Cowboy Stole My Heart: A River Ranch Novel

Cowboy Stole My Heart: A River Ranch Novel

by Soraya Lane

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Cowboy Stole My Heart: A River Ranch Novel by Soraya Lane

It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman’s heart in Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane.

SHE’S RIDING SOLO

As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn’t mean she’s some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she’s harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she’s his boss?

HE’S TAKING THE REINS

Sam Mendes is through with love—or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he’s doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It’s bad enough she’s the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It’s even worse she’s got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he’s supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job—and breaking his heart—to win the girl of his dreams?

“Lane warms hearts of readers across the globe.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250131010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: A River Ranch Novel , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 369,623
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

As a child, Soraya Lane dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze. She is the author of The Devil Wears Spurs, Cowboy Take Me Away, and I Knew You Were Trouble.

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CHAPTER 1

SAM MENDES pushed through the crowd, holding his hand high in the air as he waved to the fans he'd spent the last hour talking to. No, make that three hours. He'd been booked for a two-hour event, and then he'd spent the rest of the time patiently listening to people tell him about their horses and ask him the same questions he'd been answering almost daily for the past year.

"Sam!"

He cringed and forced himself to turn, dialing a smile. He'd been so close to reaching his car ...

"I'm Lila," a pretty brunette said, holding out her hand. "You're a hard man to get close to, for all the wrong reasons."

He laughed. "I'm not sure I understand." Was she trying to hit on him?

"I'm from Star PR," she explained. "I watched you get mobbed back there, and if you had someone with you, a publicist for instance, we get to be the bad guy and tell everyone you need to get going." Lila laughed. "It means you'd get home faster, and your fans wouldn't think any less of you."

He nodded. "And here I was thinking you were going to ask me out for a drink."

She passed him a card, her smile fixed, her eyes warm. She was friendly but professional. "Seriously, if you ever want assistance, call me. You're at the stage in your career when you should be thinking about building a team to work with."

Sam nodded and turned around, pushing the card into his pocket, doubtful that he'd ever get around to calling her. He was more interested in scaling back on his commitments, not growing them. His rental car was waiting nearby, and he strode across the concrete to get there. He'd been traveling for a month now, a different event every few days to promote his new book and show horse owners exactly how to put his advice into practice, and he was more than ready to get home. He missed his ranch, his dog, and his horses. Hell, he missed just working on his own with horses, quietly out the back of the King family ranch where he'd first started to realize he had a knack for dealing with equines that any sane person would have given up on.

He ran his fingers through his hair, brushing out the dust that was still lodged there from working in the arena and having horses cantering around him. Sam checked his watch. If he wanted to make his flight he was going to have to drive fast, and there was no way he wanted to hang around the airport waiting for the next flight back to Texas if he missed this one.

He settled into the driver's seat, punched in the GPS so he didn't take a wrong turn on the way there, and plugged his phone in to charge. It'd been turned off since earlier in the day, and he switched it on, seeing he had new messages. He hit voicemail and started to drive, the monotone voice telling him he had three to listen to.

"Hi, Sam, it's Phil again. We're looking at booking another multicity book tour and we need to know if you're interested and when you're available. Call me back."

Sam shook his head. They were like vultures. As soon as his books and training clips had started to do well, everyone had suddenly wanted a piece of him, and although the attention and money had been exciting to start with, he'd soon realized that quietly working long days under the sun was what he liked doing best. He wanted to be working horses, not talking about how to do it. It wasn't that he wasn't grateful; hell, he'd only been able to buy his own ranch because of all the success, but he needed a break. He wanted to plant his boots in the dirt and work with the animals he loved for a while, wearing his favorite jeans and an old shirt, the sun in his eyes, and his only company the horse he was working or the dog trailing around after him.

He hit delete and the next message started to play.

"Hey, Sam, it's me. Just checking you're okay, but I guess now you're famous you don't have to check in with your little sister and your nieces anymore, huh?" He grinned as he listened to Faith. He'd definitely been a crappy brother lately. He'd call her once he'd checked in for his flight. "I drove past and put milk and juice in your fridge, and there's bread and some other stuff on the counter. See you soon."

When he hit delete this time he was still smiling. He needed to spend some time with his sister and those damn gorgeous little twin girls of hers.

