Title: Kiss A Cowboy
Series: Kiss A Cowboy #1
Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 3, 2014
My Rating: 4 stars
Source: Borrowed, Kindle Unlimited
Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything…
Andi Stevens drives away from her hometown of Seattle to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she’s ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another.
Luke Brennan isn’t interested in having his heart broken again. He’s loved and lost once, and he’s hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she’s a city girl, and engaged to another man. She’s off limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it’s too late?
Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?
Read on for my thoughts on Kiss A Cowboy. No true spoilers, promise.
Kiss A Cowboy kicks off a new part of Keeper Bookshelf. I am addicted to series, and I pick up a lot – a lot – of first novels. Some are destined to become stories that touch me enough to make me need to continue the series. Others were good, but not tempting enough to invest the time and money to follow them any further. Please understand that those First in a Series books were good stories, they just didn’t click with me for the long term, it happens. To be totally frank, I won’t be saying in my review if I’m going to continue the series or not. In my opinion, that’s not fair to the author and when I do review the next book in a series – well, I guess it’s obvious that I decided to continue with it.
So, back to Kiss A Cowboy. The story blurb really tells you what this charming story is about so there really is no reason for me to tease you further. You know if you enjoy cowboy romance, so if you do this title is already on your radar. 🙂
This story is about opposites. City-Country, Oil-Water, Artist-Rancher and whether love is the bridge that will connect them for a lifetime. Andi is a character who has had to take on the responsibilities of an adult far too early in her life. She has raised her sister after their parents tragically died in an accident. While they have a close relationship, and Andi never begrudged the years that she cared for Carly – now it’s her turn. Unfortunately, Andi is engaged to a man who doesn’t really want her for the warm and caring woman she is – but for how she would decorate and enhance his own professional life — in other words, he’s a using scumbag. But Andi never saw that – until Luke came into her life.
Luke has the strong, silent cowboy down to a tee. Or he would if that weren’t his personality. He loves the land, the running of his family ranch and he is not ready for a city girl to waltz in and capture his heart in such a short time. He’s had love before and he saw that love fade and die when he brought his wife to the ranch. It didn’t take long to realize that city and country don’t mix. When they finally went their separate ways it was a relief.
Now another green eyed city girl is ruffling up his feelings again. Andi is far too good for the scumbag that she’s engaged to. But can he convince her that love can bloom in three weeks and can be strong enough to last a lifetime?
I adored Luke and Andi. Their romance was charming, endearing and believable. The secondary characters in Kiss A Cowboy were strong, and a vital part of the entire story. It is obvious that some of them will have their own stories within this series. Yet, this first story sets up a believable rancher’s life and people who anyone would be blessed and proud to call friends or family.
I enjoyed Kiss A Cowboy very much. The tensions, the flirting, even the indecision for both Andi and Luke were completely understandable and true to live. I would not hesitate to recommend this novel to any reader who loves cowboy romance or a good love story with a very happy ever after.
Available in paperback and for the Kindle (right now it’s on Kindle Unlimited but not sure for how long)