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A kiss from a cowboy…

Be Mine, Cowboy by Jane Porter

Years ago, Rachel James gave Cade King an ultimatum, and he walked. Heartbroken, Rachel moved on. Life is tough ...

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My Cowboy Valentine: Be Mine, Cowboy\Hill Country Cupid (Harlequin American Romance Series #1438)

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Overview

A kiss from a cowboy…

Be Mine, Cowboy by Jane Porter

Years ago, Rachel James gave Cade King an ultimatum, and he walked. Heartbroken, Rachel moved on. Life is tough as a single mom, but Rachel is doing just fine.

Now Cade's back after burning up the rodeo circuit, and things are different. He's sober, but with one burning regret. He has some work to do to show Rachel he's changed—but he's up to the challenge.

Hill Country Cupid by Tanya Michaels

Tess knows what young Bailey Calhoun wants: a mom. So when she sees shy cowboy Nick Calhoun giving someone the eye, Tess goes into full matchmaking mode.

Nick is happy to have Tess's help…but her matchmaking backfires. How can he convince his cupid that she's the one he wants?

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Editorial Reviews

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Children and cowboys are front and center in this duo of novellas that have a subtle Valentine’s Day theme. About to be tossed out of her home because her late grandmother had neglected to pay the taxes, pastry chef and single mom Rachel James gives in to fate, until a man from her past she’d hoped to forget, rodeo rider and rancher Cade King, reappears with repentance in mind in Porter’s touching “Be Mine, Cowboy.” A ballet instructor agrees to help a single dad reinvent himself in order to rejoin the dating circuit, but the results are not quite what either had intended in Michaels’s fun and flirty “Hill Country Cupid.”

Verdict Poignant, heartfelt, sweetly funny, and guaranteed to leave you smiling, this duet of romantic novellas is a delectable Valentine’s Day treat.—Kristin Ramsdell, Libn. Emerita, California State Univ., East Bay

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460304082
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Series: Harlequin American Romance Series , #1438
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 178,238
  • File size: 302 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Porter

Jane Porter loves central California's golden foothills and miles of farmland, rich with the sweet and heady fragrance of orange blossoms. Her parents fed her imagination by taking Jane to Europe for a year where she became passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men! Jane never minds a rainy day – that's when she sits at her desk and writes stories about far-away places, fascinating people, and most important of all, love. Visit her website at: janeporter.com

Tanya Michaels is a four-time RITA nominee and winner of the Booksellers' Best Bet Award, the Maggie Award of Excellence and a 2012 RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Harlequin American Romance. Tanya has written thirty books for Harlequin and enjoys filling her stories with the elements that are most important in her life: love, family, acceptance and a sense of humor. She is living her happily-ever-after in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two kids

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It'd been a mild winter so far in Palo Pinto County, Texas, and this February afternoon the sun was once again shining, and the sky over the small ranch house was a cloudless swathe of pale blue.

The weatherman had said the unseasonably mild temperatures and dry conditions were supposed to hold through the weekend, which was a good thing as Rachel James's childhood friend Mia Jenkins was getting married tomorrow, and while the party tent might be heated and fully protected from the elements, no one liked slogging through muddy or slushy gardens in formal wear. Not the bride or the guests or the cake baker.

And Rachel was both a guest and the cake baker.

"What do you think?" Rachel asked as Mia swirled a finger across the frosting-covered spatula before popping her finger in her mouth.

Mia sighed, rolling her eyes with pleasure. "Yum. Heavenly. Melt-in-your-mouth buttercream with just the right amount of vanilla. How come my frosting never tastes this good?"

"Because you probably worry about the amount of sugar and butter in your icing. I don't." Rachel crossed her arms over her chest, creasing her white apron, feeling ridiculously pleased with herself as she studied the tiered wedding cake, all four layers swagged with delicate swells and scallops of icing that resembled Belgium lace. "You like the cake?"

"I love my cake. It's beyond gorgeous, and you know it, so stop fishing for compliments."

