It Started with a Cowboy

It Started with a Cowboy

by Jennie Marts

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"Chemistry so electric it flies off the page."—RT Book Reviews 4 stars for Caught Up in a Cowboy

What will this cowboy risk for love?

Colt James is back home on the family ranch, and he's done taking risks. A car accident ruined his shot at a professional hockey career and messed up his love life, and he's not taking a chance on anything that seems too good to be true. Especially not on Chloe Bishop, his nephew's irresistibly charming teacher and the one woman he can't stop thinking about.

Chloe Bishop liked her life the way it was—orderly, structured and safe. Life goes from managed to messy when Colt talks her into helping him coach a hockey team of rowdy eight-year-olds. Being this close to the cowboy she's crushing on is dangerous territory. But when a real enemy threatens Chloe, Colt will do anything to protect her. Even if it means risking himself—and his heart.

A delightful cowboy romance, perfect for readers of Maisey Yates and Carolyn Brown!

Cowboys of Creedence series:
Caught Up in a Cowboy (Book 1)
You Had Me at Cowboy (Book 2)
It Started With a Cowboy (Book 3)

Praise for Caught Up in a Cowboy:
"Funny, complicated, and irresistible. Sometimes a cowboy isn't perfect but you got to love him anyway." —JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author
"Full of exquisite heat and enthralling combination of intense moments, playful banter and great depth of emotion."—Harlequin Junkie
"An appealing story of love rediscovered...enjoy this tender tale."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492655756
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Cowboys of Creedence Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 109,082
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennie Marts is the USA Today bestselling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books "laugh out loud" funny and the "perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam." Fic Central claimed one of her books was "the most fun I've had reading in years." She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She's addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can't have too many books, shoes, or friends. Her books include the contemporary western romances of the Cowboys of Creedence and the Hearts of Montana series, the cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Cotton Creek Romance series. Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

