Title: The Texas Cowboy: A Western (Return to Folly Book 1)
Author: Linda Nightingale
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
When Ash Colter was twelve, his mother divorced his cattle baron father and whisked him away to raise in her native England. Sixteen years later, when his father dies, he inherits Marathon Ranch. Running a 1,000-acre spread famous for the best Black Angus cattle in the great state of Texas is the biggest challenge he’s ever faced…until he meets a pert, pretty, and sassy ranch hand who seems to have her own agenda for his ranch. Unfortunately, she makes his spurs go jingle-jangle-jingle like no one else ever has! Trish Owens is a real cowgirl, a loner, and, though she’d never admit it, a little lonely. When the “English Cowboy” appears on the scene, her entire way of life is threatened, not only her job, but her beloved Quarter horses. She’s sure he plans to import his thoroughbred horses from England. Worst of all is the chemistry sizzling between them. He makes feelings she thought long dead awaken. Can these two unwilling allies set aside their differences to put Marathon Ranch in the Winner’s Circle…and to fall in love?
Hang onto your hats, this is a barn burner of a western romance! Ash may have chestnut hair but only helps him to be hot stuff to the opposite sex. The book takes the unusual tack from youth to man. Normally you would have to use spurs to get a jump like this, but here it's a smooth ride.
There are enough geometric shapes here to keep everyone happy. Several of the seven deadly sins are well represented in this excellent read. Love may be strong, but greed has a certain strength too. Ash is a superb lead character. Trish is probably my fave character.
Fans of cowboy romance will want to round up this book before sundown. Fans of horse books with romance will want to get in the saddle with this one. Fans of movies made by the big H will love this book. A fun and easy read with just the right amount of angst to go around.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Linda is grateful to have lived an interesting life—from breeding and showing Andalusian horses to working for a Circuit Judge in SC. She has two wonderful sons--one in England, one in Houston. She currently resides in SC. She has won some prestigious awards for her writing, including the GRW Magnolia Award for Excellence (the Maggie) and SARA. She loves formal dresses and formal affairs. Find out more about her on her website and various social media. She’d enjoy hearing from you via Contact on her website.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N