Title: Choose Me, Cowboy
Series: Montana Born Rodeo 2015 # 4
Author: Barbara Ankrum
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 9, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Marietta Kindergarten teacher, Kate Canaday, is doing perfectly well without the ex-love of her life mucking up her intention to stay gloriously uncommitted. So what if she’s become—according to her sisters—a serial dater? If pro-bull rider Finn Scott’s untimely defection six years ago taught her anything, it was that men come with an expiration date. And she’s more than happy to oblige them.
Trouble is, the sexier-than-ever Finn, now a devoted single father, has just moved to Marietta with his adorable five-year-old twins. He’s in an unexpected custody battle with his ex and too proud to ask Kate for help in making his crazy life look stable. But Kate sees helping him as a way of sealing off the hurt from her past once and for all. If they can just keep their hands off each other. After all…expiration date, right?
Not if Finn has anything to say about it…
Read on for my thoughts on Choose Me, Cowboy. No true spoilers, promise.
So I got to the last page of my Kindle edition of Choose Me, Cowboy and just simply sighed. This is what many romance novels want to be when they grow up. Romance in a real world of ex-wives, divorce, child custody gone crazy, lost love, missed love and finding the way to have faith not only in the one you love but in yourself as well.
Kate had been devastated at a choice Finn had made years ago. Oh, sure she serial dated these days but there was a reason that she never allowed any other man to stick. Even if she denied it until her dying day there was a huge chunk of her heart that still and always would belong to Finn. She would deny it to herself and anyone who’d listen to her, but the truth was there – she simply had to become brave enough to acknowledge it and accept it.
When Finn and his 5 year old twins settled back in Marietta, Montana he knew that one day he’d run into Kate again. At this point he wasn’t sure if that was going to be a good thing or a horrible idea. But he knew that eventually it would happen. He had screwed up royally with Kate. Sure she’d made mistakes too but none as huge as his. Now he just wanted some peace and quiet – something he was not about to get any time soon.
Kate and Finn’s first meeting wasn’t under the best of circumstances but they survived it. And as much as Kate wanted to deny or ignore it, Finn could still stir her up faster than a nest of hornets. When she’d seen the legal papers on the coffee table she knew he was in trouble. But could she help him in the way he needed most right now? That could lead to a disaster – or the best choice she’d ever made. Time would tell the outcome, but keeping her heart safe from the only man she’d ever truly loved was a losing battle.
Choose Me, Cowboy brings back together two lovers who had left each other under the worst possible circumstances. Each had made mistakes, had they learned from them. Maybe, hopefully. But Kate would do anything to keep Finn’s kids with him and not be torn away by a vindictive, money hungry vixen like his ex-wife. The woman who’d torn Kate’s dreams into shreds once would not harm those children. Did she expect to find that love hadn’t died? Was she ready to believe in second chances? Maybe. But there was a lot to get through before Finn and Kate could depend on that happily ever after for them.
Finn and Kate are as realistic as your neighbors down the street. Life happens and sometimes it simply sucks, but you move on. This story was completely believable, heart wrenching as well as heartstrings tugged hard. I completely loved this story, and as I mentioned it is for the chance to find a story like this that I read as much as I do. If you love a good strong romance with characters that scream real and situations that any of us might find ourselves in – then you need to pick up a copy of Choose Me, Cowboy today.
*I received an e-ARC of Choose Me, Cowboy from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
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