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It Started with a Cowboy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
UpAllNightBB 5 days ago
4.5 stars Review by Leah Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog Hot for Teacher! It Started with a Cowboy by Jennie Marts is a small town love story. Chloe’s life is teaching at the local elementary school and then home to her cat Agatha. Growing up was a little tough with a single dad that was an addict. She tried to be everything and above to get approval from her father but growing up that way has beaten down her own self-image. Almost to a point where the roller coaster of her emotions through this book drags on a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong I love Chloe and her huge heart for children. Even her creative crazy PG curse words that come out of her mouth in this book will have you giggling. I don’t think I could take someone serious with some of the sayings she comes up with. When she meets Colton James or rather crashes into him, her life as she knows it is thrown in the air. For someone that needs control of every single second, it causes some ruckus. Colton James is hot for teacher but the way he describes her "skittish as a colt", is spot on. He is afraid he will run her off if he pursues her the way he would like to. Colton and Chloe’s relationship is one of those where you stand back and just smile and watch the magic happen. Colton’s heart is freaking huge! Come on, he is a country boy, respects his momma, helps out his neighbors, volunteers at the PD and FD and loves kids…. What else would he need to do to get the good guy status? Maybe protect Chloe from the neighbors crazy ex-hub? Oh yeah, he does that too. I freaking love Aunt Sassy, what a pistol! And all the little extras that sneak in. I think my favorite is Maddie playing hockey and, of course, Max who has already laid claim that he will be marrying Chloe when he grows up. If you have not watched a little league hockey game, find one now and go watch. They are so much fun. This is really a fun, loving and heartfelt story. I definitely recommend.
MalkaShayna 11 days ago
This is the third book in the series about the James brothers of Creedence, Colorado. The first book was about oldest brother, Rockford, NHL hockey star and the second about middle brother, Mason. This is about youngest brother, Colt, who we had glimpses of in the other 2 books. Colt could have been a hockey pro too, as he was even better than Rock, but an accident caused by his own carelessness cost him, his hockey career, girlfriend and college scholarship. He got it in his head that he is cursed, so spends most of his spare time, when not working on the family ranch, the Triple J, helping others. He tries to avoid the attraction he has for grade school teacher, Chloe Bishop. Chloe also has a head full of negative self talk. She was brought up by an abusive father after her mother walked out on them. She can't understand why someone as gorgeous as Cole would be interested in a frumpy school teacher, so when he is threaten by her next door neighbor's ex, she assumes that Colt is just helping her as a friend. The two of them are like yo-yos, giving into the attraction and then letting the negative voices in their heads, push the other away. This is so real. Will the thought that they might lose the other, force them to finally open up and express their fears of love and loss? I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review. While it can be read as a stand alone, why would you want to when their mother, Vivienne raised 3 such irresistible men? The characters are wonderful, the plot compelling and the narrative masterfully written. In addition the author includes both a skating and self defense lesson, provided by Colt to Chloe.
ReadingInPajamas 12 days ago
Review: IT STARTED WITH A COWBOY by Jennie Marts Publication Date: April 30, 2019 Genre: Western Contemporary Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4 Stars I enjoyed this story of two people finding their confidence and how they learn to let go of their pasts. Colt was sexy, handsome and a truly nice man. I liked Chloe well enough but wish she hadn’t come across so needy at times. At one point, she should have been the one to come forward to apologize, not Colt. That being said…they were good for each other. The danger to her was believable and flowed nicely with the story, showcasing her hang-ups, personality and giving nature. I also love the people around them, family and friends with their lifelong banter is something I enjoy in books. It’s a nice and sexy romance that left me smiling. *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~*~
blonde_betty 14 days ago
It Started with a Cowboy by Jennie Marts is the third book in her Creedence, Colorado, series about hockey playing cowboys. Colt, the third James brother, falls hard for Chloe Bishop, third grade teacher and huge heart. Colt and Chloe’s road is awfully rocky, but it is worth it to stick it out. I did occasionally want to slap them both and tell them to just go have a conversation. Marts brings it back around and provides a satisfying HEA where they both move past their demons. There are a couple minor characters that standout, so hopefully we will see more of this series going forward. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Tammy-H 14 days ago
I loved my first book by this author! Great characters and an exciting, inspiring story. I can't wait to read more of her work. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 17 days ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. Cute romance filled with misunderstandings and insecurities for both colt and Chloe. They each feel that they are not worthy of the other and Chloe especially has lots of baggage from her childhood with an alcoholic abusive father. They struggle with their feelings and they struggle with not talking things out with each other! Along with the struggle to figure out their relationship, they are trying to coach a kids hockey team as well as helping Tina and her family stay safe from her dangerous ex-husband. It was great when they finally admitted their feelings and talked about their insecurities and finally got their HEA!