Rachel grinned and gathered the stainless-steel bowls, carrying them to the kitchen sink. As she turned the faucet on, her gaze lifted to the window and the view beyond. The kitchen window overlooked the small, fenced backyard, which seemed even smaller right now with the mountain of cardboard boxes stacked next to the detached garage. Her smile faded as she looked at the boxes. She'd been packing for weeks, was nearly done. Just had bedrooms and the kitchen stuff left to pack, and now that Mia's wedding cake was finished, Rachel could box up all of her baking things.

"Can't believe you're moving," Mia said, joining her at the sink and getting a glimpse of the U-Haul moving boxes outside.

Rachel made a soft, inarticulate sound as she turned the tap off. "Can't believe I lost Grandma's house. She'd die if she knew."

"Maybe it's a good thing she's already dead, then," Mia said drily.

"That's horrible!" Rachel spluttered, reaching for a dish towel, uncertain if she should laugh or cry or both.

"It is, but it's the truth."

For a moment Rachel struggled to speak and then she blurted, "Today would have been her birthday. I've been thinking about her all day."

"Oh, Rachel! I know you still miss her so much."

"I do. I really do."

Mia wrapped an arm around Rachel's shoulder and gave it a squeeze. "But knowing your grandmother, she would have been beside herself if she realized what she did to you, deferring her property taxes all those years."

For a moment Rachel let herself relax into the hug. It was so rare that she revealed weakness, so rare that she took comfort from anyone, but she needed the hug right now. It was brutal losing her home, but she wasn't the only one this had happened to, and she wasn't going to cry over spilled milk. What happened had happened, and there was nothing she could do about it but move forward and have a good attitude.

Gently, Rachel disengaged from the hug. "It's not Grandma's fault. I knew money was tight and yet I let her help us…she was always giving to us, trying to help me with bills. I should have asked her where the money was coming from."

"She probably wouldn't have told you, though. She loved Tommy so much. Loved having the two of you with her."

Mia was right about that, Rachel thought. Grandma loved having family around. She always said family gave life meaning.

Mia looked anxious. "You're really okay moving while we're gone?"

"Have a moving company and everything. I'm good. And you shouldn't be worrying about us. You're getting married tomorrow. This is about you right now."

"But I hate your new apartment complex. It's awful—"

"It's fine. And it's cheap, as well as close to Tommy's sitter."

"I wish I'd had the money to help you."

"Mia, stop."

Mia nibbled on her thumb. "I can name a half-dozen folks right now who would have helped you if you'd asked—"

"Not going to impose on people. This is my problem.

Not theirs."

"But they're your friends—"

"And I appreciate them, but I'm not going to ask for handouts."

"It'd be a loan, Rachel."

"A loan I can't pay back." Rachel shot her a dark look.

"Cakes pay basic bills, but they won't make me rich." Peeling off her apron, she glanced at the clock on the old kitchen stove. "Isn't your rehearsal starting at four?"

Mia checked her watch and shrieked. "It's almost four already, and I haven't picked up the bridesmaids' dresses or the shoes, and I still have a twenty-five minute drive—"

"Don't panic," Rachel answered, rushing with her to the front door, "and don't drive crazy. You'll get there, and you're the bride. No one's going anywhere," she added, swinging open the front door.

"You're the best, Rache." Mia took a step and then froze on the doorstep. "Cade?" Mia squeaked, eyes widening with surprise.

Rachel glanced past Mia to the tall cowboy on the porch, and the air caught in her throat.

Cade.

Cade.

Her heart stuttered, staggered, and she blinked, certain he'd disappear, certain he was an apparition. But even after blinking twice, he was still there, one hand hooked on his massive silver belt buckle, and a bouquet of yellow roses in the other, six-two without his boots and cowboy hat, and even taller wearing both. He was wearing both.

"Hello, darlin'," he said. "Mia," he added, giving Rachel's friend a nod.

Mia blushed. "Long time no see."

"It's been a while," he agreed, his tone grave.

