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Posted October 12, 2013
RC from Netgalley
I thought this was a cute story by Maggie McGinnis. Our heroine Kayla Bennett heads to Whisper Creek Ranch in Montana for some physical and emotional healing. Kayla had a bad accident; she was in a coma, woke up to find her fiancé had stolen her money and married someone else. Although she has an MBA from Princeton, these misfortunes have led to her losing her job. With persuasion from her friends, Jess and Hayley they leave Boston and head to Whisper Creek Ranch.
Whisper Creek Ranch is owned by Decker Driscoll’s mom. Decker lives in LA although he grew up as a cowboy in Montana. Because of financial problems that his mom is facing he goes back to Montana for the summer to give her a hand and help her get back on her feet, with the help of his brother Cole. Cole and Decker both discover that their father left a big gambling debt when he died and they try to figure out how they can save the ranch and pay off the debt. Decker and Cole play up the image of Montana cowboys to attract tourists although Decker has a successful architect business in LA. Although Decker is only at the ranch to help his mom he starts to feel more at home in Montana and realizes that there is not much for him to go back to in LA. Decker is also dealing with the guilt that he feels for the death of his younger sister. Although his mom and brother don’t blame him, his father who is now deceased did. Decker confides in Cole that their father practically drove him out of Montana because of his sister’s death.
When Decker and Kayla meet there is an instant attraction on both their parts. Both, however, are not ready to deal with their emotions. Kayla feels unsure of herself after getting conned by her ex-fiancé. She also has a hard time learning to trust Decker once she realizes that he is playing up the cowboy image to help his mom attract tourist to her ranch. Decker is ridden with guilt over the death of his sister and has not had any emotional attachments since he left for LA-other than the occasional fling. Despite their baggage Decker and Kayla ultimately learn to let themselves become vulnerable with one another. Kayla uses her MBA to come up with a plan that will save the ranch. Decker learns to forgive himself and realizes that if his father had not driven him out of Montana he would have stayed and feels happy to be home. They both decide that Montana is where they want to stay and build a new future for themselves.
My only issues were: 1) all this happens in two weeks. Doesn’t really seem like enough time to get to know each other and have so many emotional issues unfolded. 2) Even though Decker keeps telling Kayla that she should give him a chance when they do end up spending the night together he tells her is it was a mistake. Not the finest hour for our hero. I do recommend this story because it is a sweet and even fun read as the city girls go on little adventures. Along with Kayla and her friends there are other characters that provide a little more conflict between Decker and Kayla and provide some mischief along the way. The story was interesting as more secrets unraveled and the pace was good. Decker’s mom and brother are great characters that bring warm and even some funny moments to the story. Kayla’s two friends are supportive in her quest to heal from her past mistakes. Overall, this was a very heartwarming story.
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Posted January 18, 2014
This is my first time to post a comment on a book. Resubmitting because i failed to note a rating. I really enjoyed this book. It had a good story with just enough romance. Hope to see more from this author.
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Posted December 1, 2013
I requested this novel from the publisher because I thought it would be fun to read a romance about a city girl and a cowboy. Boy was I right! This book was charming and well-written, with extremely likable characters and a gorgeous ranch setting in Montana. I loved each and every character and wish I could go to the ranch to hang out with them. I also really enjoyed the humor...the book just put a smile on my face. Though our heroine, Kyla, goes through some completely ridiculous and slightly outlandish experiences, though to be fair, maybe she is the unluckiest person alive...I really enjoyed the story. The chemistry between Kyla and Decker was hot, hot, hot!!! What I truly appreciated, was that the author managed to add some depth to her characters and the story and introduced a complexity that exists in real relationships. There is nothing better than reading a romance where you are truly rooting for the couple to find their happy ending. This is the second book I have read from Loveswept (Random House) and I have been thoroughly impressed. I'm looking forward to seeing more books from this author.
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Posted January 18, 2014
Posted November 7, 2013
Sweet and swoony!
If I didn’t know better, I’d say Maggie McGinnis had infiltrated all my silly daydreams and wrote a novel about them. Handsome cowboys? Check. Horseback riding near the Rockies? Check. Falling in love with someone willing to crawl through fire for you? Double check. (Shhh, don’t tell my husband)
Accidental Cowgirl is the story of Kyla and Decker. She’s a city-girl from Boston who has fond memories of shedding all that girly stuff and getting dirty on her grandparents’ farm. She’s broken, both physically and mentally, after her engagement goes from bad to fifth-level-of-hell. But she’s also strong. She’s pulled herself up, gotten help, refused to give up. She is a smart, independent woman with enough backbone and wit to fight through all the negative no matter how much life piles on. I liked her a lot, and her friends were the kind of people every woman needs standing in their corner.
Decker’s next. That handsome cowboy and architect. He’s had one heck of a rough go of things – from a horrible father to the death of his little sister to living with the kind of guilt most people never recover from. But he’s back on the ranch to help his family, and he’s falling for the little lady from Boston. He’s totally swoony, with his charm and his smile and his cowboyishness. What…it’s a word in my world. Decker made me want to toss all my jeans in a bag and head west, away from the hustle and bustle and toward the mountains. But he is a man…so prepare yourself for those times when you just want to smack him upside the head as well.
