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

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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He'll do what it takes
to win her heart

Glory Day may be losing her vision, but that doesn't mean she'll ever stop fighting. Determined to provide for her struggling family, she confronts an outlaw with a price on his head. But when a mysterious cowboy gets between her and her target, Glory accidentally shoots him instead. Flustered, she has no option but to take the handsome stranger home to treat his wounds.

Former Texas Ranger Luke McClain didn't plan to fall in love, but there's no denying the strength of Glory's will or the sweetness of her heart. But Glory's been burned before, and Luke will have to reach into the depths of his own battered soul to convince her to take a chance...

And trust that love is worth fighting for.


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.


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.


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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.