JChris 19 days ago
This is the first full-length book I have read by Jenni Marts. I love her writing style blending a funny entertaining story with a very serious side. Although this book is the 3rd in the Cowboys of Creedence series, I was able to follow the story completely, not feeling like I missed anything. I am sure that reading the entire series would bring more depth to the characters and the plot. Jennie created great chemistry between the two main characters, Colt and Chloe. I love the dialog between them. I especially enjoyed reading their “thoughts” going on in their minds as they talked to one another or just when they were alone. It was such a natural thing that I think everyone does. By having this as part of the story, the reader sees what is truly felt, even if it is not spoken out loud. I enjoyed so much seeing both Colt and Chloe develop into more secure, strong people independently of each other, but by this happening, their relationship became stronger. Colt thinks we wants a life with no great risks. He believes if he desires something too much, it will be taken away by “the curse” that follows him. His past has indeed been filled with much disappointment. Chloe thinks she wants an orderly, structured life, unlike her childhood with an alcoholic, verbally abusive father and no mother around. The find each other and both are afraid of the strong feelings they have, but in time, as the flow of wonderful romance stories go, they become brave enough to admit their love and build a basis for a happily ever after. Lastly, I will add that I loved Chloe’s colorful “non-cursing”. It was a hoot to read every one! I received the ARC of this book from SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca. My review is my own opinion not influenced by receiving the book.
Linda__ 19 days ago
Loved this book! Chloe is a elementary school teacher smitten with a sexy cowboy, Colt. However, Chloe's own mother abandoned her and her father convinced her she was worthless. Colt has experienced a series of problems/disappointments and has convinced himself he's cursed and unlovable. Reading about these two characters with poor self esteem muddle through a relationship was engaging - I felt invested in the characters and wanted them to get a HEA ending. I especially loved reading about Chloe and how she responded when her regimented life was thrown out of whack. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. The author is on my must read authors' list. While this novel is part of a series, it is a stand alone book, however, it's so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all.
Cali-Jewel 19 days ago
Could not help but fall head over heels in love with this beautifully complicated cowboy and his equally intriguing, sexy and fun match made in heaven..... This is a very heart felt, sassy, fun and witty reading experience that had me laughing, crying and all the good feels going... Loved it!
Heather_P 19 days ago
This book has minor cussing (just one really out of character f-bomb) and some sex, but nothing overly graphic or crass. If those things offend you, these things are easily skipped over. I really adored this book because Chloe and Colt's romance was so organic and so sweet. Although I started this book at a difficult time in my life which made reading time very difficult to find, I I found myself engrossed in the story from beginning to end and finished this book in two days. I also loved the plot with the neighbor's children (trying not to spoil anything) and Chloe and Colt's entire relationship with them all. Finding characters that are just good people but who are believable can often be sketchy in romance novels, but Ms. Marts absolutely nailed it. She made both characters likable and impossible to root against without making them wishy-washy or unbelievable as real people. Chloe was seriously adorable - she was sweet, unique, and quirky without being a caricature or obnoxious, and Colt was the epitome of a good guy without being too perfect. Heck, even Agatha and Watson were great characters. Anyone who enjoys a hot cowboy, a quirky teacher, and/or a well-written romance should give this book a read. I highly recommend it.
sbart84 19 days ago
Loved, loved Colt, I think he is my favorite James brother. Colt is back home and done taking risks until he meets Chloe, an elementary school teacher. Chloe is an introvert and very shy, and has had a secret crush on Colt. Colt is always available and to lend a helping hand but he feels he has a curse in the romance department, but Chloe might just change that. Whats not to love, Colt is such a giving person and sexy to boot. He is so good with kids too. Chloe has had a terrible past in growing up, but has now come out of her shell with Colt. Loved the humor that Marts has added to the story, had me laughing out many times. Loved the cute cursing!! This is the third book in the series but can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend this book!!
Shirleylinn 19 days ago
Colt and Chloe are endearing characters that pull you in from the beginning. Self doubt is a struggle and it holds them back from sharing their feelings. When Chloe is in danger Colt will do anything to keep her safe. This is an emotionally driven story with a Hea.
JaneN17 19 days ago
Home Run!! This was a great story! Two people who really lacked confidence in themselves finding their way to each other with loads of misunderstandings and mishaps. This story was sweet, sexy, romantic and funny at times. I fell in love with Colt and Chloe’s story!
KindleKat64 20 days ago
I really love this series and Colt James is now my favorite cowboy! He's so dreamy! I absolutely love Colt & Chloe's story and the way their relationship develops so beautifully from friends to lovers but really to so much more than that. He treats her the way every woman wants to be treated; he is so protective and so genuine. He is also one of the hardest working all around good guys helping out wherever he can. Chloe is awesome! Because she is an elementary school teacher, she has some of the funniest non swear words I've ever heard! I love her! From the story line to the characters, Ms. Marts has truly given us a heartwarming and sweet story about two people who have hearts of gold who will do anything to protect the people in their lives. They aren't perfect but they sure are perfect for each other. I honestly just adore this couple and their whole story!
