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5 stars for Cowboy Ely (Book 7, Cooper’s Hawke Landing) by @RLCarver #westernromance #laterinlife

Title: Cowboy Ely (Book 7, Cooper’s Hawke Landing)

Author: Rhonda Lee Carver

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance, Later-in-Life Romance

Book Blurb:

To really move forward, sometimes it takes going back to the very beginning.

Trying to escape a bad relationship, and desperate to find a safe place for her daughter, Megan Nash returns to Cooper’s Hawk. Down-on-her-luck, she has no other choice but to ask her estranged father-in-law for help. He still blames her for the accident that killed his son, but learning that he has a granddaughter, he offers them a roof over their heads…just until Megan can get back on her feet. Yet, being civil isn’t part of the bargain.

Her patience will be tested.

Ely Dutton has physically healed from a mortar blast that left him injured and scarred, but he’s still on the mend mentally. Realizing hiding away in an isolated cabin on a mountain isn’t helping, he decided to go back to his childhood home. He accepts the position as Sheriff, because a man has to live. He likes things simple, so when an old connection is sparked with Megan, he attempts to ignore his attraction.

A relationship, especially with a single mother, isn’t part of his five-year plan.

Further complicating what should have been an easy job as Sheriff, he must shed light on a mysterious death that is connected to Megan. As new clues are exposed, so are the secret layers of her past.

In a quest to navigate their new lives and old demons, Megan and Ely will learn to trust, love with all their hearts, and let go of hurtful ties.

My Review:

Two hearts in need of healing learn trust is the soil upon which love grows. Ely has come home to Cooper’s Hawk to not only start a new life as Sheriff but heal mentally from his time overseas. He’s found a place to live and is starting to feel at home when Megan crashes into his life. They get off on the wrong foot, but he soon realizes she’s like a skittish colt, ready to bolt at any moment. He tries to ignore his attraction to her but to no avail. Heaven help him, he’s falling in love with her. When he’s forced to investigate the accident which killed Megan’s husband and his high school friend, Bray, years ago, will he be compelled to lay charges against the woman he loves? Can he and Megan both let go of the past and forge a future together?

Cowboy Ely is a western romance featuring two later-in-life characters who against all odds find love. I’m becoming a big fan of later-in-life romance. I’m a firm believer that it’s important to show people older than thirty find love and have great amounts of passion. Cowboy Ely is also about coming home, healing from past hurts, and moving on. I connected with both Ely and Megan right away. Both are dealing with trauma, each in their own way. Their journey, both together and apart, was an emotional one and irresistible to read. The plot moved at a great pace with new and old characters in this series to interact with. The romance unfolded naturally and full of steamy good times. The descriptive narration pulls the reader into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Cowboy Ely and I can’t wait to read the next couple in this series. Yes, this is book seven in the Cooper’s Hawk series, but it can be read on its own. Fans of western romance will love Cowboy Ely. 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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