"Mr. Mendes, it's Walter Ford here from River Ranch." Sam sat up a little straighter, listening to the man's deep, southern drawl and recognizing the name. "I know you're a busy man, but Nate King speaks highly of you, and I'd like to make you an offer. We need someone here to do some work with our horses, someone with your kind of expertise. There's a stallion here that, frankly, only a man like you should be dealing with. Money's not an object, and I'll have an offer letter waiting for you. But I need to hear from you by tomorrow evening, otherwise I'll find someone else for the job."

Sam pushed play to listen to the message a second time. Walter Ford wanted him to swing past for a visit? He would ordinarily have said no, he didn't do much work on individual ranches anymore for private clients, unless Nate or Chase King needed a hand with an unruly colt or filly, and that was more of a favor, but this had piqued his interest. As an adult he'd never crossed paths with the Ford tycoon, but as a kid? Hell, he'd never forget the day he was playing at the King family ranch, home to his best friend Nate, and Sam's unofficial second home growing up. Walter had pulled up in his big Bentley, the shiny black car catching Sam's eye the moment he'd seen it. Ford had stepped out, with a little girl, but she'd run off to see the ponies and Sam had hung around to gape at the car. He doubted Walter Ford had even noticed he existed back then.

Now the man in question had called him personally, and it made him grin. A couple years earlier, he'd never have imagined a man like Ford dialing his number and needing anything from him. Hell, a few months ago he'd have flatly said no to the job, because he'd been too damn busy building his brand and touring the country sharing his horsemanship techniques. But right now, he wanted to get back to working with horses rather than talking about working them, and he was curious about this stallion. Maybe it was the kind of job he needed to take to get some of his passion back.

He'd stop by on his way from the airport, it was only an hour from his ranch and was hardly out of his way. It'd be stupid not to see what Ford had to offer him.

* * *

Mia Ford sat with her feet dipped in the pool and stared into the water. She wriggled her toes and watched the perfect blue water ripple in a tiny whirlpool around her, pink toenails like smudges of color as she moved her feet.

The sun was warm on her shoulders and she shut her eyes for a moment, blocking her thoughts, pushing everything away and trying to enjoy the simple feel of the warmth of the day and the light breeze pulsing past her.

She sighed and opened her eyes, replaying her latest disagreement with her father through her mind again. He didn't approve of her most recent equine purchase, and she was terrified he was going to sell her stallion out from underneath her.

She'd fought tooth and nail to buy the horse, refusing to take no for an answer and determined to outbid whoever else was trying to buy him, but she wasn't stupid. Without her father's money she'd never have had the chance to own him, and she hated being indebted to him over something that meant so much to her. Especially when he was still so vocal about his disappointment in her choosing a career she loved over one in a big city law firm since she'd returned home from Europe.

"Hey, Mia."

She turned, smiling when she saw one of her brothers standing behind her, hands shoved into his pockets, cap pulled low over his brow.

"Hey yourself," she said to Tanner, pulling her legs out of the water and standing up.

"Thought I'd better swing by before I left."

She nodded, embracing her brother and laughing when he squeezed her too hard and lifted her clean off her feet. He was tall, well over six feet, and he dwarfed her as she stood in front of him.

"How long are you away for this time?" she asked.

Tanner shrugged, running a hand through his too-long hair when it brushed his eyes. "A month I think. Depends how well I do."

Mia grinned at him. He always did well. He'd fast become the state's top bull rider, and she was fairly certain he'd be in the running for being the best in the country if he kept going the way he was. She worried about him a lot, but telling her brother to give up bull riding would be like him telling her to give up horses, so she never bothered to tell him how dangerous it was or how badly she wished he'd choose a different career. Since she'd come home it had been nice spending time with him, and all she cared about was that he was happy.

"Good luck," she said. "Knock 'em dead, and don't come back until you have another big fancy title belt to show me."

Tanner laughed at her and held his hand up in a wave, shielding bright blue eyes from the sun. "I heard the old man talking earlier about someone coming to help out with the horses. He mention it to you?"

Mia slowly shook her head, panic rising. Why would he do that? Why did her father always have to try to micromanage everything in his life, including his daughter? She sucked back a breath.

"Who is it?" she asked.

