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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever
Released on January 28, 2020
Steady, quieter, and hard-working Hud Baker never wanted much, but he starts wishing mighty hard for the girl of his dreams to want him back and want to stay with him when sassy Rose O’Malley arrives to temporarily help out her great-aunt by running the B&B while Molly’s on her European vacation. If I want feel-good, fun-loving down home cowboy romances, I need look no further than Carolyn Brown’s Longhorn Canyon series and Cowboy Courage is no exception.
Cowboy Courage is the sixth entry in the Longhorn Canyon series of standalones. It can be easily picked up on its own though it does reference back to the earlier couples in the series who are some of the side characters in this one.
Hud encountered Cactus Rose O’Malley at his friend’s wedding, but it was not their first meeting. Rose was his junior high first love and the girl who stayed in his memories long after her family moved away. Now, nearly fifteen year’s later, she’s around again and that electrifying feeling he had for her is sparking as strongly as ever. Hud never wanted more than a ranch to work on and build up, a wife, and family and now he suspects that Rose might be it for him. If only she would stick around instead of going back into the Army.
Rose’s enlistment is up and she needs to do some powerful thinking on whether to re-enlist or move on. Her folks want her to come to live at the Commune in Kentucky with them. She loves her family, but commune living and its rules is not for her. But, what is? She has a gift for linguistics and speaks seven languages which made her a great asset in the army, but there isn’t much call for that sort of thing in ranch country. But, there is Hud, his extended family, the friendly small town there. Maybe she can finally stop wandering and sink her roots.
Cowboy Courage is an easy going, gentle romance. There are some mishaps and a brief bit of excitement, but for the most part, the conflict is internal as Rose has to figure out what she really wants and where she fits. Hud is a hero all around from his quiet, humble, hard work as rancher and volunteer firefight to his love for family and his neighbors. He’s rooted deep and knows who he is and where he belongs. In a sense, he is static with Rose moving and shifting around him. Waiting and respecting her enough to do it without putting on pressure or trying to manipulate her made him even more fabulous.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Longhorn Canyon story without a feisty senior to liven things up and this comes from Rose’s Great Aunt Luna and her pistol, Madam. There were some hilarious scenes with her around. Oh, and that crazy cat Chester who stole the scene more than once.
While I enjoyed Cowboy Courage and am semi-in love with Hud, I do have to admit that this one just missed it for me. I think it was the last quarter that caused this. I saw the point of where the author took things and why they went there. However, it felt obvious to me that the important choices were presented and made with the heroine just hem-hawing at that point and going through the motions of hashing through things longer than needed. Then there was that quick bit of fussing at the end that came out of the blue to me. Fortunately, it was gone just as quickly.
But, that said, this was still a solid, entertaining and enjoyable read that I’m glad to have picked up. I definitely want more Longhorn Canyon series- Paxton!!! And, more from this auto-buy author that I can easily recommend to those who love cowboy charm, hilarious antics, and sassy heroines in their cowboy romances.
My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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