Cowboy to the Rescue
by AJ Pine
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Book #0.5 in the Meadow Valley series
Number of pages: 119
Source: Net Galley add-on*
Contemporary Romance M/F
All designer Ivy Serrano wants is a fresh start. But instead, her Meadow Valley homecoming includes an electrical fire, a trashed custom dress, and a very handsome fireman who knows how to push all her buttons. Lieutenant Carter Bowen may set off sparks of his own, but the last thing Ivy needs now is town gossip . . . or to risk loving another firefighter.New to small-town living, Carter is determined to prove himself, both at the station and at the fledgling dude ranch where he volunteers. That means no mistakes, no distractions, and definitely no Ivy. Yet there’s something about the sassy shop owner that he just can’t resist. As things heat up between them, Carter’s more certain than ever that she’s the one. But can he convince her they have a future worth fighting for?
This is one of those authors that I swear I’ve read before, yet can find no record of doing so. Her name is so familiar, probably from seeing it over an over in numerous places. But it made me think I had to have read something of hers by now. Anyway, the reason I read this particular one is because *it was included in my eARC of Sara Richardson’s First Kiss with a Cowboy. I almost skipped it seeing as I have a million other books to read, but decided to give it a go since it was short and included with a book that I loved.
Well, this little novella did its job. I’m most definitely interested in reading more by this author and about this town. I loved the chemistry between Ivy and Carter. They were both quite hesitant to get into any sort of relationship; both for different reasons, but both legitimate concerns. Yet, they couldn’t resist the pull they had toward one another.
Ivy did get me a bit upset at one point; I can’t go into the details without giving spoilers. Although, if you’re an avid and long-time romance reader you pretty much know where this story will go and what the main conflict will be. That’s not to say it’s not worth reading…of course it is! It’s Ivy’s reaction at the time that upset me after all the discussion the issue already had up to that point.
Regardless, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story and will have to look into actually reading some of this author’s other stories. For real this time, not just in my imagination.
**I received this story as a bonus story attached to another ARC courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**