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Posted July 13, 2013
My Rating: ¿¿¿½ GOOD: The characteristics of a 3 heart book
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GOOD: The characteristics of a 3 heart book include: interesting characters, a decent storyline, and unique story elements; there was something about the story that I didn’t completely connect with; the book is a solid read. I would recommend it to a friend.
This book was provided by the author for an honest review.
Make Mine A Cowboy is about a woman who finds an unexpected passion and love with a gorgeous, flirty, and playboy cowboy in the beautiful vista of Bandera, Texas.
Mesa Arraguso is a western erotic romance author who travels from Los Angeles, California to San Antonio, Texas to attend a writers conference being held in the area.
Mesa's first two books made the best sellers list but her third book flopped...badly. So, Mesa figured that she would kick start her writing muse by visiting the surrounding area for inspiration. Unfortunately, automation was not on her side when the rental car she was using ran out of gas. Adding insult to injury, a torrential downpour started soon after the car stalled. Stuck, alone, and in a place that she did not know, Mesa is at a loss for what to do next since her cellphone has zero reception bars. But, she does not have the luxury of time to make a decision. Her car is sitting in a gully that is quickly filling with water. Mesa knows that she has to get out of the car. Just as her mind settles on the fact that she is getting ready to get soaked in the elements, she hears a light tapping on her window. Startled, she is instantly on guard when she turns to face a cowboy who is on the outside of the car and trying to alert her about her predicament.
Mesa is wary because he is a stranger but she is also aroused because the cowboy is absolutely gorgeous. Allowing him to help her out of the car, Mesa settles behind him on his horse and he trudges back to his family's ranch. Her attraction growing for him each step of the way.
Little did Mesa know that her destination would change the course of the rest of future.
Overall, I really enjoyed Make Mine A Cowboy. It was a fun, sexy, and quick read that had a hot cowboy. Well actually...LOTS of hot cowboys. Mesa and Joel sizzled together and I appreciated the interaction between all the characters, especially matchmaking momma Nina.
Although I enjoyed, there were moments of implausibility that had me shaking my head just a bit.
Nina had nine sons and a husband...10 men in all so I'm sure that she was privy to some conversations that would spin any red-blooded woman's head. However, Joel was just a bit too candid with her on a couple of occasions where I thought to myself, never would have happened in real life. Nina is telling Joel that she wants him and his brothers to settle down and advising him that he could he could be looking at his soul mate in Mesa. His reply is:
"Soul mate? Mom, I'm only thinking of fuc@#ing her for a few days, not marrying her."
Nina's reply was a calm:
"You never know. She might get under your skin so fast you won't know what hit you. Love works in mysterious ways sometimes."
She didn't chastise or correct him...just continued the conversation without even telling him that he needed to respect Mesa as more than a fu@#. I just didn't buy that she would be so benign about his regard for Mesa.
A similar situation happened after Joel and Mesa had sex and Mesa was angry at Joel because of his casual regard for their loving. She demanded that he take her back to the lodge. Both angry, she stomped into the lodge when he dropped her off and he peeled out, loud muffler and all, spewing gravel all over the place. Not the picture of discretion on either side so the next day his mother called him on it. Again Joel, with his very candid response, tells his mother:
We have a lot in common and she's a wildcat between the sheets..."
As cool as Nina was, that just didn't seem like a conversation a grown man would be having with his mother. His brothers? Definitely! His father? Possibly. His mother? That should have been a full stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 dollars moment.
BUT...Although I make mention of these moments, the story was sweet overall. Especially when Joel made Nina feel beautiful and desired. I loved the ending when he finally pushed past his own pride and went to claim his woman.
Ms. Sullivan crafted a solid foundation to continue the series by introducing the Young family. And by Joel telling Mesa about each of his brothers, the reader is set up to know about each of their personalities (quirks and flaws) when their books are written. I thought that was a brilliant insertion into the story.
Rating for male protagonist: 3¿
Rating for male protagonist: 3¿
Rating for secondary characters: 3¿
Steam Level: 3.5¿
Plot Viability: 3¿
General Storyline: 3¿
Story Ending: 3.5¿
Ease of Reading: 3.5¿
Book editing: 3.5¿
Overall rating: 3.62¿
Would I recommend this series: Yes.
Would I continue the series: Yes.
Would I read other books by this author: Yes