"That horse whisperer guy, Sam Mendes," Tanner told her. "Something about having him come by the ranch to discuss working here for a bit. I think Dad's convinced that damn stallion's going to kill you, if he doesn't get someone to help with him."

A shiver ran through Mia that had nothing to do with her bare wet legs. Sam Mendes was coming to their ranch? She might not have been back home for long, but she'd have to be living under a rock not to know who the famous horse trainer was. "Thanks for the heads up."

She waved to Tanner and then headed back inside her house. She'd built her own place, well away from the main ranch house, and it was the complete opposite of the big house she'd grown up in. Her place was small and ultramodern, with a flat angled roof and glass engulfing every side. She had views of the ranch from every room, as well as out to her pool, and there was nothing about it she didn't love. Whereas her family home had been filled with period pieces and exquisite, expensive antiques that her father loved, her furniture was minimalist to match her white walls and high ceilings. The house was perfectly matched to her, and some days she found it hard to leave.

Mia changed into tight cream riding breeches and a T-shirt, grabbed her phone, and stopped to give her cat a scratch under the chin. "See you later, little man." She dropped a kiss to his fluffy black head, smiling at his big yawn, eyes still half shut as he put up with her petting. She'd rescued him from an old barn on their ranch only months earlier, and already he was basking in the luxuries of being a house cat.

She ran down the path that led from her home to the stables, looking forward to seeing her horses before finding her father and demanding to know what he'd done, and why exactly he thought she needed the help of Sam Mendes. It wasn't that she was opposed to spending time with the gorgeous horseman, but she'd have preferred a heads up first.

She slowed to a walk and took her phone from her pocket, searching his name and pulling up his photo on Google. She hardly needed reminding of what he looked like, but it was a good excuse. She remembered him from the time she'd spent at the King family ranch as a girl. He was five, maybe seven years older than Mia, and she'd watched with awe as he'd ridden around the place bareback, always going at a hell of a speed. As a young woman, she'd been one of hundreds of adoring fans at one of his local events when he'd first started out, but their paths had never crossed.

She sighed and put her phone back in her pocket. Working with him one-on-one would be amazing, a dream come true for her professionally, so long as he understood how important the stallion was to her. Her horses were her life, and she wasn't about to let anyone come on to her ranch and tell her that horse was a lost cause. Horse whisperer or not.

CHAPTER 2

SAM pulled up outside the Ford ranch house and turned off his ignition. He rubbed his chin, the stubble prickly, and he wished he'd gone home first and made the trip out the next day. It'd been a long day and the flight from California had been delayed by an hour.

He stretched when he got out, pushing his door shut and taking a look around. The house was as impressive as he'd imagined it would be, with garages to both sides and a huge oak door that he was making his way towards. The house was big, even by Texas ranch standards, and from the looks of the trees and hedges surrounding the entrance and leading around to a big garden, the Fords had fulltime help.

He raised his fist to knock, imagining living in a place as impressive, as he rapped on the solid timber. His house wasn't exactly modest, but he doubted anything in the state rivaled Walter Ford's home.

"You must be Sam."

He lowered his hand and turned. A pretty blonde was standing a few paces away, her hair up in a high ponytail and dressed in riding attire. The tight breeches fit her like a glove, and her dusty black riding boots told him she'd probably already been out riding for the day. She was girl-next-door gorgeous and then some. Her blue-green eyes were warm as she stared at him.

"That's me. I'm looking for Walter," he said.

"I'm Mia," she said, stepping forward and holding out a hand. "Walter's my father."

Sam nodded. So this was probably the little girl he remembered from years ago, except she was all grown up now; she'd obviously graduated from borrowing ponies and had horses of her own. He hadn't expected her to be so cute, not to mention the fact that she actually looked like she'd been getting her hands dirty instead of relying on grooms.

"Your father left a message for me. He made it sound kind of urgent that I come out and take a look at a stallion, as well as working some of the other horses you have here."

Mia's smile was friendly, hand raised to shield her eyes from the sun as she watched him. He noticed that her eyes matched the color of the bluest ocean, her smile reaching all the way to make them sparkle. She was as pretty as a college cheerleader, but with a maturity in her gaze that told him she probably wouldn't appreciate the comparison.

"My father thinks everything he wants requires urgent attention. He doesn't like waiting," she explained dryly. "I'd really appreciate your help with the stallion, but I'm not so sure I need help with the rest."

