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Hometown Cowboy

Hometown Cowboy

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by Sara Richardson

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Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot—will not—fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see



Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot—will not—fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father—Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Richardson (Something like Love) launches a contemporary series with the earnest sincerity, heart, and Colorado setting that are her trademarks. Jessa Mae Love wants the thing her mother always eschewed: a committed romantic relationship. But when her boyfriend breaks up with her by text message, she starts reconsidering her priorities. Determined to give up on men and dedicate herself to building up the animal shelter her father founded, she calls on her cohort of feisty and funny friends for a makeover and support for her new resolution. And it all goes hilariously awry when Lance Cortez, a rodeo champion determined to get one last world title before retiring, barges into her living room and her life. Though Lance is still struggling with betrayals in his past, the two begin a tentative, oft-interrupted flirtation. Their story is sensitive, charmingly funny, satisfyingly spicy, and dedicated to ensuring both protagonists grow to earn their lasting love. This will satisfy Richardson’s fans while welcoming new readers to a sweeping land of mountains, cowboys, and romance. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Charming, witty, and fun. There's no better read. I enjoyed every word!"—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

"Filled with humor, heart, and love, this page-turner is one wild ride."—Jennifer Ryan, New York Times bestselling author

"An emotional ride with characters that come alive on every single page. Sara brings real feelings to every scene she writes."—Carolyn Brown, New York Times Bestselling Author

"[The] story is sensitive, charmingly funny, satisfyingly spicy, and dedicated to ensuring both protagonists grow to earn their lasting love. This will satisfy Richardson's fans while welcoming new readers to a sweeping land of mountains, cowboys, and romance."—Publishers Weekly

"In the debut of her Rocky Mountain Riders series, Richardson creates an engaging small-town setting, filled with a richly detailed population, including two hurt and lonely protagonists, whose funny and moving journey together is sure to earn plenty of new fans...there is plenty to enjoy in this spirited heartwarming story."—RT Book Reviews

"Fans of Robyn Carr will undoubtedly enjoy the Heart of the Rockies series."—RT Book Reviews on More Than a Feeling

"The author's compassion shines through her beautifully flawed and earnest characters and takes readers on an emotionally wrenching journey to the elusive goal of love."—Publishers Weekly on Something Like Love

"A must-read contemporary romance!...vivid characters and a few great twists...sizzles with sexual tension on every page. The ending was a perfect, lovely and sigh-worthy happy-ever-after ... and still kinda romantically hot, as befits the rest of the novel."—USA Today on Something Like Love

"Richardson's debut packs a powerful emotional punch. [Her] deft characterization creates a hero and heroine who will elicit laughs in some places and tears in others."—Publishers Weekly on No Better Man

"[Richardson's] brisk storytelling and the charming, endearing characters set within a solid, engaging plot make this sweet romance shine. This is a truly delightful read."—RT Book Reviews on No Better Man

"Fresh, fun, well-written, a dazzling debut."—Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

"The perfect balance of humor, heart and heat. I couldn't put it down! Sara Richardson will sweep you away."—Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author on No Better Man

"An enjoyable read. Richardson's spunky, baseball-lovin' heroine is delightful!"—Katie Lane, USA Today bestselling author on No Better Man

Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
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Rocky Mountain Riders Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado's rugged mountains. She's climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons.

