Top positive review
Some were good, one was really good...
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
... Some were so so and needed to be re-edited for errors. I usually try anthologies to get to know new authors that I have not read before. My tried and true authors in this anthology did not disappoint, but the authors that were new to me did not impress me.
<strong>Cowboy, Take Me Away A Blazing Eagle Ranch Novella by Peyton Banks </strong>
Stan Larsen had trust issues especially after catching his ex-wife with his good friend. He was not ready to deal with any affairs of the heart even after being divorced for a year. But when she saw Nasia Henry, a coffee shop proprietor, he was smitten and so was she. Nasia was determined to show Stan that she was not Victoria, his ex-wife. Just when everything was going well for the couple, Stan’s past comes roaring back in like a whirlwind bringing Stan back to his trust issues. He messed up with his lack of trust but his friend persuaded him to beg and grovel to get the love of his life back and that was what he did.
This was a sweet love story even though I don’t agree with how straightforward Nasia was. To each their own method of letting a man know she’s interested. She spoke her mind and did not hold any punches, especially dealing with the ex-wife. I loved how she handled that.
<strong>Bohemian Outlaw by L.Loren</strong>
They both needed to escape their families. Josey Johnson needed to get away from her controlling father and follow her dream of owning a ranch. When her best friend at work died, she was determined to make her dream come true with the help of her mother and her deceased rancher grandfather, to the irritation of her father. Jaxon Morgan had had enough of his father not appreciating all that he did for the family ranch and when he caught his girlfriend with his brother, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. When the job of ranch manager became available on the east coast, it was time for him to leave Oklahoma. He did not expect to work for a beautiful woman and fell head over heels for Josey and so did she for him.
I loved how Josey finally got the courage to strike it out on her own and follow her dream. I loved even more how she stood up to her father, especially when he started in on Jax. It tickled me to no end how the father’s favorite child, Josey’s younger sister, read her father the riot act and made him realize how differently he treated Josey. This was something he was not expecting but gained acceptance and pride in all of Josey’s choices.
<strong>My Accidental Cowboy A Coldbank Cowboy Novella by Sade Rena</strong>
I don't understand how Denton is an accidental cowboy. He grew up on a ranch. I don’t get the reason for the title. Anyway, it’s interesting to see how Leah and Denton handle being accidentally engaged because of his mother being ready for and wanting grandbabies. She played the perfect matchmaker for her son without him even knowing it. I’m more invested to see what will happen to Denton’s brother Parker. Who will he fall for after his long-time relationship ended?
<strong>Storm Chasers by ML Preston</strong>
Country mouse and city mouse unexpectedly fell in love. This couple was so cute. I loved how Tyler had a sassy mouth and take no prisoner’s kind of personality. But the dilemma was will she stay or go. I loved the playful banter between these two.
<strong>Desperado by Reana Malori</strong>
I loved this story. This big bad former Marine was just fine with life. He was content with raising his son alone after the death of his wife. Her death totally destroyed him and it took him some time to get back to life. He did not need a woman in his life to make him happy, until the first time he laid eyes on Tamara Wright’s photo. He knew he was in trouble the day she stepped on his ranch. Tamara needed his protection from her crazy ex and he had a hard time controlling himself. Not only had Clinton Sullivan fallen in love with Tamara so had his eight-year-old son Sammy. He wanted Tamara as his new mother and did not hesitate to let any wayward women know. He was so cute. He really tickled me in the grocery store.
Tamara was in a conundrum. She knew she was only there for a month for Clint's protection. She was falling to for not only Clint and Sammy but Gladys and Butch. They were the family she always wanted. She desperately wanted to stay but did not know if she could. She’d just make good use of her time with Clint and Sammy. Both Clint and Tamara were surprised at how quickly their relationship happened.
Reana wrote a wonderful story that I hope she continues with a sequel or series. I would love to know what happens with Gladys and Butch. They tickled me how they would snark at each other knowing dang good and well they had the hots for each other. Old people need love too! I really loved Clint and Tamara as a couple. I loved how Tamara fit in very well with Clint’s family at the ranch and how she related to Gladys and got Clint to see things that were right under his nose.
<strong>Broken Ride by Julia Bright</strong>
I did not relate to this couple at all. There was not enough storyline and too much sex. This needed more story development and less sex.
<strong>Country Blues by Jade Royal</strong>
Even though the story had an interesting plot, I just could not get into the relationship of
Dante and Michelle. Even though they knew each other in college, they had not seen each other in years and their relationship just seemed too much too soon. I enjoyed reading more about the plotline but could not get into the sex scenes.