This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever
Released on September 15, 2918
Not everything has to be overly difficult and loaded with angst. Every day life for this latest down home country cowboy romance pair delivers enough conflict and fun over the holidays to keep me happy to be curled up under my blanket with cocoa and a fictional trip back to Longhorn Canyon ranch.
Cowboy Honor is book two in the Longhorn Canyon series. Levi and the surrounding cast of characters were introduced in book one and it builds nicely on Cowboy Bold, but, in a pinch, I think a reader can do fine with Cowboy Honor as a standalone (but don’t, you’ll miss out).
The story opens with Levi running out of gas out near the cabin on the ranch’s property and needing a place to shelter since there is a blizzard on in that part of northern Texas. He encounters a small pistol packing Claire and her sassy four year old niece Zaylie. His gentle and kind help have Claire packing away her pistol and suddenly experiencing life like she has never known. For once, she doesn’t have to be responsible for everything and she’s surrounded by folk her treat her like a friend and part of the family. Levi has never felt this way about a woman and isn’t sure he has enough to offer to make her stay. Holidays on the ranch have a way of bringing a cowboy and lady together.
At this point in my long-time love affair with this author’s books, I have no idea what more I can say. I’ve adored, swooned, laughed, and gushed about nearly every book I read. She writes more than one style story, but at the heart of her cowboy romance is country charm, daily life, family, neighbors, togetherness, laughter, sass and sizzle. There are troubles, but they are organic to the people and their situation.
Levi already charmed me when I encountered him in Cowboy Bold. He’s the best friend of the two men, Cade and Justin, who own the ranch and he’s the foreman in his adoptive dad’s footsteps. Levi knows he belongs and he’s right where he wants to be. He was content until he meets Claire. Suddenly he starts wondering if he’s enough. She intimidates him because she has a successful business and has her life under tight control as a woman who grew up as a military brat and with moving about and never dropping roots, control of what she can is all she’s had. Everyone treated her like the old reliable and she is, but for the first time, she’s experiencing the opportunity to be one of a team and have a support group so she doesn’t have to go it alone.
It wouldn’t be any fun at all without little sassy kids, college football rivalries, and cute animals along with hilarious ‘tell em like they see it’ older ladies like Claire’s neighbor and friend, Franny, and Levi’s mom, Mavis. Oh, and loved the ongoing story of Cade and Retta and wonder about Justin’s story next.
There is a Katie Lane novella attached to this story, but I chose not to read it for now. I love her books so its a when and not if and I have no doubt I’ll have a really good time.
I had all my usual fond reactions and envy Claire having Levi, but I think that about most of the author’s cowboys. If you want some down-home country sass and fun with a whole lot of family and cowboy romancing, give this book/series a go.
My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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