A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody’s business. Cooper Owens also wasn’t born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can’t make himself turn away. . .
P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered―and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee’s come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can’t believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister…and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth―and keep her safe in his arms.
Title: Looking For A Cowboy
Series: Heart of Texas #5
Author: Donna Grant
Genre: Modern Western Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published: October 27, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Looking For A Cowboy is the fifth title in the Heart of Texas series and brings us a mystery to solve and two, perhaps, unlikely people to watch fall in love along the way. This is not a sweet, cute-meet cowboy romance as you’ll quickly discover – there is intense emotional pain in this story, a crime (ongoing) that is heinous, to say the least, and a mystery to solve as well as stopping a crime ring. There were parts of this story that were not easy to read, for me, but needed to be told to tell the entire story. This is one of those times that I don’t see how a reader cannot be somehow affected by the story beyond the romance involved.
Cooper had, let’s call it a thunderbolt moment when he met Marlee – that moment of completely believing he’d just met the woman he’d spend the rest of his life with… now he just has to convince her. Lust, at first sight, would probably be Marlee’s reaction to meeting Cooper, or it would be if she wasn’t planning on using him to further her investigation into bringing down an infant selling crime ring. A ring she believes his neighbors and friends are involved in. Cross-purposes much?
Aside from Marlee’s initial plans for Cooper, we’ll soon find the entire family helping in Marlee’s investigation – with some surprising results that no one expected or suspected was happening in their small home town. A dangerous situation only gets worse the more they learn… and the increased danger is only drawing Cooper and Marlee closer day by day.
And anything more, any other details should be discovered firsthand as you dive into Looking For A Cowboy for yourself.
This story is intense on many levels but there is also time for two people to begin their own journey of falling in love in spite of circumstances going on around them. We get to run into old book friends from previous stories and get a bit caught up on what’s happened in their lives. If this is where you’re starting then I’d say that Cooper and Marlee’s story stands on its own quite well, but the earlier stories are just as entertaining so I’d suggest going back for them if possible.
If you enjoy a really good Romantic Suspense tale, solving puzzles, while watching two people fall in love and enjoy a large cast of characters, then you’ll feel right at home in Looking For A Cowboy.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press 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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