Review: The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas

Posted March 2, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

Review: The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Leigh Greenwood, Rosanne Bittner, Linda Broday, Margaret Brownley, Anna Schmidt, and Amy Sandas
The Cowboy Who Came Calling

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Series: Texas Heroes #2
Genres: Historical Romance, Western Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on February 6, 2018
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

After enjoying Knight on the Texas Plains where I first encountered the McClain brothers.  I was eager to come back for Luke McClain’s story and, whew boy, was it something.

Review

The Cowboy Who Came Calling is the second book in the Texas Heroes series.  I enjoyed this one as a follow-up on book one, but it could easily be read standalone.

The book takes place at least several months and maybe over a year after Knight On the Texas Plains.  It jumps in at a new location and with the heroine, Glory Day’s side of things.  Glory, her mother, and her sisters are nearly destitute after her father gets put into prison for something he didn’t do and the area is experiencing a drought.  The town treats her and her family like pariahs, she’s losing her eyesight, and she’s nearly lost hope.  All she has left is her pride.  Enter stage right: hero, Luke McClain.  He has his own troubles, but he wants to help out Glory and her family even when she snarls and fights him all the way while denying her feelings for him.

I find this book a tough one for me to sum up because I really wanted to love it since I loved the first one and many others by the author, but I didn’t.  I only liked it.

My biggest issue was my mixed feelings about the heroine.  I can respect her somewhat, but, in the end, I struggled to like her.  I get that she has a tough row to hoe and she has walls up- titanium steel ones, but she was downright ugly toward Luke much of the time- okay, make that nearly all the time.  I honestly don’t recall but a few fleeting moments when she wasn’t snarling and angry at him and thinking the worst- not that Luke communicated his plans to her.   I didn’t feel their romance as a result.  And, here’s what really sealed it for me.  Even when she realized she had some big regrets over her behavior- she never apologized to Luke.  He apologizes when he wronged her, but she didn’t reciprocate.   Luke was stalwart and true.  He kept coming back and doing all he could to support that family and show Glory how much he cared.

But, Glory wasn’t the only part I was mixed about.  I felt this book was all over the place at times.  It popped in and out with the suspense thread and likewise with the romance.  Luke was there and then gone again, pops up later and then is gone again.  It made the story lack flow to me.

So, I liked it and loved being back in the Texas Heroes world to get Luke’s story, but let’s just say this won’t be my favorite book.  That said, I can easily recommend the series to others who enjoy Western Historical Romances and I will definitely be watching out for more releases in the series.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #57 HR
Literary Pickers #52 rifle
New Release #17
COYER #52
Oldie But a Goodie #5

Recommendations

Deadly by Sylvia McDaniel Brash by Laura Wright

 

About Rosanne Bittner

Rosanne Bittner is an award-winning novelist who is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West—from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California—and are often based on personal visits to each setting. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons.

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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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  • RO

    Sounds like there was no cowboy lovin’ in this one! (lol) It’s hard to get into romance when there’s no real connection. Sorry this one didn’t work as well as the first. Hugs…RO

    • LOL, there was some, but yeah… not as much as I wanted to give.

  • I read a few books like this last year, where one half of the couple was so mean to the other that I just couldn’t root for the couple. I understand that author’s are trying to build tension into the story and all that, and that sometimes the main characters are fighting their feelings for one another, but some authors take it too far.
    P.S. – I just signed up for the Jane Austen reading challenge you started on Goodreads. I’m so glad you started that challenge!

    • At first, I thought, okay, she’s mad at the world b/c her life really stunk, so I went with it. But she never let up. Each kindness was rebuffed, was treated with suspicion, and many times flung back in his face. After half the story had gone by and it was still that way… it couldn’t be interpreted as funny (which was what I considered might be the reason for having her that way), but just a woman who couldn’t get past her mean b/c of her circumstances. I pitied her, but yes, I didn’t see the romance as a result.

      Oh cool! So glad you could join the group. I hope you enjoy it/us, Angela. 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    This looks really good Sophia Rose. Thanks

    • You’re welcome, Debbie. Happy to put books that appeal to you in your path. :

  • It is really hard to completely love a story when the heroine is so stubborn without a good cause. I would like to try this author sometime, (I do love a sexy cowboy!) but maybe I won’t start with this book. Fab review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • LOL, yeah, I kept wanting to physically shake her. He’s being wonderful to you and your family even after you shot him and he explained his own troubles. She just…sigh. 😉

  • It’s hard to like a book when you don’t like one or more of the characters.

    • You said it, Mary. I felt like I should like her b/c her life really was a mess. I did respect her for all she was trying to do and for all the burdens she carried, but I just got frustrated with her taking it out on Luke who only did good by her. 🙂

  • yikes, the weird flow of the story-line would prob have me a little wary too. Sorry this one did not completely work for you.

    • Maybe it was just me. I read a lot of romantic suspense and when I review, I’m looking for how the two elements meld and balance in the story. I felt the parts balanced in this one, but they didn’t meld. It was sudden when the scenes shifted from romance development to quick suspense moments and distracted me.

      Thanks, Lily!

  • Persnickety heroines are tough.

  • I didn’t like this one nearly as much as the first book either. I did really like Glory’s sisters in the story which was a high point for me. I thought it was good but nowhere near as good as Knight on the Texas Plains. I am looking forward to Marley Rose’s story though.

    PS – It looks like you have a few extra authors listed for this book 🙂

    • Yes, her and her sisters together were a high point for me, too. I liked seeing her really start to see them right when she was losing her actual sight. Clever writing there. Oh yes, Marley Rose’s story is definitely on my list. 😉

      Ha, yes, I’m pretty sure it happened when I typed in her name on the form and then I didn’t notice the auto fill happening. Whoops!

  • Oooh I really like this cover! Great review and I dislike it when books are all over the place…makes the plot not mesh well together…

    • It is a great quintessential western cover. And I am glad to have gotten his story, but yeah, for some reason the back and forth between romance scenes and suspense check-in scenes was distracting to me.

  • I felt the same way about this one, I liked it but didn’t love it as I have her other books.

    • Yeah, I think I wanted more from her and the overall story for Luke’s sake, but I didn’t hate what I got, at the same time.

  • I know we talked about this one a while back when reading it. I liked it a bit more than you did. I did wish he’d been there more but I related a lot to the heroine and what she was going through so she worked a lot better for me this time ’round.

    • Yes, I remember, too. I remember feeling sad and envious not to have connected with the heroine like you did since I love this author’s books. 🙂 It happens to me now and then where I can respect the person and understand the situation, but just not connect. I guess this was my disappointing one and I’m hoping to love on Marley’s story, next. 🙂