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Hometown Cowboy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AboutThatStory 15 days ago
I had so much fun reading this and getting to know Jessa and Lance. It was just so entertaining and sweet. By the end, I was smiling big time! A hot, stubborn cowboy plus a woman who is trying to avoid love? Those two combined made for such a great story. I loved getting to learn Jessa and Lance’s histories and watch them open up. I thought they had fun chemistry and I liked their flirting and banter. I loved the humor and Jessa’s attitude about love. They both have some issues they were working on and I liked the drama that those things brought to the story. This was just fun to read and lose myself in, totally enjoyable. There was a great cast of characters. I liked Jessa’s relationship with her girlfriends and how sweet that was. The relationships between the women brought some laugher to the story and was really entertaining. I loved the male bonding with the brothers, I am such a sucker for that. They had a really interesting back story that seemed to very much shape who they are. It will be fun to see where the series goes and what adventures will happen. For the most part I felt this was a light read but there were some serious moments involved and emotions came into play, I like how it all blended together. I really liked the overall story and details. Not overly in depth but it was really descriptive and had a great build. I thought the writing was really good. The first half seemed a bit drawn out to me but the second half had a great flow. Low heat. Nice drama. Awesome connection between the main characters. I was kind of back and forth between liking and loving it but the last 25% pushed me over to love! Such a sweet love story about people finding love, healing, and truly connecting! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
BuckeyeAngel 18 days ago
Jessa Mae Love is a small-town vet who is unlucky in love. She starts right off by being dumped via text, which also makes her lose her number one donor. Lance Cortez has been busy training for his next rodeo. However, when his dad’s heath takes a turn for the worst, he feels he has no choice but to find a way to help him. His best solution is to talk his dad’s friend Jessa to move in with them. This sounded like a cute and quick read. However, I really just didn’t like Jessa very well. I also didn’t care for Lance. Unfortunately because of that I just couldn’t get into this book. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Nicolerko 12 months ago
This is the first book in the series and it was a great start. I got sucked right into the book and I couldn't put it down. There were moments in the book that had me tearing up. I really enjoyed the characters. I liked the banter between them. I also liked the close friendship the women have. Lance's past has jaded him on the thought of marriage, but sometimes it just takes the right woman. Even though Jessa's love life has let her down so many times she still has her heart set on her own HEA. What happens when a romantic soul and a commitment phobe come together, well you're going to find out in his one. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
RomanticReadsandSuch 12 months ago
This is a fantastic introduction to Richardson’s new series. We get to meet some great characters and have little glimpses at what is probably going to be future story-lines, but without cheating these two out of a well-deserved HEA. Jessa is a kind-hearted, giving person … and Lance is her opposite – closed-off, gruff, and private, he’s got a big heart but he’s also got some demons. When Jessa’s friendship with Lance’s dad puts them in each other’s orbit, Lance is thrown for a loop. He should definitely be staying far away from the good girl looking for Prince Charming, but there’s something about her that just draws him in. The back and forth between these two is a ton of fun. He’s all prickly and she’s got a ton of spirit, so you know that sparks will fly. They both know that they shouldn’t be together but the attraction is just too hard to resist. After the required blow-ups and misunderstandings, hurt feelings and apologies, everything comes together well. Between his brothers & her friends you know that there are more of these to come and I’m looking forward to it. These people all need things to go their way as soon as possible. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
alterlisa 12 months ago
I absolutely loved this story. Jessa and Lance had me laughing out loud so many times. I also loved that Lance cared so much about his father. Nothing like a sexy cowboy who loves kids and older people. This small town romance was chock full of awesome characters. I can't wait to see them in future books in this series. Lance and Jessa's path to a HEA is not an easy one but their journey sure made a fantastic read. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley
Rhondaz 12 months ago
Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson......This is a sweet fun story that will pull some on your heartstrings. I loved the story of Jessa and Lance, it is so believable I felt like they are part of my family. Sara Richardson will pull the reader into the story and doesn't let go until the last word. I highly recommend this book or any book by this amazing author. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After watching his mother walk away years ago Lance Cortez developed a bone deep resistance to love, he just doesn't see the point in it plain and simple, you risk putting yourself out there only to have that person pack up and leave town when things get too tough. So, he's always put off an unavailable vibe when woman start to get ideas and think he might be interested in them for more than just a night or two. But for the first time in his life he's met a woman who found a way to sneak under the radar, problem is she has no idea that she's done it, nor does she seem interested in him at all. The minute he sees Jessa Mae Love in a whole new light he starts to crave her, wants to spend time with her, but she seems to be completely unaware of the vibes he is sending her way...so now he's forced to get a little creative in order to lure her in!! Jessa Mae Love is tired of getting her hopes up, thinking her happily ever after is about to happen, and then having the man in her life walk away. Her recent break-up is the last straw, she is done with men, dating, relationships...all of it! She has decided to just focus on her work for now, and take a little break from love, but continue to hold out hope that it will someday find her. But her little "no men" plan takes a hit when sexy bull rider Lance Cortez lures her into his world... Nobody does small town romances quite like Ms. Richardson, she has a knack for creating these heartfelt stories that pull you in completely from the first chapter, have you instantly taken with her endearing characters by the second, and not ever wanting to leave them by the third! I loved everything about Jessa and Lance's story, it had moments that touched my heart, moments that left me smiling, and of course a few toe curling moments that had me swooning. I am a sucker for a good small town romance story, especially one with a hot cowboy at the helm, and I have to say this one definitely hit the mark... and then some!! Highly recommend this charming little read, it's sure to leave you with a happy heart and maybe even a cowboy crush too!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I downloaded this on a whim, looking for some new sorbet authors. I really liked Jessa. She's genuinely a good person, loyal, loving and so kind. I truly enjoyed being in her head. Lance is stubborn and stand off ish and maybe a bit cocky and he wears it well. Their UST was off the charts. The plot was sweet and funny and maybe a bit heartbreaking. Of course there's the angry break up and grand gesture, but it was the epilogue that was the best. And with this great cast of her bffs and his brothers, I'm hoping everyone gets paired off for more books. Overall, a quick and cute read with a majority satisfying ending. I'll definitely be looking for other books in the series. **Huge thanks to Forever and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The best gifts are the ones presented with love. Words to live by. Hometown Cowboy has LOVE written all over it. Ms. Richardson's kinship with her readers is evident with every word she writes and each character she creates. She targets the heart and scores with every aim. Hometown Cowboy starts with regrets and sorrow but gradually builds with a brighter hope for a better tomorrow. Lance and Jessa's path is not always pretty, but it's built on real emotion and not manufactured in any way. To heal the pain of the past, we have to face it, accept it and move forward. I never tire of this author, her melodies always hit the right chord with me.