionary.
I’m sure in the long run I will learn to love Sterling. In this story though, I’m not a fan. I don’t outright hate the guy, but I think he was being selfish there for a while. I guess being a war hero gives him some leeway in that department. Yet I feel he not only put Kessed in a weird position but could have potentially made things awkward for his sister.
I particularly appreciated the author delving a bit into Kessed’s job and why she does what she does. I’m a huge believer in trying to find a job (or career) where you’ll be happy. Be it the location, the work, the coworkers, whatever. That’s not always possible, but while you’re young and single why not stay away from a job or a place that will bring you down instead of lift you up?
There is not a lot of cat and mouse in this story and I like that. Jasper made it known that he wasn’t going to pressure Kessed and the ball was in her court. Instead of playing coy as her thoughts on the matter changed, Kessed took the bull by the horn and did what needed to be done. I loved it!
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**