Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm #Review

Posted January 21, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm #Review
Rebel Cowboy


Series: #1 Big Sky Cowboys
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 5, 2016
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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DNF at Chapter 3  Will return to this one later.

Montana, ranch life, a hockey player turned cowboy, and a strong woman.  Sounded superb to me!

However, I did three chapters of two people sniping at each other for no reason other than they had some preconceived notions about what the other should be and a resistance to attraction.

Normally, I give a book some more time to show me it has more.  And I will, but at the moment, I am in the mood to smack both protagonists and walk off in a huff.  Sooo, I’ll wait until I’m in a different mood to give this pair a chance to get over it since I see some real potential for a strong, engaging story with her background and his playing into it.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • It did sound superb

  • That’s too bad. I love antagonistic relationships, but sounds like maybe they started out too hard.

    • Yeah, she jumped all over him from the second he opened his door and all he did was open his door. And she kept at it all because he was a hockey player and came to Montana to fix up his family’s ranch and needed a bit of help figuring stuff out so he hired her for help. Wonder if he paid extra for the pissy attitude. 🙂

  • I’m having a similar issue with another book I am reading. The hero and heroine are sniping at each other constantly, and then the heroine just did something RIDICULOUS and immature and not something I could ever see a 32 year old ever doing. So I’m not sure I want to jump back in.

    • That’s just it. Too far and too much. I’ll wait until I have more patience, but as you say, do I even want to try? We’ll see. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    I’ll add my smack to yours Sophia Rose, good luck on your next try!

    • Thanks, Debbie! Sometimes, I’m just not in the mood for cranky people. 🙂

  • She was a trial early on. Hopefully next time it’ll go a little better for ya. 🙂

    • Yeah, I need a bit more patience and then hopefully I’ll get past the cranky parts to the good stuff.

  • Sorry you’re not enjoying this one. It sounds good though.

    • Maybe I’ll like it better when I get past the beginning. It sounded good from the blurb and I am curious to see what happens.

  • yeah, stories with this type of angst ….you have to be in a certain mood for and I have issues with heroines like that though.

    • I definitely wasn’t in the mood so I thought it best to give it some time on the shelf and try later. I was pretty irritated with her for jumping down his throat for no reason which set him off into teasing her and getting more of her reaction.

  • Aww, sorry this was a bust. I actually added this to my TBR a few weeks ago.

    • I’ve been told I stopped too soon so maybe it will be great for you if you tried it. 🙂 Anna @ HCBS loved it. She said this beginning is the hard part, but it gets better.

      I will probably give it another go when I no longer feel irritated with the heroine for being so snippy and cranky. Though, I’m not sure when that will be. 🙂

  • I hope you’ll enjoy this one more next time you pick it up! That kind of characters can really test your patience and in some moods I can’t handle that. Better to put it down then and come back to it another time.

    • Exactly. I was just getting more and more frustrated, but I could see some stuff I liked and wanted to pursue so maybe in a little while I’ll go again.