Title: Cowboy Luke (Book 5, Cooper’s Hawke Landing Series)
Author: Rhonda Lee Carver
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Two stubborn firefighters are faced with an uncontainable blaze inside their hearts. Can they withstand the heat?
What’s a woman to do to get over a lying, cheating ex-husband? She finds a cowboy-firefighter like Luke “Mug” Foster as salve to her open wounds. He’s exactly what the “heart” doctor ordered. Tall, dark, handsome, and eager to stoke her fire. But what happens when Jady Pierce starts to have feelings for him? She runs before she loses herself to another heartbreak. People couldn’t be trusted, and she’d learned that lesson through a long list of men who’d done her dirty.
Jady was back in Cooper’s Hawke. Last year, she’d swept in, turned Mug inside out, then disappeared without a word. Story of his life. He wouldn’t lose himself in her again, yet there was something about her that he found challenging and exciting. To get to the “real” Jady, he’d have to chisel through some tough layers. She was carrying around a lot of pain…and not just from a cheating ex and a bum childhood.
She’d be sticking around town for a while when she accepted the Sheriff duties, but how would she keep her feelings for Mug in check? He had a hold over her and she could feel her walls crumbling.
An abandoned baby, secrets from the past, and a handsome cowboy will have Jady slowly gaining trust as she finds peace, emotion and joy in the small town that she’d once hated. However, she isn’t the only one with a few demons to exterminate.
Jady Pierce is back in Cooper's Hawk and she's none too pleased to be back. After her cheating ex-husband's betrayal, she wound up in the arms of Luke 'Mug' Foster. But when she started feeling things she didn't want to ever feel again, she bolted in the dead of night. She's returned to sell her father's property after his death and then leave. The last thing she wants to do is put down roots, especially in a town that holds so many bad memories. When she's asked to fill in for the sheriff for a while, she reluctantly accepts. Luke keeps hanging around, hoping to buy the property she wants to unload. He stirs her heart with passion and her body remembers all too well how skilled his fingers are. A young mother abandons her baby and Jady works overtime to help her. Jady reveals some secrets from the past to Luke and the more she's around him, the more Cooper's Hawk feels like home. Will Jady finally find peace in the same place where she experienced such pain, or will she bolt when Luke needs her most?
Cowboy Luke is a cowboy second chance romance I read in one sitting. The first chapter alone gutted me emotionally, and I cried for Jady. When the one you trust most in the world betrays you, like what happened to Jady, you close yourself off to others. The bitterness, fear, heartbreak, sadness, and starting anew are realistically portrayed in Cowboy Luke through emotional narration. The chemistry between Jady and Luke is simmering just below the surface. I kept rooting for them to work it out. But what makes Cowboy Luke such an incredible read is the selfless acts Jady show towards the townsfolk, specifically the young mother. There's also the theme of family which Rhonda Lee Carver propels throughout the plot. I truly loved reading Cowboy Luke. The setting is heartwarming, the townsfolk have secured a place in my heart, and the romance swept me away to Cooper's Hawk. This is fast becoming my favorite series to read. If you're a romance reader like me, you're going to love Cowboy Luke. If you're in need of a book boyfriend, Luke is your man. If you love heartbroken souls in need of healing, pick up Cowboy Luke. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Rhonda Lee Carver is a bestselling author of romance. Her first love was a cowboy she'd read in a novel and has been her inspiration ever since. Fun Fact: She wrote a rough draft of a story on a dirty napkin while sitting in a parking lot after buying diapers for her newborn. That was her first published story in 2010. She's written over eighty novels since. Her kids are the center of her world, her animals are her babies, and her fictional characters fill her heart. She has a soft spot for cowboys, small towns, and taking readers down an emotional journey that ends with a happily ever after. Writing for Rhonda is like falling in love and finding a new best friend over and over again. Allow her stories into your heart too.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N