When librarian Anna Kenner wakes up in the hospital, she’s stunned to learn that she’s been in a coma for a week, and her life has been turned upside down. Anna has always been quiet and self-reliant, but now she must ask for help. To make matters worse, the man she’s coming to rely on is a casual friend from high school, whom she always wished could be more. As Roman helps her recover, Anna wonders if this time she will be braver and have a different outcome—Roman in her arms.
Dr. Roman McQueen leads a busy life between his work at the hospital and his time spent at his family’s Montana ranch. And yet, he finds himself sitting night after night at Anna’s bedside reading her a mystery and hoping that somehow she knows that, even though she has no family, she is not alone. When Anna wakes and begins the long process of recovery, Roman finds himself by her side. He tells himself he’s being a friend even as he tries not to notice how her kindness, quiet wit and subtle beauty make him dream that someday they can have more.
Title: A Cowboy’s Kiss
Series: Once Upon A Cowboy #2
Author: Trish Milburn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 20, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
A Cowboy’s Kiss is a slow burning, friends to more, character driven romance that is emotional and will bring out the laughter, the tears and the happy endings we all love so much. Anna and Roman knew of each other since they attended the same school yet they ran in far different circles. Anna was the stereotypical quiet, shy librarian and never ever looked for anything for free or beyond her reach – in any sense of those words. Roman came from a well to do ranching family yet he found his calling in the medical world and helped out on the ranch. In the usual course of life their paths might never have crossed or only slightly and quickly forgotten… right up until the night of an accident that changed lives.
I don’t believe you can walk away from A Cowboy’s Kiss without becoming emotionally attached to Anna and Roman… especially Anna. His watching over her as she is in the coma and his being there for her during the recovery of her injuries speaks volumes of the feelings he has for her, even if they aren’t fully defined in his head and heart yet. Anna has been raised believing that hope for something more, something better is simply beyond reach for her. Her Grandmother’s words laid a strong foundation of never expecting anything more than what you have now, of never, ever asking for help and never believing you are worth anyone’s attention. Roman’s tender care for her, his offering of at least friendship and perhaps more opens doors that Anna is not used to walking through. Watching Anna grow, believe, and truly bloom is an emotional and wondrous experience.
If you love retellings then you’d recognize a bit of Sleeping Beauty here… but nonetheless, A Cowboy’s Kiss is a charming, emotional romance of two people who belong they simply have to make that discovery and be willing to take the risks that loving someone else involves.
*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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