The Last True Cowboy

The Last True Cowboy

by Laura Drake

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The award-winning author who "writes real cowboys with heart and soul" (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) welcomes you to Unforgiven, New Mexico, a small western town filled with love and second chances!

This cowboy's got one last chance to prove himself.

Carly Beauchamp has loved cowboy Austin Davis since first grade. Ask anyone in their dusty, backwater New Mexico town of Unforgiven, and they'll say "Carly and Austin" the way some say "big trucks and country boys." But after years of waiting for a wedding ring, Carly's done with being a rodeo widow . . .

Austin never meant to put his career on the circuit before Carly. She's always been his future, his one and only. But now that she's moved on, he's beginning to see where he went wrong, and he'll do anything to win her back. The only thing is, Carly's suddenly acting differently, and she's definitely hiding a secret-one that will test the depth of their love and open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Praise for Laura Drake and The Last True Cowboy:
"Brilliant writing, just brilliant!"Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author

"Laura Drake writes real cowboys with heart and soul."Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author

"Drake (Sweet on You) takes readers on a beautifully imperfect journey with two people who can no longer have their ideal future, but learn that the real one might be even better."Publishers Weekly

"This is a romance with grit, heart and just the right amount of sizzle."—BookPage

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538746431
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Chestnut Creek Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 178,819
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit. A tomboy, she's always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West began.

In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan, and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She's a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