Rachel could only stare at him as she dragged air into her lungs, hating the bittersweet pain that filled her heart. It'd been five years since Cade King had walked away from her, and he'd gone without a backward glance, shattering her heart into a thousand pieces.

"Congratulations on your third consecutive title. We're all proud of you—" Mia broke off as she caught sight of Rachel's expression. "Anyway, I was just leaving. Take care."

"You, too, Mia."

And then with a swift, speculative glance in Rachel's direction, Mia was gone, dashing down the front steps, heading for the driveway.

For a moment the only sound was Mia's car door slamming and her engine starting. Rachel swallowed hard and forced herself to look at Cade, still unable to believe he was here. But he was here. And he was even bigger and more ruggedly handsome than she'd remembered.

"Cade," she whispered, shocked, numb, dumbfounded. He had been completely absent from her life for over five years…so why was he here now?

"Rachel."

"What…what… .are you doing here?"

"It's your grandmother's birthday. Brought her some flowers."

He'd remembered Grandma. She ground her teeth together, her eyes burning. Was this real? Was he real? And God forgive her, was he sober?

"I probably should have called," he added gruffly, "but I wanted to surprise her."

Rachel blinked and struggled to find her voice. Just when she'd thought everyone had forgotten her grandmother, Cade showed up with birthday flowers. Yellow roses. Her favorite. "That's nice of you."

Dusky color warmed his high, hard cheekbones. "Can I come in?"

She nodded, stepping back to open the door wider. He dipped his head and, crossing her threshold, he removed his cowboy hat, revealing his glossy black hair. "Is this a bad time?"

It had been years since she had last seen him. Years since she had last heard his warm honeyed accent, a voice so rich with the Texas south that even in winter she felt the heat of an invisible sun and the caress of a breeze. He looked surprisingly good…but different, too. He was leaner than she remembered, tanner, healthier, his blue eyes so clear.

"No," she said unsteadily, aware that she'd need to pick up Tommy by four forty-five but she had a half hour. She closed the front door behind Cade, catching a whiff of his fragrance as she stepped towards him. The scent was light and a little spicy, but it suited him, and made her head spin.

"Mia looks well," he said.

"She's doing great."

His gaze searched hers for a moment. "And you? How are you?"

This was strange…so strange, she thought. "Good. I'm good."

"Glad to hear it."

For a moment neither of them seemed to know what to say and Rachel's stomach did a series of somersaults that made her wish she'd eaten something today to counter the cups of coffee she'd drunk earlier. Then she remembered her manners. "Would you like to sit down?" she asked, and subtly tugged on the hem of her red T-shirt, drawing it lower over the waistband of her faded jeans, glad she'd gotten rid of the shapeless apron. She wished she could pull the rubber band out of her hair, but that would be too obvious.

"Yes. Thank you."

She led the way into the small, oddly formal living room, with its old-fashioned Empire sofa and matching armchairs, all still upholstered in its original yellow silk. Cade sat down on the edge of the sofa cushion, looking far too big for the antique sofa's dainty lines.

"Would you like something to drink—" She flushed. "Coffee, tea," she added hurriedly.

"I'm fine. Thank you."

She slowly took a chair opposite him, hands folding in her lap to hide the fact they were shaking. She was trembling. None of this seemed real, especially when he was looking at her so intently, his blue eyes fringed by those long black lashes, startlingly clear, his gaze piercing, un-nervingly direct.

"I had some business in Mineral Wells today," he said, "and since I got to town early, I thought I'd stop by and wish Sally happy birthday and see how you two were doing." He glanced around the bare living room. "Is Sally even here?"

"No."

The corners of his mouth curved. "Is she out with the girls or having her hair done?"

Rachel felt sick. She wanted to throw up. This was awful. Everything about this was awful. "Cade, Grandma died two and a half years ago."

"What?"

She nodded miserably. "Cancer."

He sat back heavily and set the flowers aside, placing them on the cushion next to him. "Cancer? When…how?"

She laced and unlaced her fingers, her eyes gritty, her throat aching with suppressed emotion. "Lung cancer—"

"She didn't smoke."

