That Cowboy of Mine
by Donna Grant
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Publisher: St. Martin’s
Number of Pages: 281
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Ages 15 and up
CW: gun violence, murder
Is he an enemy?
Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.
Or a lover?
Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the woman on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and he is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them. There is no turning back.
Another new-to-me author that is not so new to the world of romance writing. This story moved a bit slower than I would have liked, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Dillon and Cal are both wonderful characters. They have great rapport from the moment they meet, although it’s under less-than-ideal circumstances. There is someone messing with Dillon, her land, and her livestock and Cal has somehow landed himself right in middle of it all. It would seem nobody should trust Cal, but there’s just something about him that screams “trustworthy”. Not only to Dillon, but also to the reader. I found myself, from almost the very start, really hoping Cal wasn’t hiding anything shady.
There are multiple reasons these two should not give in to any romantic feelings they may have. At least until the mysterious things happing at Dillon’s ranch are figured out. Their wonderful chemistry makes that extremely hard and I found myself rooting for them to give into the pull.
Like I mentioned at the start, this story moved a bit slow. For me, there was something off with the flow. While I was invested in the outcome, I didn’t find myself unable to put the book down. I still really liked the book and will definitely be giving this author another try.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**