I received this book for free from NetGalley, Personal Collection in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson
Series: Rocky Mountain Riders #1
Published by Forever
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: eARC, eBook
Read in: January 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: NetGalley, Personal Collection
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NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A COWBOY
Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.
Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . . - via GoodReads
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.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 GoodReads