These two have such a roller coaster relationship. There’s this wonderful tension between them from the very start, and yet each of them just keeps throwing out reasons why they could never work. Toss in a jealous ex-girlfriend telling tales and one heck of a financial burden and you’ve got the recipe for a non-relationship built on missed opportunities. And yet Kyla and Decker keep ending up in the other’s path – which is exactly where they belong.
I give Accidental Cowgirl four stars. Funny and charming with enough drama to keep you flipping those pages, Accidental Cowgirl is a stand-out romance debut from author Maggie McGinnis. If you love witty banter, charming, handsome men (and let’s be real – who doesn’t?) and stories of healing and hope, this is a must read for you.
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Posted October 15, 2013
A Simple, Delicious Story with Fantastic Characters and A Beautiful Backdrop!
4 Whispering, Romantic Stars!
Kyla Bennett is a woman scorned. Tricked and swindled by her ex-fiance and having survived a horrific car accidents thats left her with both physical and emotional damage, she’s convinced by her best friends she needs a vacation. So they book her and themselves a two week holiday at a Dude Ranch in Montana, hoping the clean air and time away from the media chaos of her ex’s scams will help heal her mind, the nightmares and the depression.
Her first day is anything but normal. Driving into Montana solo after her last day in court, she’s pulled over by cop, rescued by a cowboy and nearly attacked by a rattlesnake. She can hardly imagine what the next two weeks will hold.
Decker Driscoll has come home to his family ranch after a ten year stent away in LA where he’s a successful architect. Ten years ago, tragedy struck his family, leaving him drowning in guilt and forced into exile. But now he’s back to help save the one place he calls home by helping his mother and brother run the dude ranch they’ve now turned the horse ranch into.
Staying single and living the hollywood lifestyle were never really Deckers dreams but felt it was what he deserved after the incidents that sent him away. Now that he’s back, he just wants to help his family and go back to exile. Falling in love was definitely never part of the plan.
But Kyla brings out emotions in him he thought long dead and the fact she’s smart, beautiful and haunted only add to the pull she has over him.
Decker and Kyla were perfect together. I absolutely loved their chemistry, the slow build in their romance and the crazy fun flirtations between them. Their conversations were intense, sometimes catty but always entertaining. They both had pasts they were running from but it was beautiful the way they came together despite their trust issues. Kyla had been through so much but she was strong, reliable, helpful, loving and determined. Decker was racked with guilt but he was a solid, manly cowboy through and through. I loved them together.
And I adored all the sub characters. Ma, Cole, Hayley, Jessica, Roscoe and I loved to hate the crazy ex, Marcy who caused more trouble than she was worth. And I thoroughly enjoyed all the antics the girls got up to, the scenery and the bonds between friends and family. This was a perfect lazy-Sunday read that wasn’t to angsty, wasn’t to heart wrenching but was filled with fun and romance.
The Wrap Up:
Freak lightning storms, swoon worthy cowboys, best friends forever, campfire cook outs, sleepwalking interlopers, trickster horses, out of control fires, dangers of the land, breathtaking scenery and crazy Malibu Barbie’s are just a few of the wonderful things you’ll find in this book. If you’re looking for a light, enjoyable read, this is it. I'm a big fan of Loveswept and this one is definitely added to my favorites in that collection. The characters were fun, the story was sweet and the romance was amazing. Loved it!
Note: Accidental Cowgirl is A Loveswept Contemporary Romance written by Maggie McGinnis. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Tasty Book Tours.
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Posted October 25, 2013
I completely escaped into this book over the weekend. It was perfect in that way. I felt like I was Kyla on this getaway into the mountains of Montana with the cowboys, horses, and wilderness. This place sounded like my kind of paradise! With her injuries that still caused her pain, I'm not sure why her friends forced Kyla to go a dude ranch of all places. That wasn't entirely thoughtful of them, but I love the dude ranch atmosphere so it made for a fun read for me. The ARC of Accidental Cowgirl by Maggie McGinnis was provided to me for review. The opinions are my own.
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Posted October 20, 2013
This book gave me the warm fuzzies, I immediately connected with Kyla and all of her bad luck. Through in one very hot cowboy and a hilarious cast of unique characters and some characters I loved to hate and it was the perfect book for my mood. Definitely a nice break from the spicier books I’ve been reading, Kyla and Decker are seriously attracted, but have both been burned in their past and that past just keeps popping up and saying Boo!.
The added intrigue of the Whisper Creek ranch being in trouble, to add just the right level of stress to Decker’s life to make pursuing like such a bad idea, and with his very own Malibu Barbie out to ruin the attraction between him and Kyla, it’s definitely a comedy of errors watching these two figure out that they both love each other after only such a short amount of time, which really works for these characters.
I was left with the warm fuzzies because I easily believed in them falling in love that fast, since the love of land and the same values tie them together. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, sassy romance full of cowboys and a bit of comedy that keeps you guessing on what will go wrong next.
I received the book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review.
