Clay Stevens desperately wants to reclaim his grandfather’s land, using the latest techniques to bring water to the arid landscape. The last thing he needs is wild wolves on his ranch—even if they are brought there by feisty and determined conservation officer Lacey Montgomery.
Lacey is convinced that the ranchers and the Lobos can co-exist until Clay’s nephew and his friends cause a landslide that injures some rare Mexican wolf pups and Lacey gets hurt too.
Clay and Lacey have to work together to heal old wounds and reconcile community factions if they’re going to have any chance at the bright future they both envision.
Titles in the Wild Cowboy Country series include – Wild Cowboy Country –
*Erin Marsh also writes as Laurel Kerr (that’s no secret and can easily be found) – you may notice a connection to her (LK) ‘Where the Wild Hearts Are‘ series titles ‘Wild on My Mind‘ and ‘Sweet Wild of Mine‘ set in the same town and share a unique zoo 🙂 or… it may encourage you to go look up those other books*
Title: Wild Cowboy Country
Series: Wild Cowboy Country #1
Author: Erin Marsh (also writes as Laurel Kerr)
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: July 28, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
‘Wild Cowboy Country‘ is a bit unique in the Modern Western Romance genre in that you’ll not only discover a sexy cowboy falling in love but some pretty amazing, often endangered animals being reintroduced to the wild or at least playing a large part in the plot. It didn’t take long for me to be totally hooked on this new series, and I’m betting that you’ll want more, too.
Before the actual review gets started let me clear up something that may confuse some readers, for ‘Wild Cowboy Country‘ does indeed at times read as though we should know certain people, animals, or events. That’s because this new series, under the Erin Marsh pen name, is set in the same town as Laurel Kerr’s ‘Where the Wild Hearts Are‘ series – same writer, two pen names. I’ve read the Laurel Kerr stories and would highly recommend them for they are good stories, and you’ll understand the underlying connections between the two series a bit better. Do you have to in order to enjoy this one? No, of course not. But a good story is always a treat so if you can I’d check out ‘Where the Wild Hearts Are‘ as well.
There are divisions in the small town of Sagebrush Flats, and Clay falls strongly on one side, Lacey firmly on the other. There are reasons, small towns being what they are – where everyone knows your business, even if they get it wrong. But right now the town’s golden girl, Lacey is determined to reestablish endangered wolves in the area, and some ranchers, Clay included, want nothing of wolves around their animals, endangered or not. A line is drawn in the sand for both sides. A standoff of sorts, until teens thinking they’re ‘helping’ the situation (or just getting into trouble) will cause major damage that not only gets the rare wolf pups hurt, but Lacey is injured as well.
Because ‘Wild Cowboy Country‘ isn’t your usual ‘cowboy romance’ I’m not going into any more details – you really need to fall into this world on your own. I’ll not steal one single chuckle, gasp, laugh, or tear from you as you get to know an amazing couple and the animals in their lives. I can say that you’ll enjoy yourself completely and be wishing for more. I had a blast, got to know Clay and Lacey well enough to understand their differences and celebrate when they found a way to merge their ways of thinking. If you’ve read the ‘Where the Wild Hearts Are‘ series, get ready to visit with some familiar faces.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca 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.*
Available in paperback, audio, or your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle