As the oldest brother, pro bull rider Axel Wolf has always worn the yoke of family responsibility. Seven years ago when he was at the top of his career, he gave it all up to return home to Last Stand, Texas, to raise his youngest brother and take over the reins of their massive cattle ranch. But his career wasn’t the only thing he left behind. A chance meeting with the woman he never stopped loving, Cruz, blows apart his work-only life, and he starts to want more than just his ranch. Axel’s never backed down from a challenge, but this is one risk, the cowboy’s not sure he can take.
Former barrel racer and now single mom Cruz Lopez excels at staring down obstacles and winning. A newly certified physician’s assistant, she’s determined to build her career and create a new life for herself and her son in Texas just as long as it’s far from one sexier than sin Last Stand cowboy, who once nearly derailed her dreams and goals. Only it’s not. Luckily it’s temporary, and Cruz is confident she can avoid Axel for a month except a horrific accident throws them together when they both stop to help. Axel was her first and only love, and now she’s struggling to remember all the reasons he’s wrong when he feels so right. He told her once he never wanted a family. So why is he inviting them both on picnics and teaching her son to ride and rope?
Axel is her past, but she’s starting to hope for a future with him. Can she trust him when it’s not just her heart at risk this time?
Titles in The Texas Wolf Brothers series include — A Son For The Texas Cowboy – A Bride For The Texas Cowboy –
This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series. (think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of series set in a fictional town)
Title: A Son for the Texas Cowboy
Series: The Texas Wolf Brothers #1 (Last Stand, Texas)
Author: Sinclair Jayne
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: May 2, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
A SON FOR THE TEXAS COWBOY is the first story in Sinclair Jayne’s The Texas Wolf Brothers series set in the newest large fictional town series/line from Tule Publishing – if you’ve loved (and continue to love) Marietta, Montana then you’re going to become just as addicted to Last Stand, Texas.
Once, years ago, Axel and Cruz were a couple in love, even if the words were barely said. Each had a dream of the future, and each had a major problem communicating what parts of those dreams were – mainly, each other permanently. Cruz made the decision to break off their romance. Just “I’m done” and gone. Axel’s plans for that day were far different but he let the woman he loved go. That didn’t mean that he would forget her or stop loving her, just that he didn’t fight her decision. Shortly after their break-up, Axel’s world changed as well and his career dreams were put aside to return home to tend to his younger brothers and the struggling family ranch. Seven years later fate would step in and reunite them through a town tragedy. They might have a second chance but only if two stubborn people can finally really talk to each other instead of making decisions “for the best” about the other’s life.
Axel is the perfect image of the stoic cowboy, one who feels emotions deeply but never, ever let them show. My heart broke for Axel as he is a far more complex man than we first see. On the surface he is tough, stubborn, a man who believes in doing the right thing – and silent, so silent about the things that matter to him. Underneath that is such pain, sorrow, and guilt, unnecessary guilt that your heart will ache for him. It took me longer to warm up to Cruz. I liked her but I never loved the character for her reasons never seemed enough for the decisions she made and continued to make for herself and Axel. It became enough that she was Axel’s “one” and I was content with that.
A SON FOR THE TEXAS COWBOY is an engaging, emotional beginning to a series that already has me hook and needing to know more. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next story in this series, A BRIDE FOR THE TEXAS COWBOY.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher 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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