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Posted October 11, 2013
Kyla is recovering from a bad accident and a horrible ex fiance. Her friends get her to go to a dude ranch in the hopes of bringing her out of her shell. She doesn't trust easy now but Decker one of the owners of the ranch slowly begins to bring her out and let her see she can move on. Decker has returned to the ranch to help his family. He never thought he would see the place again after a tragedy years ago. He isn't looking for love as he has women chasing him. Kyla isn't like the others and he begins to have some hope he can save the ranch. They both just have to let go of the past in order to have a future.
Kyla feels bad for the past that isn't her fault. She is broken hearted that she caused so much trouble not just for herself. She is recovering from an accident and also feels bad about that. She thinks she should be over it. She has some great friends that help her out. She is a very smart woman who once she puts her mind to something can do anything. She is also tough as you get to see as the book goes along. She does stuff you wouldn't think she would at the beginning. I loved seeing her grow into an even more fantastic woman. Decker is a sexy cowboy that you can't help but want. He is also a very talented architect. He is used to woman throwing themselves at him but he doesn't want them. He very much will do whatever to help his family even if he holds on to guilt. I like both these main characters very much.
This is a wonderful book. There is a lot of books I didn't want to end and this is one for sure. I wanted it to go on and on. The author has a magical touch with her writing that makes you feel you are right there on the trail with the people or in the kitchen with a loving mother. I loved everything about it. I could picture each scene clearly. Some scenes I got a good laugh out of and some had my heart pounding. This story has a little bit of it all love, action, letting go and sexy cowboys how much more could you want. If you like a romantic story that has an excellent plot and phenomenal characters pick this one up.
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Posted October 9, 2013
Kyla Bennett is struggling with the betrayal of her con-man ex-fiancee. Her friends decide the best way for her to recover is for them all the take a trip at a dude ranch in Montana. With her luggage and emotional baggage, Kyla makes the trek that will change her life forever.
Whisper Creek is a family owned dude ranch that is struggling to survive. Decker Driscoll has returned home to help his mother and brother save the family ranch. His father has recently died, leaving a huge gambling debt with a lien that can cause them to loose the ranch.
Accidental Cowgirl is a story about two wounded individuals finding their happily ever after. The attraction between Kyla and Decker is almost immediate but both have tons of emotional issues. Issues we get to watch unfold through out the story. At times I feel sorry for Kyla, her experience on the ranch is definitely a series of very unfortunate events...but she still remains sassy. I really enjoyed the feeling of family and the authentic compassion of the characters. It was a pleasure to read this sweet and tender story with genuine characters with imperfections, characters that still manage to find happiness in the simple things in life.
I received this ARC copy of Accidental Cowgirl from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 8, 2013.
Written by: Maggie McGinnis
Publisher: Random House - Loveswept
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Sold by: Random House LLC
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Romance Contemporary
Age Recommendation: Adult
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Posted October 8, 2013
My rating: 3.5 of 5 ¿¿
A dude ranch is not exactly Kyla's idea of fun, but she is willing to go along with her friends, she knows she needs a complete change of scenery after her ex left her betrayed and exposed. A city girl at heart, she never expected to take to ranch life the way she does. Of course Decker, his mother and his brother have everything to do with it as well, they make for a warm and welcoming hiding place. But when Decker sparks more than a casual interest, Kyla does her best to ignore her body's signals. After all, she doesn't have the best judgement when it comes to men and she doesn't quite trust herself, let alone a virtual stranger.
Decker, who is an architect by trade, has taken the summer to help his family recover from devastating financial losses that have only come to light, since the recent passing of his father. A traumatic event years before had caused Decker to move away, but he had never been really happy in the city. He wants to save the ranch and the land, not just for his mother, but himself as well. That is the only reason he is doubling as a 'cowboy', taking tourists around on trail rides for the summer. When Kyla and her friends from Boston arrive, he is immediately attracted to her. A first, since all summer he has been avoiding any entanglements with the female visitors. But Kyla is different, she doesn't seem to be too eager to throw herself at him like some of the other women he has encountered.
Despite the fact that neither one was looking to get involved, especially since any entanglements would be of a temporary nature, Decker and Kyla can't seem to resist each other for very long. But nothing comes easy, and aside from a handful of mishaps, a pending deadline on the ranch's financing, a jealous and delusional ex, there always remains the reality of lives on opposite sides of the country.
This is a story full of colour and atmosphere, with a cast of mostly warm and generous people, the odd nasty cow, an assortment of 'wildlife' and a handful of tasty cowboys. A heroine slightly damaged, but with a heart of gold and a hero whose walls quickly crumble for the right woman.
¿A classic, warm-hearted romance, with plenty of action, some humour and sweet sensuality.¿
**ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Loveswept in return for an honest review.**
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To Anonymous 8/16: I believe you may have entered this review for the wrong book. I have read it multiple times and the phrase you quoted doesn't actually appear even once in the book, let alone over and over. I think you may have intended your review to be attached to a different book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I read about a thousand pages a week for fun - across a pretty broad range of styles/topics. I have a personal rule to always finish the books that I start... this book was my first time to break that rule! It is poorly written. If I read the phrase "This can't be happening here!" again, I will cry. Skip this one.
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