He nodded. "So he's not here to meet with me?" "He's about as interested in horses as he is in ..." she smiled and held out an envelope to him that had his name scrawled across the top. "I can't even think of anything to compare it to. He tolerates them because I love them, but he'd prefer to get rid of any animal that isn't at the top of their game and start over. He's more interested in what he calls the money makers, so in his eyes only top grade ranch horses are required here."

Sam took the envelope and slid his thumb beneath, gliding it open, curious about Mia and what she had to say. "And you? What do you think?" Walter Ford was serious-kind-of-money wealthy, and Sam knew that men like him had to be ruthless to be so successful. It didn't surprise him that the old man wasn't the sentimental type, but his daughter was obviously cut from a different cloth.

"I think that all animals' lives matter, and I sure as hell don't think you give up on a horse just because they're not behaving perfectly after humans have ruined them. But then what would I know, huh?"

Sam smiled, guessing he'd have disliked her old man anyway, if he'd been there to meet him. He'd straddled two worlds all his life; one as a poor kid trying to look after his sister and protect her against their dad, and the other as the best friend of super-wealthy Nate King, which meant he'd been surrounded by his friend's wealth since he was little. It had opened his eyes and given him perspective, but he never felt comfortable in the world of the rich and famous. He preferred to keep his boots firmly fixed on the ground, no matter how much money he happened to be earning.

He glanced at the letter and realized it was a formal retainer offer. Two grand a day for however long he needed to be at the ranch, but an expected one month minimum duration. His eyebrows lifted at the generous sum. It was probably open for negotiation, too, but he wasn't motivated by money on this job. He'd make his decision once he'd seen the animal that needed his help.

(Continues…)