"I guess you don't need to smoke to get it." Rachel blinked hard, struggled to smile, but failed. "We thought she had a cold that just wouldn't go away. Bronchitis. By the time she finally went to see a doctor, there was nothing anyone could do. We found out early June it was cancer, and by July 5 she was gone."

"Aw, shit." Cade's deep, rough voice broke. His head dropped, and he covered his eyes with one hand.

For several minutes neither said anything, and the room was silent. Rachel squeezed her hands together and fought to hold back her tears. Cade's reaction made her teary and emotional, and yet it almost felt good to feel so much…it was almost a relief to know someone else had loved her grandmother, too.

"I'm sorry, Rache," he said, his voice raspy and raw. He lifted his head and looked at her, his dense lashes damp, the blue of his eyes almost aquamarine with sorrow. "You know, I promised her I'd always stay in touch with her. Promised her that I'd always be family—" He shook his head, once, twice. "Was she…did she…suffer a lot…in the end?"

"They tried to make her as comfortable as they could."

His head dropped again and he ran a hand over his eyes. "Wish I'd been here. Wish I could have been here for both of you."

Rachel couldn't even respond to that. Her heart felt as though it was breaking all over again. She dragged in a breath of air, then exhaled, struggling to keep it together. "It happened a long time ago, Cade," she murmured. "And Grandma didn't hold grudges. She believed people were a work in progress, and she'd be thrilled you won the All-Around title two more times after she was gone. She followed your career. Was probably your biggest fan."

His eyes watered and a small muscle popped in his jaw near his ears. "Even though I'd broken your heart?"

Rachel looked away, bit into her lip. This was so brutal, and so unexpected. She wasn't sure she could take much more of this. But Grandma had taught her to be strong, and she would be strong now…even if it killed her. "Grandma always said you'd find your feet again. She said you were one of those fallen angels just waiting to regrow your wings."

"I wish that were true," Cade said regretfully. "But I haven't grown wings yet."

"Maybe they'll still come."

"If you believe in miracles," he answered drily, his firm mouth twisting, the corners of his eyes creasing.

His crooked smile made her breath catch and her pulse quicken. For a moment he looked—and sounded—so much like the sexy, laid-back, self-deprecating cowboy she'd loved so long ago that the years seemed to fall away and she gulped another breath of air, overwhelmed. Dazzled.

"I used to," she said, smiling tightly, having forgotten how Cade could fill a room, making it feel small and other people seem boring. But it wasn't just his height and size that made him stand out. It was his intensity and his focus. When Cade King wanted something, he got it through sheer force of will.

And once upon a time, he'd wanted her.

But then later, he'd also wanted booze, and he'd been one of those guys who drank hard and often, and it worried her and scared her. And so she put it all on the line, wanting what was best for him, for them, and told him he needed to get sober or she couldn't stay. And he chose the booze over her.

"Everything else okay, though?" he asked, shifting on the yellow couch, almost crushing the cellophane-wrapped roses.

She nodded, determined to show no chink in her armor. "Yes. Very well," she said. The antique clock on the mantel chimed. She glanced at the pale gold face of the German-made clock, Grandma's prized possession. Her father, Rachel's greatgrandfather, had brought the clock with him when he'd emigrated from Germany. It'd been a wedding present to Grandma and Grandpa when they'd married and it still kept time perfectly.

Four-thirty.

Which reminded her, she'd have to go get Tommy soon from Mrs. Munoz. She had fifteen minutes. Give or take a few.

Cade saw her glance at the clock. "Am I keeping you?"

"No, not yet. But I do need to leave in a few minutes. I have an appointment."

Rachel didn't know why she called it an appointment.

She was only picking Tommy up from his babysitter, but for some reason, she couldn't bring herself to mention Tommy. Not because she was ashamed of being a single, unwed mother, but because people had been so unkind about him and she'd learned to be protective.

"I won't keep you, then," Cade said, picking up the bouquet and standing. "It was good seeing you."

