I don’t have any manifest destiny dreams. I wasn’t one of those girls who had horse toys. I definitely have never owned cowboy boots. In other words, I am not prone to Western fantasies or cowboy dreams. I give you these comments to help you understand my complete neutrality on the topic of Cowboys in contemporary romance.
An academic at heart, I found myself doing a thorough literature review on the subject. It turns out there is a substantial chunk of cowboy romances. Within the genre, there are notable trends: amongst them alpha cowboys, easy cowboys, and cowboys with babies. I also learned that cowboys come with a few key features: height, hats, and hearts. A cowboy might seem gruff but underneath his heart can go gooey for the right woman.
I also learned something else. My tolerance for badly written cowboy books is fairly low. I might be low-standards for Sport Romance, but a cowboy book better be good for me to make it through.
My Favorite Cowboy by Donna Grant is just that book. As a romance reader, if anyone gives you an argument about the low quality of the genre, throw Grant’s My Favorite Cowboy at them (maybe right where it hurts). This is a very well-written, well-plotted romance novel. The cover makes you think this is like all the off-brand Cowboy hottie books. Sure there is a cowboy. He is hot. However, this book is sort of a thriller, about some poor horses who are in danger. In all, this book is an exemplar of the genre, everything a Romance aficionado wants, great character; careful believable build up to the romance, hot sex, and then a happy ending. High recommend this book, even if cowboys aren’t your particular niche of romance. It’s compelling sexy and romantic. (It’s brand-spanking new, published on 2/26/2019. So you can grab it on Amazon or suggest your library acquires it).
Need a couple more enjoyable well-written Cowboy books:
- The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay: Cowboy-like architecture falls for book lover
- Duncan’s Bride by Linda Howard: Cranky cowboy fights finding love
- Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates: Long time friends find love
- Second Chance Cowboy by A.J. Pine: Old flames find each other again.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I asked for the book on my own and was thrilled to receive the gift.