For more information on Laura Drake, please visit:
Twitter: @PBRWriter

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The Last True Cowboy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
With the first book in a brand new series from Laura Drake, we are introduced to the town of Unforgiven, New Mexico and settle in to the story of the "it" couple in town. She's running her family cafe just waiting for him to marry her, and he's having too much fun traveling from one rodeo town to another to realize that she's tired of waiting. The fallout from her walking away might be more than this couple can recover from, no matter how much they have always loved each other! The story is comprised of really interesting characters who were quick to grab my attention, and other than a few timeline tidbits that didn't seem to add up it was a solid read. Looking forward to another visit to Unforgiven soon! Carly Beauchamp never expected to still be waiting on that promised "forever" at almost thirty. She's been in love with one man for her entire life, but she's getting really tired of playing second fiddle to the rodeo. How many times can she hear "just one more year" before she explodes? She never wanted to walk away from him, but she just couldn't handle being pushed to the wayside one more time ... now she's in a place she never wanted or expected. She's dug herself so far into a hole, she's not sure she can manage the climb out. Rodeo cowboy Austin Davis thought Carly would always be there. He's always planned to settle down with her after the thrill of the rodeo is over and start their own dream business while they grow old raising a family ... but too little, too late is what he offered her. He can't believe this time she really means she's walking away, but as days pass without her in them, he starts to open his eyes ... he really did take her for granted! Now he's got to do everything in his power to win her back ... and hope he's not too late!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read I have never read Laura Drake before, I will read her in the future. Her characters were strong and the story was fresh. I didn't really like how different people were telling the story. This is a good book you can put down and go back to and remember what was what. It's not your normal cowboy book in that a lot of it is about the female character and her growth.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Love isn't always simple, its messy and imperfect and Laura Drake captured it all with Carly's and Austin's story. Its always been Carly, Austin and the rodeo, every since they were young, its been the two of them and Austin's love of the rodeo. But Carly is tired of waiting, year after year for Austin to finally commit to marrying her, putting the rodeo first. Austin promises her year after year that this is it but each year he goes back to the rodeo circuit so Carly decides to breaks it off. Austin thinks Carly will get over it but she isn't acting like herself and something is definitely going on that has all his alarm bells going off. Can he win back the woman he loves or is he too late? I enjoyed Carly and Austin's story. Its a story of self discovery, heart ache, and a messy romance. I did find both Carly's and Austin's actions a bit young and quite selfish but then the character growth was what made this such a great read. Add in the small town antics and The Last True Cowboy was a fantastic start to what is sure to be an amazing series. I received this ARC copy of The Last True Cowboy from Forever (Grand Central Publishing). This is my honest and voluntary review.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
The Last True Cowboy, by Laura Drake, is a curious blend of women’s fiction and cowboy romance. There is obviously an HEA at the end, but the journey is really about both Carly and Austin learning to stand on their own and figuring out who they are. The first person narration will throw off some readers, but it is definitely worth sticking with. The story is by turns funny and heart-warming and definitely one that landed on my keeper shelf. I am also very excited that Nevada is getting her own book next year. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Loved this sweetly thrilling second chance romantic journey filled with love, laughter and growing pains that are very true to life..... could not get enough of this emotionally engaging and heartwarming small town adventure that has me loving Chestnut Creek and looking forward to revisiting this series and its awesome charters.
Madm007 More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is about growing up emotionally and while the title may indicate cowboy, it's just as much if not more about the cowgirl. Written with a lot of heart I think, with ups and downs, actions, consequences. It will check your box of feelings. Not the most fast-paced read, but the end is sigh worthy for Carly and Austin. A journey of finding your true self isn't always pretty or easily accepted and I believe Laura Drake penned a very enlightening journey here. I received an ARC thru Net galley and am giving my honest review
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book was beyond romantic. Carly and Austin have been together since first grade. They started off as friends and as they grew older they became so much more. This book took us on a journey. It showed us that even if you love someone to their very core it takes a lot of work to make that relationship work. Each person will stubble off the path of love sometimes because they take each other for granted but other times because we become lost. I cannot say enough about this book. From the moment I picked it up I was engrossed with this town and these characters. The story that Laura Drake shared with us will forever be in my heart. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this small town. I am for sure going to go back and read more by this author. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Austin Davis has two loves in his life, his longtime girlfriend Carly Beauchamp, and his rodeo career. From the moment they met in kindergarten Carly and Austin knew they'd always be in one another's lives, they connected instantly, and from that point on they were two peas in a pod. Then one day their friendship blossomed into love, the two of them were insuperable, that is until Austin joined the rodeo circuit. His second love soon became his first love, and it kept him away for months at a time, Carly often feeling like she no longer mattered to him. They had dreams of marriage, children, and a happy future together, and all of a sudden Carly felt like she was the only one who cared about those dreams. But she did what she thought was right at the time, and waited for him, held out hope that his career would lose it's appeal and he'd return home to marry her. But after almost ten years spent waiting for her cowboy and being told "one more year," Carly has decided it is time to put herself first for once and put her dreams ahead of his. Leaving him was the hardest thing she has ever had to do, but it was necessary for her own happiness. But it also lead her to make a careless mistake, one that could change everything...and cement a permanent end to their relationship. The Last True Cowboy takes you to the town of Unforgiven and welcomes you into the lives of it's very lively and quirky residents, and shines a bright light on the couple that is the current talk of the town. Austin and Carly are no strangers to town gossip, they were once the couple everyone envied and boasted about, their achievements making them town royalty of sorts. But now they are drawing attention and spawning rumors because of their mistakes and the unraveling of their relationship. But as with all small towns, they come with a good support system, and in this particular situation one that is determined to help these two find their way back to on another. Following these two on their journey was good for my heart, many times they had me rooting them on, and holding out hope that love would prevail. I really enjoyed this first offering in the Chestnut Creek series, it came with wonderful characters that felt like family, and a heartwarming story with loads of feels to squeeze the heart in all the right places! