Friday, March 3, 2017

3.5 stars-- Hometown Cowboy (Rocky Mountain Riders #1) by Sara Richardson

Hometown Cowboy was an easy introduction into the Rocky Mountain Riders. Sexy cowboy, a heroine who's a dreamer and rescues animals, chocolate, a darling little pig, family struggles and mending broken relationships. Hometown Cowboy was a tempting introduction to the Rocky Mountain Riders.

The gist of it is that Lance is training for a huge rodeo competition and is having trouble concentrating because of worry over his dad. So he comes up with the brilliant idea of having his dad's best friend move in to help keep an eye over him. Thing is? She's decades younger than his dad and while he's gotten rid of the distraction of his daddy? He's not totally distracted by Jessa and all her sexy bits.

I liked these two. Jessa has a kind heart, dreams of romance, love and having a family. She's good people and easy to fall for. And Lance is one sexy cowboy rocking some deeply rooted hurts from his childhood. This was definitely his journey. I felt for him and all of the issues he needed to get past from his early years and with mending family relationships. They had a nice chemistry and fit well even if there were screw ups along the way.

I really liked seeing them both working on their jobs. Him training, her with the animals. And spending time with his dad. It's an interesting friendship her being in her 30s and his daddy 60ish. But they were cute together.

Overall, I enjoyed this one but I did think it was missing something. Mainly the romance. I mean, there's romance, but I got to the epilogue and looked back at the 300 some pages read and was like...huh not much happened. And then the epilogue skips months in the future and over all this time they spent getting to know each other for real. So you get lust and beginnings of romance/love, a little struggle but it was just missing the bulk of them really falling, dating, etc. Had some more of that been included I think this would have rated higher for me.

I am excited about the series, though. There's some nice set ups with her girlfriends and his brothers and future romances. While some of her friends got on my nerves I liked his brothers and seeing them come home after years away. So a promising kick off to a series.

Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .

Amazon | Goodreads | Richardson on HCBS 

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