caroldh4 20 days ago
It started with a Cowboy is book three in the Cowboys of Creedence series by Jennie Marts. This is a story about two people that for separate reasons of their own, doubted their own self worth, didn’t feel like they deserved true happiness, and were afraid of allowing themselves to truly open their hearts and accept someone’s love. Chloe Bishop is thirty years old and teaches third grade in the local elementary school. She lives alone with her cat, Agatha. An exciting night for Chloe is to knit and watch NetFlix in her pajamas with her cat. Chloe was abused as a child, both emotionally and physically. So, as a result, she struggles with how she sees herself. Chloe has known Colt for a couple of months now and has had a huge crush on him since the first time she saw him. But she never let it show. Because Colt was everything in a man she knew she could never have. He was way out of her league. Colt James is the younger brother of Rock and Mason whom we met in the previous books. Colt might have been on track for a professional hockey career but something happened when he was in high school that took that option off the table. Now he is happy to help out his family on The Triple J Ranch where he also lives in a cabin, and to help out around town wherever he is needed. He has also been crushing on the pretty school teacher. Then, when she literally crashed right into him, it gave him the opening he needed to get to know her better. “You are stronger than you can imagine and tougher than you think. You can do anything you set your mind to. You just have to believe you can do it.” Colt and Chloe become partners in coaching a group of eight year olds in a youth hockey team. As Colt and Chloe spend time together, their feelings grow stronger. The chemistry between these two is crazy strong and it doesn’t take long for them to give in to it. But neither of them are brave enough to admit their feelings for the other. Both feel like the other is too good for them. “In the last few days, she’d awoken something in him, some part of him that had been shut up tight and sealed off. A dream he didn’t think could ever be his.” At the same time, Chloe’s next door neighbor needs her help which puts her in danger. This situation also helps Chloe to take a stand against her past. To find her strength. These two were so cute together but both of them had to get past plenty of their own barriers before they could truly commit to each other. This is one of those situations where communication would have made things so much better. But each was too worried that they would run the other off if they said too much. Instead, all they did was fuel each other’s doubts. I loved the added bit of suspense to this. At the end there was quite a nail biting scene. I was so proud of Chloe. I did enjoy reading this. I wanted to reach into the book a few times and give these two a smack and tell them to smarten up. The ending was very cute. I’m not sure if there is going to be more to this series or not. But each of these books can definitely be read as a stand alone.
Pokeybooboo 20 days ago
Jennie Marts once again pens an extremely entertaining installment of her Cowboys of Creedence series. It stands alone perfectly well, but you'll want to meet the other residents of this friendly Colorado town. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous book, and I must say I liked this one even more. Colt James, cowboy and all around do-gooder, lost his dream of being a professional hockey player after being severely injured in a car accident when he was young. He now works at his family's ranch and helps the residents of Creedence in all manner of ways. He believes he is cursed, and is afraid to take a chance on losing anyone or anything again. But then he meets Chloe.... Chloe is an endearing nerd of an elementary school teacher. Though she is well liked, she has severe self-esteem issues as a result of dealing with an abusive alcoholic father and being abandoned by her mother. Colt convinces Chloe to help him coach a kids' hockey team, never mind that she doesn't even know how to skate! I loved the fun, flirty relationship between Colt and Chloe. Even more, I enjoyed the relationship among all the members of Colt's family. Though I adored both our leads, there were times I wanted to scream at both of them for their insecurities, especially Chloe. Though she frustrated me occasionally, I did understand her body image issues, having dealt with that myself. I could see why both of them had their respective problems. However, my issues with them in no way impeded my enjoyment of their romance. I really enjoyed the humor Ms. Marts included in her story. (Wait until you read the section about the Liberty Bells!) I found myself smiling throughout much of the book. There was a bit of suspense in the story, but it was the charming characters who brought it to life. Here's hoping Logan will appear in a future book! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
ytcruz 20 days ago
Colt James, the youngest of the James brothers , is the guy who is always helping the community and its inhabitants. A community that helped him many years ago. Colt has had his eyes on shy third grade teacher Chloe Bishop but he believes she’s out of her league. While Chloe, a woman with a childhood no child should live, feels he is out of her league. But fate puts them together and thus starts a “friendship”. It’s a story that reminds us that what happens in our youth , does in fact affect us as adults. The scars and feelings are hard to overcome. But paraphrasing the author, it will destroy us or make us stronger. Both Colt and Chloe will have to decide whether they want to give love a try knowing that life is messy but also rewarding, or play it safe and lose the chance of having someone to love and have their back. This is another engaging story with complex characters by this talented author. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
judiOH 26 days ago
a wonderful love story about lost chances and found love. i loved this one!!