Leila Valentino will do anything to keep her grandparents’ Colorado winery afloat. Even partner with August Harding, the first—and last—man to break her heart. Fifteen years ago, August left Silverado Lake, and Leila, far behind. Now the cowboy’s back with an offer that could save her family’s business. But to keep her grandparents from worrying over the vineyard’s finances, Leila insists August give a different reason for his return: her.
August Harding is one step away from a huge promotion. All he has to do is ensure that his company acquires Valentino Bellas Vineyards. And if pretending he and Leila are back together is the cost . . . well, he can’t say no. Leila has never forgiven him for the way he ended things, but the longer they pretend to be a couple, the more he begins to wonder if a second chance isn’t impossible after all. But can he convince Leila that this time he’s not walking away?
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This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Last Dance with a Cowboy
Series: Silverado Lake #3
Author: Sara Richardson
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: December 28, 2021
My Rating: 4 stars
Last Dance with a Cowboy is the third title in the Silverado Lake series, and while I was completely caught up in the first two books in this series August and Leila just didn’t have the same intensity for me. Perhaps because I found very little actual romance going on between them. Yes, they have a history. But this second chance romance is really based on a lie, and that type of base for everlasting love doesn’t always turn out as hoped for.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book yet for different reasons than the second chance romance possibility. I adored Leila’s grandparents. Theirs is what I imagine a lifelong true love story really is all about. I simply love the small town and its residents who know what they know, have no qualms about speaking their minds and still can open their arms and hearts to a returning man who left them all behind.
I understood August’s pain to a point. I accepted Leila’s anger and, I’d even say bewilderment at his leaving her behind. Yet, one lie doesn’t always have the outcome expected, even when told with the best intentions. There are questions that I wanted answers to, events lightly mentioned that might have made me more tolerant of that lie if I understood them. I just… I enjoyed Last Dance with a Cowboy but something was missing, for me, to let me fall completely into this world again. It’s still a good story, just not what I was expecting… but then that happens sometimes.
*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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