Review: Baby for the Deputy by Cathy McDavid

May Contain Spoilers Cathy McDavid is one of my favorite Harlequin Western Romance writers.  Her books always feature likable, relatable characters.  Instead of exotic locations and billionaires, she writes about cowboys and ranches and living in rural America.  In Baby for the Deputy, the protagonists have to deal with the unexpected discovery that their no strings attached relationship now has a very important string; Melody is pregnant.  While she and Aaron struggle to figure out how to work a baby into their lives, and what their relationship really means to them, Mel must learn to become more open-minded in terms of Aaron, her future, and even the rest of her family. Read more

Review: The Bull Rider’s Cowgirl by April Arrington

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April Arrington is a hit or miss author for me. This was hit. Her voice has improved with every installment of the Men of Raintree Ranch, and The Bull Rider’s Cowgirl held my attention from page one. Jen’s fears of not being good enough, and of ending up like her mother, working long hours in a diner for a meager salary, eat away at her. She is determined to win big in the rodeo finals in Vegas, hoping to use the prize money to make a more comfortable life for both herself and her widowed mother.

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Review: One Rodeo Season by Sarah M Anderson

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I am a big fan of Anderson’s writing, so I try to read her books as soon as they are released.  I loved Ian, but Lacy – I didn’t have such warm feelings for.  She loudly, and repeatedly, insists she doesn’t need anyone’s help, despite the fact that she so obviously does.  She grated constantly on my nerves.  Ian, on the other hand, made mistakes when he was younger, and strove constantly to be a better person.  This is somewhat of a challenge, because of his hot temper, but he tries oh, so hard, for the entire book.

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Review: The Bull Rider Meets His Match by Jeannie Watt

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I didn’t enjoy The Bull Rider Meets His Match as much as other Watt’s books. The twins were the best part of the story, as tough guy Grady stepped in to help his sister after a series of unfortunate events sets her back. Grady moves back home to the property he owns with Annie, and realizes that she’s been busting her tail to make ends meet while he’s been traveling the country riding bulls. He is resolved to spend his down time back in his home town, closer to his family.

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Review: Blame it on the Rodeo by Amanda Renee

 

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My Harlequin-o-rama continues with Blame it on the Rodeo.  I borrowed this because Lexi is a vet, and there’s a horse on the cover.  I had no expectations going into it, and truthfully, I didn’t even read the entire synopsis.  Sometimes that bites me in the rear, but this time I was pleasantly surprised, and I could not put this book down.  I loved it!

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Review: Once a Champion by Jeannie Watt

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Once a Champion pushed all the right buttons for me.  Both the heroine and hero are wounded in believable ways, and both are struggling to make sense of their new realities.  Matt is an aging rodeo star with a torn up knee, a will to compete that won’t die, and no other options in life.  He refuses to take good advice and retire for the sake of his body.  He knows that he has at least another good season in front of him, if only he can work past his injury.  Liv has been raised to always be agreeable, to always give in to other people’s happiness, despite how unhappy it makes her.  She has been drilled that she must always compromise for the sake of family and relationships, until that doesn’t work for her any more.  And what draws the line in the sand for her?  An injured horse that she refuses to give up on.

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Review: Rodeo Dreams by Sarah M Anderson

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I purchased Rodeo Dreams from Harlequin.com back in December when they had a sale on eBooks.  Silly me, I didn’t realize the hoops I would have to jump through to read the titles I purchased there on my Kindle.  Unlike Amazon’s simple system for downloading purchased books, I had to download the Overdrive app, go through the hassle of setting up a new account because I used a different email address than the one I had used previously, and then I had to download each title, one by one.  The whole process pissed me off, and I decided that even with a discount, it’s not worth buying direct from Harlequin.  The books and the app were temporarily lost (I don’t use that Kindle very often, and yes, I collect Kindles like some people collect socks. It’s a terrible weakness of mine).  Since I haven’t been feeling well this past week, I was looking for something different to read, and lo-and-behold! I remembered about all of those Harlequins sitting somewhere on a Kindle (somewhere!).

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Review: Her Rodeo Man by Cathy McDavid

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I really enjoy Cathy McDavid’s novels, so I’m a little puzzled why I haven’t read more of them.  I like that her characters are every day people.  There’s not a billionaire in sight, just ordinary folk working hard to get through each day and provide for their families.  They could be my neighbors.  They could be me.  McDavid has a way of taking average problems and building them up into something that’s easy to relate to, and like Donna Alward, simple daily tasks become compelling efforts to better oneself and make the most of each protagonist’s strengths. 

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