Tag Archive | cowboy romance

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE #cowboy #romance

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE (A Cowboy Way Novella) by Becky McGraw 



Austin loves firefighting and decides that he will put in an application for the open position for fire chief in town. He has the experience and he has the skills. There is only one person in his way: Sunny.

Sunny wanted the job as chief because she needs the money to support her son. She was the only one who wanted it before Austin came along. Now she is trying to fight her attraction to the man that she sees as her nemesis and the person standing between her and her goal to get what she wants.


I am all for women in leadership roles. I try to give extra support when they are struggling to be successful in a male dominated environment. That being said, Sunny was a terrible supervisor. She was overcompensating to try to prove herself and that is what led to the constant turnover. And yet, I still have mixed feelings with the way that Austin came in and undermined her from the beginning.

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I am married to a firefighter and can only imagine how difficult it might be for a woman. But it was hard for me to see her passion for the job when she kept saying that she needed the additional income. I think that when money is only factor in wanting a job, there will be something missing.

The chemistry between Sunny and Austin was there and like the saying goes, there is a thin line between love and hate. I was conflicted in rooting for their romance because of how Austin handled the job situation.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. I think the story is average, but that is not to say it lacked the entertainment factor. Since everything worked out to my satisfaction, I gave 3 hearts. I recommend it if you like cowboy or firefighter romances.

Book details
Series: The Cowboy Way
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 144 pages
Publication Date: November 13, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

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The Baddest Virgin in Texas #cowboyromance



Jessi is the youngest sibling and only girl in the Brand Family. With sights set on ranch hand Lash, she is determined to make him love her.

Lash grew up in a foster home and was determined to be a loner when he grew up. When Jessi starts making eyes at him, he sees it as a bad idea for them to get involved. Never mind the additional fact that she a host of overprotective brothers.


This romance should come with a disclaimer, “Do not try this at home.”

The title is misleading too. It should be “The Most Naive, Foolhardy Virgin in Texas“.

The story was okay enough as stories go with predictable villains. A part of me could not get over how many times Jessi said that she was going to her man  since she set her sights on him. She was going to convince him that he loved her. That sounded kind of bratty to me. Plus, the first guy she did not know her whole life is the one she picks to fall in love with. I do not think her standards were too high.

Lash was an emotionally mess from childhood foster home hell. Anything resembling family scared him because his memories were not pleasant.

Overall, Jessi is very spoiled and Lash was an extreme commitment phobe. How the two of them end up together was romantic but unrealistic.

Should you buy? If you like cowboy romances, this will entertain you.

Book Details
Print Length: 235 pages
Publisher: Thunderfoot (August 6, 2014)
Publication Date: August 6, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC


N is for Nothing #atozchallenge #ABCofRomance @AprilA2Z


Nothing But Trouble ♥♥


In this cowboy romance, Melanie wants to prove to her father that she can survive in a remote area while managing her type 1 diabetes so that he will fund her expedition to Africa. She offers Stoney money to take her on a trip in the mountains in Wyoming. She neglects to tell him that she has diabetes and needs very specific care.

Stoney needs the money that Melanie is offering to fix up his family ranch in Wyoming. His father was injured in a fire and currently is in a wheelchair. He does not want to help Melanie but sees no other viable option.


I think that Melanie is a spoiled brat who has been sheltered her whole life. When given the chance to show that she is mature to take care of herself, she botches it seriously and almost loses her life. And somewhere in the midst of everything, Stoney falls in love with Melanie.


Melanie did not seem lovable to me. The more the story progress, the more aggravated I was with Melanie. She withheld information so that she could manipulate the situation. She knew if she told Stoney the full truth, he would not have taken her on that remote trip.

Maybe I am being too hard on Melanie, but I think she needs to grow up before she can even think about having a relationship. As it is, I think Stoney is going to have to spoil her in order for her to be happy because she will only be satisfied when things are going her way.

Should you buy? If you like infuriating, bratty female characters and reading about the men that have to deal with them, THEN you will like this book. Otherwise, you will react like I did, “Meh”.

Book details from Goodreads
Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published September 19th 2011 by Lisa Mondello (first published September 1999)
Available on Amazon

Handsomest man in the country

The Handsomest Man in the Country, #1 The Traherns: ♥ ♥ ♥


After the Civil War, Mallory is forced to go west when her parents died. Through a series of misfortunes, she is forced to marry Trahern. Since she had to marry out of necessity, there was not any attraction between the two main characters. In fact, Mallory initially described her husband this way, “I did never seen the back end of a mule as ugly as this man”. Trahern realizes that he is a man with not many options. He is, however, willing do what it takes so that Mallory does not regret marrying him.


This was a cute story about Mallory and Trahern getting to know each other after the forced marriage. I do not prefer stories told in the first person point of view, especially when the character is from a different era. Mallory talked and viewed the world like the backwoods, country girl she was. Some of her points of view were humorous, but at times it took me a minute to understand what she was talking about. This story was sweet enough to compensate for the fact it was told in first-person point of view.

As a novella, The Handsomest Man in the Country, #1 The Traherns is a short read for the afternoon or at the doctor’s office. The end is worth the purchase. If you do not mind first-person point of view novels, I would suggest this author’s series because I think they will all be very interesting.

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