Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review: How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

How to Wrangle a Cowboy by Jo Anne Kennedy

Publisher & Release Date: Sourcebooks Casablanca, February 2, 2016

Time and setting: Present Day, Wyoming

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Cowboy

Length:  480 pages

Heat Level: 2 Flames

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

The last thing this cowboy expected

Inner-city veterinarian Lindsey Ward always loved visiting her grandfather's Wyoming ranch, so it breaks her heart to have to sell it. She'll miss the scent of hay and sagebrush under the wide-open sky, but at least, the sale will help fund the clinic she's always dreamed of.

Was to get roped by a city girl

Ruggedly handsome foreman Shane Lockhart and his adorable son aren't making it any easier for Lindsey to focus on what has to be done. It's exhilarating going toe to toe with a rough, tough cowboy whose stubborn idealism matches her own, but it's Shane's tenderness that might tip Lindsey's heart over the fence.

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Vikki’s Musings

This is the first time I have read a book by Ms. Kennedy. When I received an invitation from the publisher to read How to Wrangle a Cowboy in exchange for an honest review, I found the book description intriguing, so decided to accept. I am so glad I did.

Lindsey Ward comes back to Wyoming for her grandfather’s funeral. Although estranged, he wills her the ranch with the provision, her grandmother can reside at there for the rest of her life. Lindsey has an up and coming veterinarian practice she needs to get back to but needs to get the ranch on a firm footing.

When she meets the foreman of the ranch, Shane Lockhart, the sparks fly, and not just the kind where two opposing opinions exist. The physical attraction between them burns hotter than a fire cracker.

When a man claiming to be her grandfather’s son threatens to tell her grandmother her husband had an affair long ago, Lindsey has to come up with a large amount of ready cash she doesn’t have. Will she give in to the blackmail, or let the cards fall? Can she change her plans and allow this rugged cowboy and his adorable son into her life?

I thoroughly enjoyed the supporting characters in this book, from the grandmother and Shane’s little boy to the cowboy’s brothers and their wives. The storyline is great and the pacing is good. However, I did feel the book could have been tightened up a bit. There were a few scenes that didn’t move the story along very much, hence, the 4 Gold Crown rating.

I like Lindsey, the heroine, in this story. She has her heart in the right place, even though, at times, I wanted to shake her. She’s feisty, but completely loyal to her grandmother and is willing to sacrifice a lot to protect her from what could destroy her fragile emotional state. I loved her great love for any animal that crosses her path. She’s a well-rounded character and she hasn’t let the hard knocks of her life get her down.

Shane is a bit of a lost soul. Abandoned by his parents, he grew up in foster homes. He’s made a few mistakes in his life but accepts responsibility for them. His love for his son is fierce, and he will do whatever is needed to keep him from harm. Even though he has had his heart stomped on by his son’s mother, he’s still willing to take a chance on a lifetime with Lindsey.

If you enjoy a good cowboy story with a great story and moving love story, then you will love How to Wrangle a Cowboy as much as I did. I plan to go back and read the other books in this series. Happy reading!

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