I’ve never read a Sara Richardson book before, and I haven’t read very many cowboy romances at all—outside of a few Nora Roberts, I think—so Hometown Cowboy was a fun adventure in trying something new.
It was also just a great book: emotional, tender, and sexy, with an adorable heroine and hero who kind of stumble into love.
The romance between perennially-looking-for-love Jessa Mae Love and always-focused-on-bull-riding Lance Cortez starts in somewhat She’s All That fashion, when Jessa Mae’s caught wearing a brand-new bra that does wonderful things for her bust and Lance suddenly notices her. Though Lance’s attention is caught, his attraction doesn’t stop there (luckily for all parties concerned, us readers included).
Jessa Mae might be known for having a number of broken engagements, but Lance also discovers that--besides being beautiful--, she’s devoted to the people she cares about, and as he notes on a couple of occasions, she’s not afraid to put herself out there emotionally.
But Lance needs Jessa Mae to help take care of his dad, her good friend, so that he can concentrate on winning the Worlds bull riding competition. And there’s no way that Lance wants to get involved with Jessa Mae, anyway, because he does not want to be in a relationship, will never want it, and she’s got that written all over her.
Dear Readers: what do you think will happen?
Richardson takes us on an emotionally resonant ride.
Lance’s efforts to navigate his way through relationship life are sometimes pretty funny, especially when he takes advice from other people. But they’re mostly kind of lovely, because he’s someone who’s been scared of love for so long. And I respected Jessa Mae, who may be nice, but proves that she’s no pushover.
The chemistry between Jessa Mae & Lance is stellar, and Richardson has a number of promising secondary characters who revolve around our two lovebirds, helping them on their journey and only rarely discouraging them (though I'm not quite sure what to think about Naomi!).
Hometown Cowboy is a beautiful read that's not afraid to tackle the tough stuff. A love story about people figuring out how to love, and doing it really well. **heads off to read more of Richardson’s books.
Q: who are your favorite cowboy romance authors? I'm thinking I need to spend a little more time in this genre!
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing and Forever Pub but all opinions included are my own.
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