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- Print Length: 171 pages
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- Publisher: Tule Publishing (September 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073R212DK
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A Cowboy to Keep (The Canadays of Montana Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Ali has spent the past two years on the run. She’s landed in Marietta long enough to sneak a peek at her half-sister, who doesn’t know she exists, and to earn some money as a photographer. Only problem? Reclusive rancher Adam Wolfe has purchased her camera from the shop she was forced to pawn it at for some quick cash. When she drives out to Adam’s ranch to offer to purchase her beloved camera back, she discovers that Adam needs just as much help as she does. Guardian of his young niece after she’s left orphaned, he desperately needs someone to help cook, clean, and take care of Carrie while he’s busy with his herd of cattle. Ali accepts a job with misgivings, but the lure – the opportunity to buy her camera back from him – is too tempting to refuse.
I really enjoyed this one. Ali, through no fault of her own, has made a nasty enemy, and she’s been looking over her shoulder ever since. With no family or close friends to offer her protection, Ali is used to taking care of herself. Afraid to make connections now that she might place others in danger, she has hopped around, trying to stay one step ahead of the man who has vowed revenge on her. Adam’s ranch seems like heaven. She has the use of a bunkhouse, which is a huge step up from living in her car, and Adam’s kitchen is to die for. Carrie may have a few issues, but what teen doesn’t?
Adam is a likeable guy. Hiding out at his ranch after an accident disfigured him, he is used to being alone. When his young niece invades his privacy, he’s ready to make the best of it. He loves Carrie, but he knows that she is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. Adam tries to give her space to come to terms with her grief, as well as her anger at him, but once Ali arrives, he sees that he’s taking the wrong track. Maybe he needs to confront her about her feelings, and help her deal with them. With Ali there to act as a buffer between them, Adam and Carrie are able to finally communicate. It was very touching to see them finally acknowledge how much they meant to each other, and how much they were both grieving for Carrie’s parents.
Ali and Adam’s romance is a slow-burn, which I liked a lot. There was a lot of chemistry between them, even though they both tried to deny the feelings they had. Ali knew that she would be leaving soon, and Adam didn’t think he was worthy of love. When Ali saw past his scars and saw the man beneath them, hope flared that maybe they could make something work out. But then Ali’s past catches up to her, throwing everything in doubt.
I thought the final resolution to Ali’s trouble was a little too pat. It was not believable to me, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. A Cowboy to Keep is a pleasant way to spend a weekend afternoon.
Grade: 4 stars
One overeager pawn shop keeper, one day too late to pick up a precious camera, Ali will set out to see if she can buy back one item that means so much to her… and finds far more than she ever bargained for. Adam mistakes her for an applicant for the job opening he has to cook for the family and be a companion to his niece Carrie. They each need something from the other so a deal is struck. It’s a deal more to her benefit as she’s looking for her half-sister Olivia, to photograph her wedding, to just meet and know but not tell who they are to each other. Ali would never put her in danger by leading her stalker straight to someone he could use to hurt her… but best intentions won’t help her now.
A Cowboy To Keep is an intense at times, sadly sweet at other times romance that will capture your heart. Adam is a strong, stubborn character who has been through so much in life. Ali really sees him, the man behind the scars and the keep away attitude. Their attraction is believable and they make a strong, stubborn couple. I liked then individually and definitely together. While you don’t “have” to have read the earlier books in this series, I would strongly suggest that you pick them up if you can. There are relationships and history from the series that will make parts of A Cowboy To Keep make a bit more sense in spots.
I enjoyed my time once again with the Canadays of Montana and would recommend this story, or the entire series to any Romance reader who enjoys likable, believable characters, a bit of mystery and two people who were made for each other. Follow their journey and enjoy.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Adam Wolfe is raising his teenage niece, Carrie after both of her parents died and thought having a camera would get Carrie out of her shell. With Ali wanting her camera back, Adam offers her the job of being his house-sitter which she reluctantly takes. As they learn to live with each other and start to fall in love, Ali's past comes back to haunt her until the moment that she takes a stand to finish what was started and she can finally have her happy ending that she deserves!
I have to say that being that this was the 4th book in this series, you don't get the feeling of having to read the other 3 books until the very end when it feels like this is the last book in this series. You can't help but to admire a single man like Adam who is raising a teenage girl who lost her parents and his sister, that takes a very special man to want to do something like that! Overall, this was a good read that can be read in about 2 hours that will make you want to go read the other books just to see what has happened before this book!
Thank You to Barbara Ankrum for writing a book that introduced me to your style of writing and I can't wait to see what is next!!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!