Title: Keep Me, Cowboy
Series: Montana Born Rodeo 2015 #3
Author: Nicole helm
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 2, 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Rodeo cowboy Cole McArthur has spent the last ten years running from Marietta, Montana, from his father’s expectations, and from the only woman he’s ever loved. But now his past is at his front door, begging for his help.
Jess Clark doesn’t want to face the only man who’s ever claimed enough of her heart to break it, but her foster family needs their prodigal son home, and she owes them too much to not make that happen. Seeing Cole for the first time in a decade unlocks the kind of desire she’s only ever felt for him, and never acted on with anyone.
Back in Marietta facing family betrayal and family secrets, heat explodes between them, and feelings buried long ago rise to the surface. But can Jess convince this wandering cowboy that his home is with her?
Read on for my thoughts on Keep Me, Cowboy. No true spoilers, promise.
Jess and Cole had been teenage lovers, okay maybe not true lovers but teenagers in love. Right up until the moment Cole left Marietta without a word, and without a backward glance. Left his home, his family and the girl who loved him and that he loved as well.
Ten years later, Jess is determined to get Cole back to Marietta. Back to the family that needs him, even if they are too proud and stubborn to admit that fact. And if she’s honest with herself, back to her as well. He’d destroyed her when he left. Everyone left her, so it shouldn’t have hurt so much but this was Cole. He was supposed to be hers. Until he proved that wrong as well.
Cole never intended to return home. Home is where the heart is was just a silly old saying, except that his heart really had stayed with Jess. Even when he couldn’t. The rodeo was his world, even though his father had forbade it. This was the only career he’d wanted. He also wanted Jess at his side, but his father also made that impossible too. He wasn’t a damned doctor and never would be, but you couldn’t tell the old man that.
Keep Me, Cowboy is an engaging story of how family can truly create havoc and chaos within its circle. People rarely change, but circumstances can bring about changes that no one ever expects. Jess needed answers. Cole needed to give them to her. While not a run off and get married story – this is the story of a hard fought for second chance to see what could be if two people who loved each other really committed to their future.
I enjoyed this story very much. I would recommend Keep Me, Cowboy for anyone who loves second chances, a complex family dynamics and a really good love story.
*I received an e-ARC of Keep 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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