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carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Soraya Lane,’s Cowboy Stole My Heart Mia Ford is one of the River Ranch fortune heir. But she has proven herself as a champion horse jumper. Mia has just returned to the ranch in Texas but needs help with a stallion. The stallion is just untamable. Sam Mendes is a cowboy who has become famous as “the horse whisperer”. He travels the country giving demonstrations but he would rather deal with horses than with the traveling and dealing with all the people. He is offered the job of taming the stallion. Mia and Ford clash as both are head strong and opinionated with pre-conceived views of each other. Will they both be able to tame their natures while the Sam works with the stallion? The characters are well described and have great dimension. The book weaves together the past and present to make the story easy for the reader to follow. This is an exciting, heartwarming read!!! I volunteered to read Cowboy Stole My Heart. Thanks to St Martin’s Press via NetGalley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Soraya Lane,’s Cowboy Stole My Heart Mia Ford is one of the River Ranch fortune heir. But she has proven herself as a champion horse jumper. Mia has just returned to the ranch in Texas but needs help with a stallion. The stallion is just untamable. Sam Mendes is a cowboy who has become famous as “the horse whisperer”. He travels the country giving demonstrations but he would rather deal with horses than with the traveling and dealing with all the people. He is offered the job of taming the stallion. Mia and Ford clash as both are head strong and opinionated with pre-conceived views of each other. Will they both be able to tame their natures while the Sam works with the stallion? The characters are well described and have great dimension. The book weaves together the past and present to make the story easy for the reader to follow. This is an exciting, heartwarming read!!! I volunteered to read Cowboy Stole My Heart. Thanks to St Martin’s Press via NetGalley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Selfishness and/or betrayal both hurt those used in a relationship. Mia and Sam have both experienced this pain, to different extremes... Pleasing start to a new contemporary western series. Liked Sam and and Mia and their interesting careers. Though Sam's story took too long getting to his betrayal. Would like to read the rest of the series.  Voluntarily read ARC, through Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart is the start of a new series by Soraya Lane. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. While I didn’t ever quite warm up to the hero, the heroine was fun and someone I’d love to go have drinks with on a Friday night. The surrounding cast of characters, especially the horse, were fun, too. If you are looking for a solid cowboy romance, this is a logical choice. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book it so sweet if i were him i would have stop working for and ask her out on a date
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart is a well-written book by Soraya Lane. Ms. Lane has given us a book with phenomenal characters. The angst level is low to medium for our hero, but not overwhelming. Sam is a famous horse whisperer and is bitter from a past relationship. Mia is the owner of a troubled horse, her father hires Sam to work with the horse. Their story is packed with drama, humor, a little action and a bit of spice. It took me a couple chapters to really get hooked by this story but was well worth it. I enjoyed reading Cowboy Stole My Heart and look forward to my next read by Soraya Lane. Cowboy Stole My heart is book 1 of the River Ranch Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. I also won a print copy of this book from Goodreads. I must have really been meant to read this book!
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Mia is just a down home girl who comes from Texas royalty but can she convince her new horse trainer to give her a chance and see where it leads. Sam it done with traveling and it ready to enjoy life back home at the ranch when he get a call and is wondering if tangling with Texas royalty will be worth it? Can they both come to an agreement and help each other out or will it all be to much for both of them? I enjoyed the story it was a really sweet love story with some fun adventures thrown in. I have never read anything by Soraya so I am not sure if its normal for her books but it seemed like the story would have been a lot better with out all the curse words it just seems a little to much. There is strong language and adult scenes in the book. I will say that the relationship with Kat, Tanner, Angie, Cody and Mia was super sweet I loved the bickering and the back in forth but when one needed the other they were there for each other and added such a sweet element to the storyline.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Mia is just a down home girl who comes from Texas royalty but can she convince her new horse trainer to give her a chance and see where it leads. Sam it done with traveling and it ready to enjoy life back home at the ranch when he get a call and is wondering if tangling with Texas royalty will be worth it? Can they both come to an agreement and help each other out or will it all be to much for both of them? I enjoyed the story it was a really sweet love story with some fun adventures thrown in. I have never read anything by Soraya so I am not sure if its normal for her books but it seemed like the story would have been a lot better with out all the curse words it just seems a little to much. There is strong language and adult scenes in the book. I will say that the relationship with Kat, Tanner, Angie, Cody and Mia was super sweet I loved the bickering and the back in forth but when one needed the other they were there for each other and added such a sweet element to the storyline.