Cowboy’s Pride - Poppy Parkes

Reading Challenge Category: A catch-up Flirt Club book

Official Blurb:

He's made something of himself and she likes what she sees . . .
Rosalie George hasn't been back to the lakeside tourist town of Paulson, Montana, for years. She's got her reasons -- damned good ones. But this year her family wouldn't let her miss the annual cherry festival, so in an effort to appease the people who loved her so well through so much, she's back in Paulson. When the hotel drops her reservation, she finds herself at Starwood Rest, an up-and-coming luxury camping resort with actual tents and a herd of a horses -- and a hunk of an owner.
Jess Porter was a quiet beanpole of a teenager, voted least likely to succeed after high school. But he stayed in Paulson and, against all the odds, is now owner of Starwood Rest, the best damn glamping spot in the Flathead Valley -- and soon to be, he believes, in the west. He can handle anything life throws his way -- but when he learns that his high school crush, Rosalie George, is staying at Starwood, he can't shake the feelings for her that come rushing back.
She's got every reason to run from Paulson, and he can't see himself ever leaving. But when Rosalie and Jess reenter each other's orbits, they begin to question what really matters to them, and what's worth giving up for the right reasons -- and the right person.

My Thoughts:

This book started off so promising. We have a feisty woman, Rosalie, who has a career and a life she enjoys in New York. She has carved this life for herself and seems content with what she has. We then have Jess, who has also created an amazing business in Paulson, Montana. They both seem like they are people who have gotten their lives together and are doing well for themselves.
However, the book really takes a turn for the worst when Rosalie has to return to Paulson to visit relatives. She has a complete personality change, does a 180 on her life and just seems like a different person. She encounters one ridiculous disaster after another. It made the story seem implausible and merely a ruse to get her in a specific place so that she can meet Jess. When Jess is confronted with Rosalie, he is reminded of the long-standing crush he had on her at school. This turns him into a very soppy, over gushing, and no longer, strong and alluring man.
It was like I had started one book and finished on another. The end was one long gush fest from Jess about Rosalie and how his life was now going to be perfect. I actually started to get bored as he found new ways to express his gratitude for her being in his life. I rolled my eyes so many times I lost count at the cheesiness.
So I’m sorry this wasn’t an enjoyable read. Way too cringy and full of cliches.

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Cowboy's Pride
by Poppy Parkes
Date Started
7th April 2020
Date Finished
7th April 2020
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