"It was good seeing you, too," she lied, determined to hang on to her composure to the very end, because it wasn't good seeing him. It was terrible. Painful. She couldn't handle seeing Cade. He made her feel things she didn't want to feel, made her remember a time in her life when everything had seemed hopeful and beautiful.

"I'll just put these in the kitchen," he said, his grip crinkling the cellophane on the flowers. He headed out of the cramped living room without waiting for a reply.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Sweet, satisfying stories perfect for Valentine's Day! I enjoye

    Sweet, satisfying stories perfect for Valentine's Day! I enjoyed both novellas in this book very much. Jane Porter's Be Mine, Cowboy is a wonderful story of redemption and forgiveness. I loved her flawed but earnest hero and the independent heroine that he loved. Their story was satisfying and enjoyable without being too sweet to take. Jane has a masterful way of developing her characters in such a way that even in a novella format, you know them and root for them right away...then you miss them when the story ends. Well done.

    Tanya Michaels's Hill Country Cupid is one of the sweetest stories of unexpected romance I've read in a while. I loved the handsome hero who still feels like the awkward teen he once was and the heroine who doesn't see her own appeal until it's through the eyes of another.

    All in all, I'd recommend this duet of novellas for anyone looking for a sweet American Romance for Valentine's Day.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

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    A honest and heartwarming story. My Cowboy Valentine by Jane Por

    A honest and heartwarming story.
    My Cowboy Valentine by Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels is a book with two great stories in it.
    Jane Porters story Be Mine, Cowboy is a honest and heartwarming story dealing with hard everyday problems but it's a Harlequin so you are guaranteed a happy ending.
    It's the first Harlequin American Romance story I have read by Jane Porter but I can honestly say that I loved the story. It made my cry and laugh and had two great characters in it. The heroine, Rachel and the hero, Cade.
    I love reading Jane Porters Harlequin Presents and I truly love them, but I read the Harlequin Presents when I need a big romantic story.
    This is different, more honest to real story that you easily can relate to. It deals with everyday problems and I like that. I can highly recommend this story for Valentines Day.
    Tanya Michaels story Hill Country Cupid is also a great heartwarming story. It's the first story by Tanya Michaels that I have read but surely not my last.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

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    Both Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels deliver sweet and enticing


    Both Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels deliver sweet and enticing in a small book. Both stories are so good. They really know how to grab your attention right away. I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn't put this book down until I finished. I have been a fan of Jane's for years and she never disappoints!! I recommend any and all books she writes. Tanya has gotten herself another fan with me too!! So, grab a hot cup of tea, or hot chocolate, and cuddle up and enjoy :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    I enjoyed both stories in this book very much. They were fun to

    I enjoyed both stories in this book very much. They were fun to read.
    Be Mine, Cowboy by Jane Porter: Cade is a rodeo star with a past Rachel would rather forget. They were lovers once, but his love for other things tore them apart. Which is where Rachel would like to keep things. Now, he is back in town and Rachel has been raising her son on her own and doesn't want anything to do with Cade. But, he does everything he can to win both their hearts.
    Hill Country Cupid by Tanya Michaels: Tess, the owner of a dance studio tries to set up a couple of her students' single parents. She teaches Nick all about how to romance a woman, from what to say, how to act, and how to dress. In the end, there is only one woman he wants and will settle for nothing to get her.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    My Cowboy Valentine by Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels Be Mine Co

