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Will his proposal eventually win her heart?

For rancher Chance Braxton, Josie Monroe was the classic girl next door. He’d fallen early and hard, but because her heart had belonged to his careless and indifferent brother, Chance had been permanently friend-zoned since Josie was a teen. Now Josie’s running her failing ranch all alone, and it’s time for Chance to step up and keep a promise he made to her dying mother –  marry Josie and combine their ranches. 

Josie Monroe doesn’t want help or need to be saved by anyone – especially her wealthy ranching neighbor and forever a thorn in her paw, Chance Braxton. The serious, way-too-handsome cowboy has starred in too many of her fantasies, but he still sees her as a heart-broken girl. She’s a woman now, and she’s determined to prove everyone wrong: She can save her ranch and rebuild her father’s legacy…alone. 

When Chance proposes, Josie’s problems are just beginning. So why does her pulse kick up every time he rides by and tips his Stetson?

Titles in the Blood Brothers series include – True Blue Cowboy – Homeward Bound Cowboy –

Title:  True Blue Cowboy
Series:  Blood Brothers #1
Author:  Debra Holt
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  February 3, 2020
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

True Blue Cowboy begins the Blood Brothers series with a story that grabbed my emotions early on and never let go.  Let’s address those emotions because they flew by like a roller coaster ride.  Chance has been in love with Josie for years yet she only had eyes for his careless, player brother Devlin so Chance is well accustomed to being firmly in the friend-zone, the one who picks her heart up off the ground when Dev breaks it once again.  Now, after her mother’s sudden death Josie is facing the reality that the ranch is backed by loans that Chance is covering, her mother strongly wanted a union between the neighboring ranches going as far as getting a ‘facing death’ promise from Chance that he and Josie would marry… and the always present draw to the truly bad boy brother who never fails lets her down.  So, yeah, there are emotions all over the place in True Blue Cowboy.

Being the first story in a new series there is world-building in this one, there has to be so it wasn’t unexpected for me and wasn’t the least overwhelming.  Josie and Chance have personalities that are strong, stubborn, and will have some readers pulling their hair out or yelling at the book – I think I did both.  Not in a bad way, simply knowing if these two actually “talked” to each other their troubles could be rather easily resolved but, of course, they went their own ways and mistakes, misunderstandings resulted.  Watching them grow together, for Josie to begin to see Dev with wide-open eyes, and seeing Chance in a different light was an enjoyable journey.  Now Dev… *sigh*.  I know we’ll get this player’s story one day in the series and I’m really looking forward to that for I hope karma comes along and takes a huge bite out of his arrogant, careless arse.  I really do.  I think there’s a good man hiding somewhere in Dev and it will take the right woman for that man to show himself – and I expect fireworks when that happens.

In all, True Blue Cowboy is a marriage of convenience story with old friends who learn to see each other with different eyes.  I enjoyed myself very much in this world and will definitely be back for more.  If you love a good, solid romance with characters you may not love deeply at first but will grow on you as time moves on – then you’ll want to start the Blood Brothers series right now and get in on the beginning of what promises to be an intriguing series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. 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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