Nate Hansen desperately needs a reboot to his playboy image that doesn’t involve women, drinking and fighting. Rehabilitation and building a solid future proves elusive as he can’t land a permanent job until someone mentions local widow Joy Mitchell who’s advertising a full-time ranch job. Perfect.
Joy Mitchell is desperate for a ranch hand to help keep her dead husband’s legacy alive out of the greedy grasp of her manipulative father-in-law. Nate’s reputation precedes him, none of it good, but the ranch is running on empty, and Joy makes the hard choice. Problem is the job she’s offering isn’t exactly what Nate had planned.
Nate knows what it’s like to lose everything, but seriously, become a mail-order groom? But Joy won’t or can’t compromise.
Title: The Convenient Cowboy
Series: The Hansen Brothers #2
Author: Ann B. Harrison
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Often times we’ll find exactly what we need when we weren’t even looking for it in the most unlikely places. THE CONVENIENT COWBOY gives us a delightful romance with a bit of a “mail order groom” spin on it that brings three people together who didn’t know they needed each other until fate or just dumb luck stepped in.
Nate has more than a bit of a reputation in his small town. While the decision to change his life around is an admirable one, small towns have long memories so it hasn’t been exactly easy to have people believe in his change of heart. Now Nate is also looking for work, and either there isn’t any to be found or the townsfolk are still believing in a past reputation… either way Nate needs a job and desperate times often require desperate solutions… except he didn’t really know all this job would require – or if he was willing to make that choice.
Joy has reached the point of desperation. She has to save the ranch for her son’s future and her deceased husband’s legacy but it’s an uphill battle with her vindictive, manipulative father-in-law and keeping ranch hands around to work the ranch. She has a solution, but it’s going to take a strong man to accept his place as a marriage of convenience husband and a ranch hand that cannot simply up and walk away at a moment’s notice. She’s made up her mind to do what’s right for her family, now she just has to convince the one man who answered her ad that it’s in his best interests as well.
I enjoyed Nate and Joy’s unconventional romance and adored little Toby. Watching two adults fall in love and learn to work together for a common good was a delightful experience. There’s danger in THE CONVENIENT COWBOY and there’s also humor, acceptance and a second chance to find that love of a lifetime but they both have to be willing to go all in and trust each other. If you love a good old fashioned romance with a few interesting twists then you’ll enjoy not only this story but the entire series as well.
*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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