Cowboy’s Cherry - Alexis Adaire
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from Booksprout
What in the world are the two of us doing in bed together? Big city girl Lucia Morales's boss at the New York Tribune has to bail out of an assignment at the last minute. Since Lucia is fresh out of college and has only been on the job a few months, she's stunned when the editor agrees to let her cover the story. The problem is that the article is about old-school cattle ranches, and Lucia thinks cowboys and everything about their culture is silly and unsophisticated. So she's less than thrilled when she arrives at the Big D Ranch in Montana and is greeted by searing heat and all the smells associated with several hundred head of cattle. And then there's the ranch's owner, an alpha male cowboy with the body of a Greek god who seems to keep getting under her skin. Ricky Bascom has never been to New York City. Hell, he's never even been to Helena, and it's only a three-hour drive. So when this mouthy newspaper reporter arrives at his ranch and starts rolling her eyes at his lifestyle, his first inclination is to send her on her way with swift a kick in the saddle. Then he decides instead to give her a personal demonstration of what the Big D is all about. Maybe she'll change her mind after she's been ridden hard and put away wet. There's only one problem: This hot little pony has never been ridden by anyone before.
When I received this book as an ARC from Booksprout, the author asked us not to ‘ding it for being short’. I always do as I’m asked when reviewing an ARC. However, I do want to say it’s shortness wasn’t apparent; this was certainly not a problem, and it didn’t feel short. It felt like a full-blown novel; you really get involved in the characters and their attraction to one another. You learn enough about them to be invested in their happiness, and even though the story leaves you wanting more, it’s not in an unsatisfied way. I was apprehensive to how a HEA could happen with these two as they are from such different worlds. Lucia is from the Big Apple and loves everything that is made convenient in life by living and working in New York. Ricky is the complete opposite, lives in the middle of nowhere on a ranch often not seeing another soul for days. In the local town, everything closes at a ‘normal’ hour and Lucia is shocked by the stark comparison. She does, however, start to fall in love with more than just Ricky. Falling in love with the serenity that comes along with living on a ranch. This story was well-developed and brilliantly written. I loved the characters, and I loved how the author managed to make everything work out for the best in the end.
- Cowboy's Cherry
- Date Started
- 14th August 2019
- Date Finished
- 14th August 2019
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