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5 stars for Always on My Mind by @andidowning #westernromance #romance #bookreview

Title: Always on My Mind

Author: Andrea Downing

Genre: Vintage Western Romance (70's)

Book Blurb:

1972 - Vietnam, the pill, upheaval, hippies.

Wyoming rancher Cooper Byrnes, deeply attached to the land and his way of life, surprises everyone when he falls for vagabond hippie Cassie Halliday. Fascinated and baffled, he cannot comprehend his attraction—or say the words she wants to hear.

Cassie finds Coop intriguingly different. As she keeps house for him and warms his bed at night, she admits to herself she loves him but she misinterprets Coop's inability to express his feelings. Parted, each continues to think of the other, but how can either of them reach out to say, "You were 'always on my mind'?"

My Review:

Trigger warning: There is an attempted rape scene that could be hard for some to read.

Ground-breaking in terms of romance writing. No romance in the past can compare to this work.

There is a definite connection between Coop and Cassie from the moment they set eyes on each other. The truism, opposites attract, is redefined here. The two of them could be cast in the remake of the Bickersons if Hollywood wants to take it in a western approach. It was remarkable how the two of them could go from arguing to snuggling to yelling, to cuddling to arguing to lovemaking. One raised to not realize love is a four-letter word and the other too young to realize that either can use the word first.

A tumultuous relationship that shows real heat can come from combustion. In the theme of the Western, it can be shown that once more, in this case, the lass gets her man. Compelling, a very easy read. Will keep the reader on edge of their seat and tug on their heartstrings.

A book recommended to all the fans of today's conflict-filled bestsellers that are hotter than ever today.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

A native New Yorker who has spent most of her life drinking tea in the U.K., Andrea Downing now gets her coffee from Zabars in New York or drinks Jackson Hole Coffee in Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, and rodeo is reflected in award-winning and best-selling historical and contemporary western romances.

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Twitter: @andidowning

Reviewed by: Mr. N

1 Comment

Unknown member
Mar 12, 2020

As we say in Britain, I'm really chuffed. Thank you so much for a super, insightful review. I greatly appreciate it.

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