A family tragedy launched Drew Neisson, the middle son of a prominent Oregon ranching family, into a career in medicine. He specializes in emergency sports medicine and is proud to be part of a mobile clinic on the rodeo circuit. But when the local rodeo kicks off, he’s tasked with keeping a visiting bucking bronc rider safe or else his clinic will lose a major donor. Playing babysitter is no fun, especially when his temporary client is distractingly beautiful and a daredevil who makes his own heart pound.
Determined to escape the shadow of her childhood illness and overprotective family, Texas heiress Peyton Halliday joins the Buckin’ Babes—a touring reality show where cowgirls ride broncs and dare each other into one thrilling adventure after another. Peyton revels in the challenge and freedom until a too-handsome doctor wants to play killjoy.
Drew wants to keep the fiery cowgirl safe, but Peyton has another idea—can she encourage her new sidekick to explore his wild side?
Title: The Cowboy Doctor
Series: Rodeo Romeos #4
Author: Leah Vale
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: August 3, 2021
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
We continue the Rodeo Romeos series with the fourth title, The Cowboy Doctor – and this one was such fun. Drew is, perhaps, understandably cautious in life, especially where someone’s health and safety are concerned. Peyton has had enough of being treated with kid gloves and has set out on a freeing adventure with the Buckin’ Babes. She’s cutting loose and fancy-free and no handsome doctor is going to put a damper on her joy in life right now… but perhaps she can convince him to ditch the seriousness and do a little cutting loose of his own.
Sometimes people run from the past in unusual ways, and that is exactly what Payton and Drew are doing right now. What seems like totally opposite mindsets really is, at the core, their fear of how their respective pasts have shaped them into the thrill-seeker and overly cautious folks they are today. This couple is not a typical opposite attract couple than they’ll ever admit to, at least at first. I enjoyed them both for different reasons and loved watching them fight their way to meeting in the middle where their true selves really thrived.
The Cowboy Doctor delivers a thoughtful, engaging romance where Drew and Payton can grow and come to realize that their one-way only mindset can handle a little adjustment when the right person for them comes along. Sizzling chemistry and a likable couple make this story one you won’t want to pass up. As always, I do suggest that you read this series in order, but it’s not absolutely necessary if that option is just not possible. I had fun here, enjoyed stepping back into this world, and am now waiting for what comes next from this author.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher. 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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