Jenna Owens wants one thing for her birthday this year: a fairy-tale ending of her own and a little relaxation at a quaint California ranch. What she didn’t want was to get caught in a storm on her way to Meadow Valley. Or to get stuck with a ridiculously hot, too-charming-for-his-own-good cowboy—one who makes Jenna reconsider her “I don’t date younger guys” rule. But a little vacation flirtation might be just what she needs.
Colt Morgan isn’t interested in long-term relationships. Not since his last one crashed and burned after his fiancée found out he wanted a big family. So when he learns that Jenna has a list of items to accomplish on her trip—including having a fling—Colt is all too happy to oblige. Yet the more he and Jenna get to know each other, the more Colt starts to wonder if maybe they have a chance at a real future. But when Jenna’s past upends everything Colt thought he wanted, are all bets off? Or will they find a way to make both their dreams come true?
Connecting Series — Titles in the Crossroads Ranch series include — Second Chance Cowboy – Saved by the Cowboy #1.5 – Tough Luck Cowboy – Hard Loving Cowboy
Includes the bonus novella Sealed with a Kiss by Melinda Curtis!
Title: Only A Cowboy Will Do
Series: Meadow Valley Ranch #3
Author: A.J. Pine
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: March 30, 2021
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Sometimes a story comes along that just overflows with all the emotional feels I could ever ask for from a book. This time that book is Only A Cowboy Will Do, the third title in the Meadow Valley Ranch series (which is a connection to the Crossroads Ranch series). There are reasons why I’ll almost always mention that I prefer reading a series from start to finish in order, Colt and Jenna are a good example of that reasoning, for me at least. We’ve had bits and pieces of their lives in other stories, now this older woman / younger man couple come together in a flash of emotion, almost insta-love, in a story filled with laughter, family, and a secret that may stop what’s happening between Colt and Jenna before it ever becomes official… if they let it. If this is your first time in Meadow Valley, don’t worry you’ll not miss anything important but the background from reading the other stories adds so much to this particular romance couple for me.
Jenna is off on a gifted vacation from her three nephews that she’s raised by herself. The first vacation in a very, very long time and Jenna has made herself a list of things to tick off during that vacation – including one vacation fling just for the fun of it. Little did she expect that this fling would lead her to the man she could love for a lifetime. There’s just one thing that could shatter that dream, the secret that she hasn’t found the courage to tell Colt just yet.
I’ve loved the Crossroads Ranch/Meadow Valley Ranch world for a while now, I enjoy the way that even though we’ve moved on to another series we never truly lose track or connections with old friends… like Jenna and Colt. I had such a good time with Only A Cowboy Will Do. The situation is realistic, the characters believable (often I felt like I knew some through other people in my life), and the situation they find themselves in while might be heartbreaking for some, in reality, it also opens up possibilities. I try not to do spoilers in reviews, yet the situation that Colt and Jenna faced is a reality for so many people, and watching them fall in love, that reveal, and seeing how love can reform into a family was an emotional journey.
If you love a really good love story where the happy ending is hard-fought for but worth it… then you’d enjoy not just Only A Cowboy Will Do but this entire series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Forever 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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