Shy and sensible romance writer Jane Harding’s carefully ordered life is crumbling around her. With her latest novel due and her teaching contract at an end, returning home to help plan her best friend’s wedding is a welcome distraction. Yet when Jane discovers that the too-hot-to-handle boy who once tempted her is now the best man — and the rodeo circuit’s sexiest bull rider — her distraction is in danger of becoming a disaster . . .

Toby Garrett is no stranger to risk. But this latest injury could end his rodeo career for good. Thankfully, his recovery at home isn’t as awful as he’d imagined, especially when he comes face-to-face with Jane. The kiss they once shared still fuels his fantasies, but when she walked away, he let her go. Now Toby is determined to fix his mistakes. Can this sweet-talking cowboy prove that the passion still burning between them is worth braving the odds?

Titles in the Silverado Lake series includes — First Kiss with a Cowboy

Title:  First Kiss with a Cowboy
Series:  Silverado Lake #1
Author:  Sara Richardson
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  May 19, 2020
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4 stars

‘First Kiss with a Cowboy’ begins the ‘Silverado Lake’ series with an emotional, engaging romance between two stubborn people, each are facing big changes in their lives, their chosen careers, and now back home are given a second chance to get love right this time around – are they up to the challenge?

Once upon a time, in their high school days, Toby and Jane shared a kiss – and each, somehow, came away from that kiss with completely opposite impressions of what the other was thinking/feeling about it.  (they both were wrong about that, of course)  You could put that down to teenage angst, but also Jane was such a shy girl, often picked on by the ‘mean girls’ so her impression stayed strong for a very long time, even long after she’d escaped her hometown for the big city.  Toby went on to a brilliant career in the rodeo, Jane became a professor and a romance writer under a pseudonym.  One extrovert, one introvert.  Things are about to get interesting when they both return home to be a part of a friend’s wedding and work closely together on her family ranch.

Frankly, I adored this couple equally for different reasons.  They are both so stubborn, so sure they know the facts, yet that spark between them hasn’t died down after all this time, and perhaps it’s burning a bit brighter and hotter now.  I had such fun watching them move beyond that first kiss that each misinterpreted so badly back then.  With a great bunch of secondary characters to round out the fun ‘First Kiss with a Cowboy’ quickly won my heart and my continued following of this series.  Toby and Jane are so right together, I enjoyed their journey to a happy ever after ending – and if you love a really good romance (cowboy or not) then you’ll want to pick this one up for yourself.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from 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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