What happens at the rodeo… Doesn’t always stay at the rodeo! 

A year after her marriage has crashed and burned–along with her dreams of becoming a mother–Irish newspaper columnist, Evie Donnelly, is not impressed with her editor’s suggestion she head down to Marietta to find some ‘new meat’ for her dating column. With her confidence as a woman at an all-time low, surely the last thing she needs is to risk hooking up with a rodeo cowboy? 

Despite a troubled past as a foster kid, call roping champion Flynn is a man who adores women. Maybe he doesn’t do commitment, but he does do good times and he is only too happy to help when he discovers a smart, funny and beautiful but undeniably fragile woman behind Evie’s tough exterior who is in desperate need of his own personal brand of sexual healing. 

But when the rodeo is over, Evie and Flynn can’t forget those three stolen nights together in Marietta–especially when their wild, wonderful ride turns out to have even more unforgettable consequences.

Titles in the 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo series include:   The Cowboy Meets His Match by Sarah Mayberry – The Bull Rider’s Return by Joan Kilby –  Cowboy Come Home by Sinclair Jayne – The Cowboy’s Last Rodeo by Jeannie Watt – The Rodeo Cowboy’s Baby by Heidi Rice

Title:  The Rodeo Cowboy’s  Baby
Series:  The 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo #5
Author:  Heidi Rice
Genre:  Modern Western Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published:  September 18, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars

There are times when a story will simply reach out and touch your emotions, where you’ll “get” the hero and heroine so easily, and when the plot feels more like real life than might otherwise be comfortable… that’s what The Rodeo Cowboy’s Baby was for me.  There’s no rhyme nor reason as to why some stories do this to me, I suspect most readers have their “buttons” that get pushed which is why fifty people can read the same story and come away with different reactions.  Simply put I loved Flynn and Evie’s romance, I connected with them both and I was completely engaged with their story.

Life happens, ya know?  And that is exactly what happened to Flynn and Evie individually, their lives happened and bad things became a part of what makes them unique.  Things that will remain with them forever, or until someone special changes their self-view of themselves and the events that have shaped them.  For Evie it was her mother’s bitterness, her hatred that made Evie a constant target for her mother’s anger.  Then later Evie’s unrelenting need for a baby of her own.  For Flynn it was his father’s actions that shaped him, and the special couple who would foster Flynn and his brothers and sister through their formative years.  But for them both, the memories, the self-viewing of themselves runs deep and plays a part in what happens between this couple.

There are layers to Flynn and Evie, and at first we only see the surface… and then slowly we’re allowed to see them as they truly are.  Outside factors, miscommunications, and for Evie, her own tendency to triple think things and always blame herself even when things aren’t her fault… all of those will play into their romance.  The bottom line becomes is three days enough time to really know if someone is right for you?  Do you go against all logic and believe in, trust in your instincts?

I loved The Rodeo Cowboy’s Baby for the romance of Flynn and Evie — but also for a quite amazing epilogue that wrapped up the romances from this year’s 79th Copper Mountain Rodeo series one year later.  We get to touch base with each of the couples, see where they are, how life is treating them… very much like a reunion of friends and family.  That was the icing on the cake that made up this series.  I had a blast, and if you love a good cowboy romance or simply adore anything Marietta, Montana then I believe you will, too. Indulge yourself and enjoy.

*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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