With each new installment of this series, I have learned to sit back and anticipate the wild and wacky fun between two feuding families, the small town life of Burnt Boot, TX, and a whole lot of cowboy romancing. For the first time, the series takes the plunge and involves a romance between a member of one of the feuding families and new-comer and cousin to the neutral party. If the Pig War from the previous book didn’t furnish some laughs, the latest antics of the Brennans and the Gallaghers will with Rhett O’Donnell and Leah Brennan smack dab in the middle.
The story opens when Leah Brennan gets her first look at the new O’Donnell cousin who has come to help the three old ladies and his cousins get their feet under them with the running of the ranches, the store and the bar. Rhett O’Donnell rides up on black motorcycle with cow horns attached to the front, long hair, and tattoo. He looks like every girl’s bad boy dream, but he is full-blooded cowboy for all that. Leah is the quiet, good girl of the Brennan clan and has never once stepped out of line, but for this cowboy, she is willing to defy even her hard as steel grandmother herself.
Rhett has no plans to get anywhere near the feud and has only come to help out his cousin Sawyer with the running of the bar and out on the ranch, but one look at sweet, lovely Leah and he’s ready to cross the neutral line. But will Leah give up even her family so she can be with a small-time cowboy like him when suddenly Tanner Gallagher her childhood crush is suddenly showing his interest?
This was a fun ranch country romp and as I’ve noted with the earlier books, not meant to be taken seriously. It builds on the stories that came before it and I enjoyed the connection to Finn and Callie and then Sawyer and Jill from the other books along with the three old ladies who make up the neutral parties. The feud is incredible and I giggled my way along as one crowd blew up a septic tank that rained down poo and then the other family retaliated also involving the noxious contents of a septic tank. Things get crazy. There is a bit of everything in this one even the mystery about Leah’s past and the tantalizing temptation Tanner Gallagher offers about ending the feud if she gets together with him.
The romance was sweet and I enjoyed watching quiet Leah stand up for what was right and best even as her formidable grandmother did quite a lot to break her away from honest, hard-working Rhett. They are cute together. Loved their sassy dialogues and fun ‘dates’. The author has a gift for the way her romantic pairs play off each other and for the charming, heartwarming simple romances.
I’m not sure what will come next in the series, but I am eager to find out. The feud has escalated one notch higher, but there is hope that maybe the feud can be put to rest.
All in all, this was fun and sassy just as I expected. It’s not deep, but it brings a smile to the face. I would recommend the book/series for those who enjoy light and fun small town contemporary western romance.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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