I picked up Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson because I’m trying to keep my Netgalley ratio as close to 100% as possible. That includes going through my backlist of review titles. What I found was a sweet contemporary romance. Don’t let that fool you though! Richardson could spike the heat in this story with no warning whatsoever!
I enjoyed Hometown Cowboy. I started it on my commute between states and set it aside for awhile. It really took some time to get going for me. I liked Jessa enough but there were just times when I would roll my eyes at her a bit. I can’t really describe it. She certainly wasn’t “too stupid to live” but she was just a little less together than I typically like to see heroines. I think part of that is that she wanted someone…..anyone really to love her and give her a happily ever after. The bar was kind of low for candidacy.
Then there is Lance. He embodies everything a “typical cowboy” is which is to say dumb as a fence post when it comes to pesky things like emotions. For the most part I found this to be tolerable. I liked Lance enough but to be completely honest I felt like he didn’t have much of a personality or story. I had to look up his name to write this review and I finished the book only a few days ago. Now Lucas (Lance’s brother)…..he’s a different story. I’m actually kind of excited for his book.
The shining star in Hometown Cowboy for me was Luis. I apparently have a thing for lonely old men. Nothing will zing my heart faster and I have no idea why. None. It’s weird, I know. There were a few other secondary characters that I enjoyed and I am looking forward to seeing them in future books.
There are some things that Richardson addresses in Hometown Cowboy and I can’t really go into it with much detail without spoiling the two biggest plot points. What I will say is that I felt they were dealt with without much fanfare. I found that to be anti-climatic. The story builds up these two pseudo-mysteries and then when they are discussed it just seemed so blasé.
In the end Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson was a sweet contemporary romance. I enjoyed it but the only reason I’m really going to continue the series is because I’m curious about the remainder of the brothers.
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