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion
bookbruin More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis of The Last True Cowboy, I thought I was going to get a sweet cowboy second chance romance. Things did not turn out quite how I expected. Yes, it was a second chance romance in a small town with cowboy/rodeo goodness, but it ended up being a bit less sweet and lighthearted than I anticipated. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it did surprise me the way the story unfolded. Carly and Austin are childhood sweethearts and have been together since they were teens. Normally, this is my absolute kryptonite, but as much as I liked them, I didn't love them. I understand that growing up and maturing was a huge part of both of their character arcs, but they acted so immaturely and selfishly for so long that I ended up not feeling as invested in them. They did not behave like 29 year olds to me. Mistakes are definitely made on both sides, but the major plot twist/surprise started off so shady that I really thought there was foul play involved. I understand that Carly was hurting and wanted to prove that she was her own person and cut loose, but her reaction the next morning had warning bells going off in my mind. Yes, those situations occur, and it's probably just me, but perhaps if the author hadn't written it the way that she did, I wouldn't have felt so uneasy. As the story progresses, it's made clear that it really was a lapse in judgement/common sense by Carly, and that might make this plot twist a big turn off for some readers. I thought the author did a great job showing the evolution of Carly and Austin. I appreciated that they both recognized that they needed to grow up, figure out what they wanted, and that it was possible that their adult selves wouldn't actually work romantically. The overall message of loving all the pieces of someone (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and that love should be an equal partnership (not a lead and a sidekick) was simple, but very powerful. I enjoyed the colorful and quirky residents of Unforgiven, NM, Nana, Papaw, and of course feisty Nevada Sweet. Her T-shirts were the best and added some humor to the heavier moments. I did find the book overly detailed at times and the pacing felt a little too slow. I didn't understand half the sayings and terms, so I guess I'm more like city girl Nevada in this case. The epilogue brought everything full circle though and left me with a smile on my face. *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this one. Not your typical second chance romance but an intriguing story nonetheless. It's full of lots of cowboy and small town goodness along with intriguing characters that keep you wanting more. For years in Forgiven NM it's been Carly and Austin together. Yet after all this time there still isn't a ring on her finger. Austin goes from one rodeo to the next secure in the knowledge that Carly will be there waiting for him. Well Carly's had enough! After calling it quits with Austin Carly decides she needs to get out and have a little fun for a change. That one night will change the course of Carly's life forever! I definitely recommend this one.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
RATING 4.5 STARS The Last True Cowboy is book one in the brand new series, Chestnut Creek, by Laura Drake. Laura is a new author to me. I’ve been wanting to read one of her books for so long and this new series was the perfect opportunity. I’m so glad I did. Carly Beauchamp has lived in Unforgiven, New Mexico her entire life. She lost her parents as a child and was raised by her grandparents. She now runs the diner her grandparents owned but have now retired from. Carly is twenty nine years old and has been in love with Austin Davis since she was in Kindergarten. They have been each other’s other half almost all of their lives. Carly has never dreamed of anything more than marrying Austin and starting the rough stock business they planned to start together. But Austin is still competing in the rodeo. He gets home when he can but he’s not ready to give up the life yet. Carly has begun to wonder if he ever will be ready to settle down. She has heard the promise, “one more year” every year for the last ten years. She’s tired of being Austin’s second choice. She wants to be a man’s first choice. So she finally gives up and calls it quits. Austin Davis is born to do two things, love Carly Beauchamp, and ride in the rodeo. Carly has really been after him to retire and come home to settle down. But he just isn’t ready. They go through this every year. He’s sure that Carly will get over it and they will be fine. Only this time is different. She isn’t getting over it. She is serious. He doesn’t know who he is without Carly. She’s his other half. This really is a book about growing up, about self discovery, about second chances. Carly and Austin grew up together, were each other’s firsts for everything. But at twenty nine, they were suddenly faced with the adult versions of themselves. They didn’t really know each other, they didn’t really even know themselves. They had to figure out who they were before they could figure out who they could be together. Carly buys herself a motorcycle, maybe to make a statement, maybe to find something she was looking for. Unforgiven is a tiny town. Everyone knows everything about each other. And the whole town watches and these two stumble and fumble their way through. But they also support one another, just as they support Carly and Austin. I loved this book. I loved watching Carly and Austin find their way. Mistakes were made, big mistakes. But the underlying truth was that they loved each other and that love would find a way to bring these new, adult versions of themselves back together. If you enjoy a sweet, sexy cowboy romance that is beautifully written, then you will enjoy this. It really did pull me in emotionally. I just loved these two. I’m so glad I read this book. I definitely look forward to more in this series. The next book will be about Carly’s new friend, Nevada, in Home at Chestnut Creek. I am most definitely going to be excited to see what this author has planned next!