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart by new to me author Soraya Lane, is an entertaining read. This western themed romance is replete with cowboys, horses and hardworking Texans. This is the first book from the author's River Ranch series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Mia Ford is a very wealthy young woman, yet she is able to keep her wits about her and takes nothing for granted. Her love of horses led her to a career in competitive riding, in addition to managing the stable on her family's ranch. When she becomes the owner of her late best friend's horse, she is emotional, sad, and unable to use her expertise to tame him. Luckily, her Dad is able to hire the area's best horse whisperer, Sam Mendes, but Mia has her doubts about his ability to be successful with such an emotionally damaged animal. Mia has crushed on Sam for years and now she is basically his boss. Sam loves horses, especially those that do not want to listen or be trained for bigger and better opportunities. Mia's horse is a real challenge, however, he believes he can help him. At first, Sam finds Mia's presence to be a hindrance, as well as an attractive distraction. However, overtime, they learn to deal with each other and evolve their working relationship into much more. This is a nicely-written story with two main characters that are genuine and very talented in their chosen professions. Mia's ability to trust Sam is a slow process, but his professionalism, good-looks and expertise eventually win her over. If you are in the mood for a hot romance on the ranch, than pick up a copy of this book. Complimentary copy provided by the the publisher via NetGalley.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I️ don’t typically go for the western romances. I’m more a paranormal or historical romance kind of gal, but when a rep from a publisher emailed me and asked if I️ would be interested in trying out something new, I️ thought why not. I’m so glad I️ did. I loved this story. I loved the writing style of the author. The characters were so strong, the development of their relationship was steady, real and great. The conflict was authentic and well developed. Mia is such a strong female lead and I loved how she showed Sam that she was no pampered Princess.  Sam definitely has scars and I understand his hesitation to try again at love. When she confesses her feelings the scene was so emotional and strong that I totally felt for both characters and I thought it was intense. How he wins her back was classic Hallmark romance moment, but in this case, it totally worked for the story. I️ loved every second of this story. It was passionate and entertaining and will definitely pick up more from this author and this series.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane is the first book in the new series called "River Ranch". This is the story of Mia Ford and Sam Mendes. Mia was able to save a horse and is now looking for someone to help her further to bring the horse out to what he should be. Which brings Sam a horse trainer into her world after asking for his help. Although they started off on a few wrong feet there was a instant attraction. Sam was drawn to the horse as well as Mia. Sam has sworn of that emotional Love feeling by Mia is hard to resist but she is his boss too....but can he get past that? Emotional feel good read for sure.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane is the first book in the new series called "River Ranch". This is the story of Mia Ford and Sam Mendes. Mia was able to save a horse and is now looking for someone to help her further to bring the horse out to what he should be. Which brings Sam a horse trainer into her world after asking for his help. Although they started off on a few wrong feet there was a instant attraction. Sam was drawn to the horse as well as Mia. Sam has sworn of that emotional Love feeling by Mia is hard to resist but she is his boss too....but can he get past that? Emotional feel good read for sure.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series - and I loved it! I can’t wait to read more in this heartwarming series. Mia Ford is a hard working, determined young lady and not the pampered princess that Sam Mendes initially assumed. He’s a horse whisperer and has been called in by her father to try to help a stallion that is proving too much to handle, despite previously being a talented show jumper. Despite many inaccurate negative assumptions, the two humans are drawn to each other as they strive to rehabilitate the horse. This is a delightful, well-written, emotional story of love helping heal heartbreak and more. It has great human and animal characters who are brought vividly to life within the pages of the story. It is a tale of following your heart and daring to dream, a journey of discovery with love and redemption as the end goal. I look forward to reading more in this series and have no hesitation in recommending this story to anyone who enjoys emotive cowboy romances. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
SOMDReigel More than 1 year ago
A no-expectation fling. These two started with bad impressions with each other and didn’t get along. It kept the story going and was interesting. This book started good but less than halfway through it slowly gets boring. The sexual tension and romance between them was obvious but it just simmers and I craved for more. Well written, interesting characters (I especially liked Sam’s sister Faith). I just longed for something special to happen. I never really got into Sam though near the end with the scene in his own barn he melted my heart a bit. Mia, I thought was awesome. She’s strong, fiery, independent and takes chances. You get the happily ever after but I thought it was abrupt and wished there was more to it. Overall a good read. Fans of cowboy romances will enjoy this.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
