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review 2018-12-05 14:13
ARC REVIEW The Last True Cowboy by Laura Drake

 

The Last True Cowboy (Chestnut Creek, #1)Chestnut Creek #1, This is a new author for me and I am so glad I picked this one up. It amazed me how real this book seemed to me, how emotionally this book pulled me in and the citizens of Unforgiven are right Carly and Austin are better than T.V. I also loved that this book took place in New Mexico, as much as I love my home state of Texas it's nice to see NM get some attention. 


Carly and Austin have been together since Kindergarten and shared the same dreams through it all until Carly didn't any more. At twenty-nine Carly figured she'd be married already with babies already but Austin first love is the rodeo and his "one more year" got to be one year too many. Unfortunately for Carly no one believes that she's serious that she had it with Austin, so in a fit of rebelliousness she buys a motorcycle, and then she goes of to Albuquerque to let off some steam. Austin has a hard time reconciling the fact that Carly means business and after he realizes it he's left at a loss and this time there is no more "one more year" he leaves the rodeo and now he left floundering, wondering if he can achieve his dream without Carly.

Overall, this is probably one of the best second chance books I've read in awhile. The old adage, If you love something let it go, fits in nicely with this story. I love that Carly and Austin had to grow up apart from each other to find out who they really were as adults and not just love sick kidds. This is a sweet and sexy story that plays with your heartstrings. First person that switches between Carly and Austin mostly Carly at the beginning but as the book goes on you see more and more of Austin's POV. Carly's past of self discovery is quite amusing and I love Nevada, I'm glad she's getting her own book.         

 
 

 

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review 2018-11-09 21:49
A True Cowboy Christmas
A True Cowboy Christmas - Caitlin Crews
Gray has a lot on his mind now that his father is no longer in the picture. They have just finished with the last of the funeral proceeding and instead of mourning, Gray’s mind is on trying to keep his family’s homestead. With his brother’s back, Gray explains to them that the ranch has been and always will be his home. Being a single father, his sibling can’t understand why Gray would choose this lifestyle for himself or his teen daughter. Frustrated, Gray decides that perhaps it is time for him to find another wife.
 
It’s funny when Gray tackles this issue. Gray is not looking for love or an emotional bond with his new wife, he is looking for a partner to share the load. A woman who is used to the harsh conditions, someone who can handle farm life and someone who won’t ask much from him. He finds that someone just down the road, a girl he has known all his life but failed to actually “see her.” He immediately goes to her house and inquires about marriage. Abby, of course is shocked at what Gray is asking of her and she has lots of questions. Gray doesn’t know it yet, but Abby has been crushing on Gray for years so inside her heart is pounding. I’m cracking up as I read their conversation and finally it is decided, that she needs some time to think his question over.
 
Abby lives with grandma and this woman is a sweetheart. Grandma tells it like it is and gives Abby some great advice throughout the novel. Abby decides to marry Gray and their ceremony will be small. Gray’s daughter is delighted that her father is getting married again and she welcomes Abby into the ranch without reservations. Both of these adults come into this marriage with issues. Their parents have played an important role in their lives and how significant that is, impacts their marriage. I liked how Abby stuck to her true self and how they both did some soul-searching within themselves to help change the situation.
 
This novel stuck with me as I read it, I had a hard time putting it down once I started as I needed to know how things progressed. I liked how the characters got emotional and this novel got steamy at times as they got comfortable. 4.5 stars
 
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2018-11-02 14:52
A True Cowboy Christmas - Caitlin Crews

This one was hard to stick with. It was slow and the characters had some hang ups that I thought dragged it down some. She was quick to believe everything was wrong with her and that everyone thought the worst of her, yet they never actually did. I liked the concept, the passion was good, but the plot was slow. The culmination of the conflict at the end was great; it had strong emotional tension and angst, but his role reversal from I can’t love you to I love you seemed a bit extreme. I’m glad he had an epiphany about what he actually wanted from his life, but I think he was so stubborn about it for much too long. Overall I had a hard time wanting to keep with the story but I am glad that Abby got her happily ever after and her Christmas.  

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review 2018-10-31 03:00
Good story with a very emotional ending for me
A True Cowboy Christmas - Caitlin Crews

This is actually 4 1/2 stars for me. I enjoyed the story, but the emotional ending brought it up the 1/2 star more. Abby and Gray have their secrets and their pasts that threaten their relationship. I loved the fact that Abby and Gray are not in their 20's. This gave them more of a past to have to work through. The darkness in Gray was a bit daunting and held me back from liking him at the start. With Abby trying to make him see the truth brought him around, and that's when the tears begin. I recommend this story.

I received an ARC of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-10-30 17:36
Cold River Ranch #1
A True Cowboy Christmas - Caitlin Crews

Cowboys and Christmas, a yummy combination. This first book in the Cold River Ranch series features Gray and Abby, and is full of romance, family, and of course, plenty of angst. Abby has loved Gray for a lifetime, but it might not be enough to tear down Gray's walls. The story does have its dark side, but it's also full of wonderful characters and despite their differences, this pair is perfectly suited. The writing style and wonderfully vivid scenes keep the pages turning for a hard to put down story. I would've liked to have seen more holiday in the book, especially with Christmas in the title, but all in all, A True Cowboy Christmas is a great start to the series. 

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