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5 stars for Cowboy August by @RLCarver #westernromance #cowboyromance #bookreview

Title: Cowboy August (Book 6, Cooper’s Hawke Landing Series)

Author: Rhonda Lee Carver

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Book Blurb:

Over her dead body would she allow her grandmother to give the family farm to a cocky cowboy. So, Tobi Saint dropped everything and headed to Cooper’s Hawk, a place she swore she wouldn’t step foot in again, but the vague call she received concerned her.

August West had lived a lot of places in his lifetime, but none had felt more like home than Cooper’s Hawk. He was back and liked working on River Saint Farm. The owner, Isobella, had taken him under her wing and treated him like her own. As her health started to decline, she asked for his help in convincing Tobi to take over the farm. He wanted no part of the scheme. His memory of Tobi involved a kiss behind the barn a second before she punched him in the nose.

Yet, how could he deny helping Isobella?

The old chemistry remained between August and Tobi. Things start to heat up and a fiery kiss between old friends leads to a moment that changes everything.

He found himself unraveling. For the first time he saw a chance at a future. A chance at love. But there was more to Tobi than met the eye. She’d been hurt by everyone she loved and to find his way into her heart he’d have to shovel through a brick wall.

The deeper he dug the harder it became, but love was worth fighting for…

My Review:

Returning home wasn’t in Tobi’s plan but may just be what she needs to heal past hurts. Tobi Saint left Cooper’s Hawk when she was a teen and promised herself she’d never go back. A strange call from her gran prompts her to drop everything to see what’s happening on her gran’s property. According to her gran, August, a childhood friend, is a lifesaver and her gran is going to sell the farm to him. Thinking August is taking advantage of her gran’s kindness, she rushes in, making snap judgments. August, it turns out, is beyond sexy and very distracting. He’s also honest, hard-working, and sets her straight on her misconceptions. Before she realizes it, she’s fallen for him. Devastating news hits her and she’s shaken to the core. Worse part is that August knew all along. Betrayed, broken, and alone, Tobi must figure out what to do. Can she forgive August and submit to his love, or will she run away to avoid getting hurt again?

Cowboy August is a heartwarming story about second chances, coming home, finding where you belong, and love. This is another great installment in this series and I read this in one sitting. I totally fell for Gran and her undying love for her granddaughter. August is another character I instantly connected with. It took me a while to warm up to Tobi, but once I got through her walls of self-preservation, I saw her for the sweet yet insecure woman she is. My heart went out to her when she discovered the truth, and I even cried a little. There are a lot of lessons in this story along with one helluva hot romance. Rhonda Lee Carver is a master when it comes to writing heartfelt small-town cowboy romance. It’s more than just heat, though. It’s all about heart. The plot moved at a great pace with plenty of steamy moments. The romance was kind of second chance romance but also not. They shared a kiss in their teens but then she moved away. If you’re a fan of small-town western romance, pick up Cowboy August. If you’re looking for an emotional coming home story, pick up Cowboy August. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Rhonda Lee Carver is a bestselling author of contemporary western and romantic suspense, but she loves to write other genres too. She’s known for writing stories that keep readers laughing, crying, gripping the edge of their seats, and screaming all in one riding a virtual roller coaster. Whether she's creating sexy cowboys or tough guys, or sassy, independent heroines, readers are sure to find strong, powerful, memorable characters that are relatable.

By day, she taps into her creative, fictional world but at some point she transitions back into reality where she's a volleyball-stands cheerleader, homework virtuoso (at least she thinks so), amateur nurse to skinned knees, mediocre chef with some awesome microwave skills, pet-guru (all the strays show up at her house), and a Jackie of all trades for her kids who are the loves of her life. Yoga and chocolate keep her sane. Hallmark movies require cuddling up with tissues because she can be emotional. She adds a sprinkle of her own real-life adventures in each story she spins because a little truth never hurt anyone. She wouldn’t give up one thing in her crazy, chaotic, ever-amusing life, except, she might do magic tricks for the bungalow on the beach she's had her eye on (GOALS).

Writing for Rhonda is like falling in love and finding a new best friend over and over again. Her characters will find a place inside your heart too.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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