If you love horses and all things horse whispery, then this is the book for you! Mia has fought and struggled to remain independent from her father’s wealth. A horsewoman in her own right, she’s outraged to learn that he has hired one of the most talent horse whisperers in the country to help with a troubled stallion she owns. True, she is lost as to what to do to help this special animal, but her father really should’ve talked to her first. Sam never sat out to make a name for himself teaching others how to train and handle horses, but it was a talent that came naturally and a position he fell into at a time in life when he needed something to help heal his mind. When he is confronted with Mia Ford, he’s expecting her to be a rich society lady who refuses to get her hands dirty but soon learns she is anything but. When these two first come together sparks fly and emotions roil. Mia and Sam both have preconceived expectations but they are both quickly proven to be wrong and their relationship takes a sharp turn to the physical. However, Sam has a history that has left him hurt and bitter and he remains adamant that what they share can never be anything more than just sex. The beginning felt a bit slow and I found myself skimming. Some of the disagreements between these two just didn’t seem to be justified. However, once they got past the “I hate you” stage I quickly became engaged in their story. I did get a bit tired of Sam keeping Mia at a distance. And when the end came I felt there needed be some real groveling take place of which there was not. Overall, I actually enjoyed this book, a lot. It was a bit angsty in places, but not to the point of making me cringe and the steam factor was as high as the chili peppers Mia and Sam ate on their first date. I will definitely be watching for the next book in the series as well as checking out previous books from this author. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane River Ranch #1 Loved the premise for the story – horse whisperer helping a damaged horse that has been saved by the woman the horse whisperer will fall for. So, we should see what makes the H/h and the horse tick, learn a few things about horses and whisperers and perhaps show jumping riders of the professional sort and have a bit of romance, right? And that is what happened but I had trouble relating to the reasons that Sam the horse whisperer pulled out to avoid commitment. I also found that the way Mia fell for Sam and was so forthright and strong in some ways didn’t mesh with her times of not listening and then kind of making Sam “pay”…though he did deserve to suffer a bit for his dumb moves and statements. And…the preppy geek…not sure what purpose he really had in the story. I think maybe I felt this was a bit formulaic in format and predictable and I would have preferred the two to actually communicate and get to know one another on a deeper level than they actually did. All in all not a bad read and not a great one but an okay one…and I am curious about who will be starring in book two of the series. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane River Ranch #1 Loved the premise for the story – horse whisperer helping a damaged horse that has been saved by the woman the horse whisperer will fall for. So, we should see what makes the H/h and the horse tick, learn a few things about horses and whisperers and perhaps show jumping riders of the professional sort and have a bit of romance, right? And that is what happened but I had trouble relating to the reasons that Sam the horse whisperer pulled out to avoid commitment. I also found that the way Mia fell for Sam and was so forthright and strong in some ways didn’t mesh with her times of not listening and then kind of making Sam “pay”…though he did deserve to suffer a bit for his dumb moves and statements. And…the preppy geek…not sure what purpose he really had in the story. I think maybe I felt this was a bit formulaic in format and predictable and I would have preferred the two to actually communicate and get to know one another on a deeper level than they actually did. All in all not a bad read and not a great one but an okay one…and I am curious about who will be starring in book two of the series. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
This book is about Mia Ford and Sam Mendes. Mia's father owns River Ranch and has hired Sam to help a stallion that Mia bought that is out of control. Mia was raised with money and privilege but has never let it change who she truly is or what she wants to do with her life. She loves her horses and works them just like any other person would. Sam had a nasty break up and no longer wants anything to do with love, marriage, or making a family. He figures he is done with it so he can''t be hurt again. Mia had a crush on Sam for a long time after seeing his work with horses, but then she meets him and thinks he's a jerk. Sam goes into the meeting with Mia thinking she's just another spoiled princess, and reacts to his preconceived ideas about her. Little did either know that both of their lives are going to change. This is the first book I read by Soraya Lane. I had heard good things about her writing so I thought, ok I will try it. I had a really hard time reading this book. There were parts that were ok for me. But on a whole I had a really hard time with it. Mia seemed to have her back up from the get go with Sam. No matter what he said I felt like she would snap at him. Sam seemed to be completely stuck in the past and painting every woman the same as his ex. Regardless of him knowing that not all women are that way. Between that and him and him not wanting to tell Mia anything about his life outside of the horses. And that in itself caused even more problems than they were already dealing with. Now that's not to say that there weren't some good parts. I liked how they each were with their own families. And when they just let things be and were together I liked their relationship then. It just wasn't my cup of tea. Some people may love it. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those people. There was potential there, it just didn't live up to it for me.
BoxerLover2 More than 1 year ago
Contemporary romance set in Texas with dogs, horses and big money. This was my first read by Soraya Lane. The author of romance and World War II historical fiction lives in New Zealand. The book was provided by NetGalley for an honest review. I have issues with the book. 1) Location. The story revolves around Mia, the daughter of a rich family who loves horses and Sam, a guy from a broken home who makes good by becoming a horse whisperer. Sam lives about an hour away from Mia’s family ranch. And there is my problem. In Texas, one hour away is practically next door. Disclaimer -- I grew up in Texas. I have difficulty believing that these two didn’t know of each other, or hadn’t previously met. 2) Mia’s friends. Mia has two friends, Kit and Kimberley (hurray for female friendships). One of these friends was killed in an accident. The accident is the reason the horse whisperer was needed. I had difficulty keeping these friends straight in my head. It would have been better if the friends had completely opposite names, instead of both beginning with K. 3) Sam and Mia. Until I hit 80%, I didn’t really like either Sam or Mia. I felt Sam was an a-hole. Mia wasn’t much better. Were they were written this way to demonstrate how they both protected themselves? I just didn’t like them. There was a brief reference to Sam’s military service in Iraq, but it was never fully explained. At 80% Mia finally tugged at my heart and I felt her pain. Pardon me while I wipe the tears from my eyes. 4) The Grand Gesture. Chapter 23, 96% into the book Sam stages a grand gesture for Mia. And she says no. In front of a large crowd. I was shocked. If you are going to all this trouble, at least have it turn out positively. No was not the answer I was looking for. 5) Epilogue. The HEA is explained in the epilogue. It was good up until the very last paragraph. I had to re-read that paragraph three times to try to understand what Sam was thinking. I think I understand, but I am not sure. Not being sure is the problem. 2 & ½ stars, rounded up to 3 Stars.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
