There’s not much that could rattle a cowboy like Reese St. James. But when his twin brother dies in a car accident, Reese is stunned to discover he has a six-month-old niece, Sawyer. Wanting to make up for lost time, Reese heads down to Unforgiven, New Mexico, to bring her home. He doesn’t plan on Sawyer’s guardian giving him any trouble, but the intriguing, independent woman is turning out to be more than he bargained for.
Lorelei West had given up hope of having a family of her own until her sister’s tragic death brought little Sawyer into her life. And now there’s no way she’s going to let Reese take her away. Lorelei knows hotshot, good-looking cowboys like him — she’s dated enough of them — and she intends to stand her ground. Yet the more time Reese and Lorelei spend together, the harder it is to deny the attraction building between them. But opening their hearts to a baby is one thing — can they also open their hearts to the possibility of a happily-ever-after?
Title: A Cowboy for Keeps
Series: Chestnut Creek #3
Author: Laura Drake
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4 stars
‘A Cowboy for Keeps‘ is the third title in the ‘Chestnut Creek‘ series, and proves that something amazing can come out of tragic events… if hearts are open and risks are willing to be taken.
When a tragic car accident steals little Sawyer’s mom and dad away this adorable little one still has an aunt and uncle who adore her and want the best for their niece. Trouble is, they can’t seem to decide exactly what that is since Lorelei isn’t willing to give over custody of Sawyer, and Reese isn’t willing to walk away from his niece. Even though the sparks fly fast and furiously between them Reese can’t seem to say a thing he means right or in a way that’s acceptable to Lorelei – and she has titanium enforced walls around herself so thick that nothing and no one is getting through to her heart easily. Two unlikely people to fall for each other, one adorable, much loved baby who could unite them all as a loving family… if the grown-ups would co-operate!
I enjoyed returning to the ‘Chesnut Creek‘ world and fell in love with Reese who always seems to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease and adored little Sawyer. I’ll admit that it took longer to warm up to Lorelei. The chemistry was strong between them yet… I grew tired of the constant fault finding, the almost on purpose misunderstanding of what Reese was saying, the denial of the attraction between them. The fact is that I don’t have to love every character to completely love a story and ‘A Cowboy for Keeps‘ is proof of that. I believe it’s going to be each individual reader’s reaction to Lorelei that will tip this story one way or the other for them. She’s strong, independent, and always right… even when she’s wrong. Or at least, that’s my opinion but you should make up your own mind about this couple.
If you enjoy a good romance with unlikely people about to have their worlds turned upside down, and will always fall hard for a sweet baby, along with some quirky, enjoyable secondary characters then ‘A Cowboy for Keeps‘ would be perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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