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Genres: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Published by Forever
Released on May 28, 2019
Back to the Longhorn Canyon for more sassy gals and good-timing cowboys in wild -livin’ Tag’s story. As usual, I had a blast for the down home charm, grinnin’ humor, and pinch of spice heartwarming romance. But wait, there’s more… some suspense and old family shadows get laid to rest in this cowboy romance that shows some surprising depth when all’s said and done.
Cowboy Rebel is book four in the Longhorn Canyon series. It can standalone in a pinch, but works best following the earlier entries when the secondary crowd of couples and ongoing events in this one are introduced.
Tag and his twin brother, Hud, have bought the ranching property next door to Longhorn Canyon Ranch where their sister and her husband are. He’s been living wild and free since his teen years and doesn’t think he’ll ever settle down until he catches sight of his sister’s best friend. But, she wants something solid and dependable and that is not who Tag is with his daredevil ways. Can he change? Does he want to? Is it time to lay the past to rest?
Nikki grew up in Bowie. Her brother died of leukemia when he was a child, her dad walked out after the funeral, and Nikki lived with a hypochondriac, OCD mother until she could get out on her own. She’s still dealing with her mom’s mental health issues and making a life for herself as an ER nurse. She has dreams of a good man and a family, but never thinks that someone like her- afraid to be her mother or afraid to love someone who won’t stay- can ever have something like her friend Emily has. If her heart races when Emily’s brother is around flirting and trying to get her to go out with him? Well, it doesn’t mean anything, right?
Most of the time, I can pick up a book by this author and its engaging because of its very predictability. They can be counted on to leave me feeling lighter and good. Cowboy Rebel did that and more. It reached a little deeper. Nikki and Tag both come with baggage that isn’t visible at first glance. Tag’s came with a danger element that added some suspense and excitement for a time while Nikki’s little mystery of a stalker gave me some fun guessing right along with her.
There is a lot of family and friends moments, working on the ranch, Fab Five appearances, but mostly it was personal growth that led to a natural friends to lovers romance. Neat twist that the best friend’s sibling element was Nikki worried about Emily’s reaction to her spending time with Emily’s brother. This romance took its time and it needed to because they needed to work out what they really wanted beyond the burst of attraction between them. Not, that the chemistry wasn’t crackling between them from the beginning.
All in all, this was better than my already eager expectation. I know I’ve got Hud and the Callahan brothers still out at the ranch so I’m in anticipation of more raanching and cowboy romancing. Those who enjoy easy-going, heartwarming country romance should give this series a go.
I rec’d this book from Forever via Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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