Cowboy Stole My Heart was a very interesting read for me. Author Soraya Lane did a good job developing the two main characters, Mia Ford, horsewoman and competetive horse-jumper, and Sam Mendes, horse trainer described as an excellent horse whisperer. I found both of these characters to be quite fascinating. Mia grew up living the lifestyle of the wealthy and privledged but wasn't spoiled by it. She is determined to pay her own way and demonstrate strong independence. Sam grew up with an alcoholic father after his mother abandoned him and his sister, He found his way and his passion around horses. At first I didn't feel the chemistry between these two, mostly because Sam was so determined to never fall in love again following a disaster in his past. The storyline here was a little slow at first but as I read further I became more and more involved in Mia and Sam. The author spelled out the conflict and resolution in this story quite well. She wrote a good story of two people overcoming things in their pasts to find love and a HEA. I voluntarily read an ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read too many of Ms. Lane’s books but will rectify that since I really enjoyed this one. It is equal parts sexy, swoony, witty and steamy, many of the things I look for in a good romance. I loved Sam and Mia and found that I was rooting for them from the beginning. I guess you could say that this book stole my heart!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After a rather harsh break-up Sam Mendes is in need of a little distraction, something to take his mind off of his broken heart, and give him a chance to put all that lingering hurt into his work, and help him forget. So, when the opportunity to work with a troubled horse comes along he figures it is the perfect avenue for him, he can put his skills to work, and put his broken heart out of his mind. But then the horse's feisty owner wanders into his world and starts turning it upside down... From outward appearances it would seem that Mia Ford was just another spoiled little rich princess who has given everything she has... but that couldn't be farther from the truth, she has worked for every little cent she has, and she isn't about to let someone come onto her land and make her feel undeserving or entitled. So, when the knew horse whisperer Sam Mendes wanders onto her ranch and starts making assumptions, she makes sure it comes back to bite him in the butt! She can do the job just as easily as he can, and she isn't about to let him think otherwise, nor is she going to let her guard down and fall victim to the unwanted advances from the Mr. Know it all either... good plan right??? Cowboy Stole My Heart is a profoundly sweet tale that is sure to have readers singing it's praises and delighting over it's wonderfully crafted characters!! Who knew one trouble making horse could bring so much joy to two people lives, what started as a mission to correct the horses errant behavior quickly became something all together unexpected and oh so pleasurable. These two were quite the pair, when they weren't at each other's throats, or trying to outdo each other, they were swooning over one another, and trying their damnedest not to fall for one another... their story was quite a little literary treat! Being my first novel from this author I wasn't sure what to expect, but after a few chapters into I knew I had discovered something quite special, her wonderful story kept me captivated from start to finish and left me aching for more!! Highly recommend this one, these wonderful characters are sure to steal your heart and keep you quite entertained!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: She was as pretty as a college cheerleader, but with a maturity in her gaze that told him she probably wouldn’t appreciate the comparison. Nate had been completely whipped by his sister, and even though he’d personally stopped believing in love, he knew his sister and Nate had the real thing going on. And if Nate ever let her down, he’d forget they’d been best friends since pre-K and beat the *#& out of him. …now she knew why she was supposed to hold that part of herself back, why she should never have let herself fall so hard for Sam. He’d wanted her for a good time, not a long time… “Man, what happened to the bachelors, huh?” “Hey, it’s when we both start driving minivans that we have to worry,” My Review: This was a slowly developing story and while I enjoyed the premise, the high level of angst and slow progression of the narrative caused the story to lag and feel somewhat tiresome to get through. The positive periods in the storyline appeared all too brief and fleeting, although I greatly enjoyed their relaxed and happy periods, steamy affair, amusing humor, and the gentle and thoughtful use of the depicted rehabilitative horse therapies.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! I really enjoyed this one. I found the writing and character developed excellent and there was a nice easy flow to the story. Overall a very well done book. Mia Ford may be an heiress but she's a hardworking horsewoman and doesn't need any man trying to tell her what to do with a horse. Sam Mendez may have a special way with horses but handling women is beyond him. Especially Mia Ford. She drives him crazy in a kinds of ways and he's trying his best to resist the temptation. He's only at her ranch to help with a horse but the draw of Mia may be too much for him to handle. I highly recommend this one