    My Cowboy Valentine by Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels
    Be Mine Cowboy by Jane Porter
    Cade is back in town after riding rodeo and he brings flowers to Rachel's grandmother only to learn she died years ago.
    Rachel is there and has just finished decorating Mia's wedding cake but he thinks it's her wedding cake for her wedding the next day. He had his chance once. Larry at the diner sets him straight and he goes to visit with Rachel
    to find she has a disabled child and she's lost her grandmother's house. Next day she can't deliver the cake her car dies. He rescues her and they go to pick up Tommy her son and he gets to learn more about her life now.
    Love the time they spend together where he gets to learn about Tommy and how he can help him because of the research he's done and
    Rachel gets to find out about him since they broke up many years ago.
    To me the best part was learning about the disability and how to handle it with loving people around...
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    Hill Country Cupid by Tayna Michaels
    Tess Fitzpatrick ran the dance studio. She's going to help Nick Callhoun get a woman. His other brothers on the family ranch haven't done much better.
    In return he can teach her about how to ride a horse and not be so afraid. They get to spend a lot of time together, usually in the company of his daughter, Bailey.
    Because of that others think THEY are a couple, instead of Tess helping him get a higher level woman.
    First they get his hair cut, then she pushes him into a clothing store where he is to ask the advice of the sales clerk. She goes off with Bailey for girl time. She teaches him everything to do on a date and it is backfiring...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    My Cowboy Valentine was such a treat with two great novellas in

    My Cowboy Valentine was such a treat with two great novellas in one package. I always know that with Jane Porter it will be a great read, and I was pleasantly surprised to love Tanya Michaels' novella as well. Porter's Cowboy Be Mine, not only taught me something about autism, I thought she handled the topic beautifully and realistically. Porter never ceases to amaze me on how she can pack so much into each story and character. Michaels' novella had a great sense of humour and the characters were very likeable and I will defintely read more of her stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    My Cowboy Valentine  My Cowboy Valentine is a two book treat fo

    My Cowboy Valentine 

    My Cowboy Valentine is a two book treat for lovers of country romances. Full reviews available at BookTrib or RomanticReadsandSuch.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    good quick read

    A COUPLE OF SWEET STORIES THAT ARE QUICK ENJOYABLE READS. THE CHARACTERS ARE BELIEVABLE - A FEEL GOOD BOOK.

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    My Cowboy Valentine was a good read. The characters where well

    My Cowboy Valentine was a good read. The characters where well developed and the details made this one of my favorite novellas.

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

    I haven't read this style book in many years and wasn't too sure

    I haven't read this style book in many years and wasn't too sure about reading it. Just a few pages in, I thought, "No worries, this is pure Jane Porter!" I'd have love to see this story in a longer, women's fiction novel. My heart was won when I read this line: "Absolutely perfect and just the way God intended him to be." Like Rachel's son, my son is profoundly handicapped. I have said this exact thing numerous times.

    Jane doesn't shy away from any topic and handles them all with finesse and grace. She makes me want to meet her characters!

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    My Cowboy Valentine ¿ Jane Porter & Tanya Michaels Be Mine,

    My Cowboy Valentine – Jane Porter & Tanya Michaels

    Be Mine, Cowboy by Jane Porter
    Cade is a recovering alcoholic who is back in Rachel’s life after walking out on her five years ago when she attempted to help him with his problems. In the five years since her heart was broken, Rachel has been struggling to raise her autistic son, doing everything she can to protect him from people who don’t understand him. Now that Cade is back she is struggling with feelings that never went away and has to decide whether or not she can trust him not only with her but also with her son.

    Be Mine, Cowboy is a sweet, emotional read. Rachel’s love for her son is evident in everything she does and you really feel for her and the issues that can come with raising a special needs child. Cade knows that he hurt Rachel when he left and is doing what he can to make amends and win Rachel back. I really enjoyed their story and Jane did a great job. My only wish is that it was a longer story.

    Hill Country Cupid by Tanya Michaels
    Tess is known for doing what she can in helping out her friends in giving them a push towards something that they want. She’s known Nick for several years and decides that he needs help in courting the woman he’s lusted after since high school. While helping Nick become more comfortable in flirting with the opposite sex, Tess realizes that she has feelings for Nick but doesn’t want to be anyone’s second best.

    Hill Country Cupid is a nice, fun Valentine’s read. I loved Nick and Tess together and seeing them overcome the obstacles keeping them apart. I really enjoyed Nick’s determination to show Tess that she is his first choice above anyone else and that they belonged together.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    'My Cowboy Valentine' has two very enjoyable romances. One stor


    'My Cowboy Valentine' has two very enjoyable romances. One story will make you cry and the other will make you laugh. 'Be Mine Cowboy' by Jane Porter tells the bittersweet romance of Rachel James and Cade King. When Cade walked out on Rachel, he broke her heart. Now he's back, but Rachel is a single mother with a special needs child. The author deals with real issues while giving the reader a memorable romance. Tanya Michaels in 'Hill Country Cupid' shows how a born meddler, Tess Fitzpatrick, plays a matchmaker for Nick Calhoun and finds that she wants to be his love and a mother to his daughter, Bailey. The chemistry between these two will make you heart beat faster. This book is perfect for Valentine's Day.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Perfect Valentine read. Two stories of cowboys and the women who

    Perfect Valentine read. Two stories of cowboys and the women who hold their hearts. The chemistry of the characters draw you in and you cannot put the book down. As every page turns, you are held captive, and watching their story unfold. I really recommend this book for Valentine's Day or for anytime you would want to read a sweet, enjoyable book.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    It has probably been about a DECADE since I¿ve read a traditiona

    It has probably been about a DECADE since I’ve read a traditional romance. A friend of mine knows that I love everything that Jane Porter writes…so when she saw her Harlequin American Romance novella, My Cowboy Valentine at the store, she bought it for me. It’s a sweet and easy read. I finished it in one setting. There are two stories, Be Mine, Cowboy by Porter and Hill Country Cupid by Tanya Michaels. Both are great. The Porter story really hit home as the heroine, Rachel James, has a son with autism, as I do. Porter really nailed the struggles and heartbreaks involved in parenting a child with special needs. I’m very lucky, because I have a wonderful husband who is a fantastic dad. But I do have friends who are single moms in a similar situation and dating gets very, very complicated. Loved that Rachel found her cowboy! Sweet & romantic.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    If you want to see the soft side of cowboys, My Cowboy Valentine

    If you want to see the soft side of cowboys, My Cowboy Valentine is the way to go. Both stories, Be Mine, Cowboy & Hill Country Cupid feature cowboys just made for falling in love with. Jane Porter does a great job at giving the reader the satisfaction of a reunion story with a happy ending. Tanya Michaels shows us that good things can happen when you spend a little time stepping outside your normal routine. Both stories are funny & heartwarming.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Rachel James is a single mom of an autistic son.  She recently l

    Rachel James is a single mom of an autistic son.  She recently lost her grandmother and is in the process of moving out of the home that not only she grew up in, but the only home that her young son has ever known.  Unexpectedly, Cade King, comes knocking at Rachel's door.  Cade was Rachel's first and only real love.  Several years prior, Rachel told Cade that he had to stop his drunken ways or he could no longer be a part of her life.  Surprisingly, he got up and walked out of her life.  She was shocked that he could just leave and forget all that they had and shared.  When he showed up at her door she was full of emotion.  She still had strong feelings for Cade, but she couldn't allow him into her life knowing how much his drinking affected her.  She also wouldn't allow that around her son.  




    Rachel was having a streak of bad luck.  First she loses her grandmother.  Then she has to deal with losing the house that she grew up in and then her car not only breaks down, but is going to cost her more money than she can afford.  Thankfully Cade is there to help drive her around.  Rachel learns that Cade has battled his drunken demons and has been sober for a while.  Will Rachel allow Cade back in her life?  How will Rachel's autistic son feel around Cade?  




    I really enjoyed this book.  It was very well written and drew me in right away.  I liked the characters a lot and found myself rooting for Rachel.  Once again, Jane Porter has produced a very well written book that draws you in right from the beginning.  I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a great read with a romantic story.

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    My Cowboy Valentine is an excellent February book to read. It i

    My Cowboy Valentine is an excellent February book to read. It is a quick, satisfying read. Cowboys and romance make a great combination. Jane Porter delivers another great story. This is my first story to read by Michaels, but thoroughly enjoyed. This story will pull on your heartstrings. You won't be disappointed.

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