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Delia was delt a bad hand with her parents. Growing up in an abusive home, she gets out and makes it her life to save her 4 sisters doing whatever she had to do. She's got the youngest sister to save now. But she doesn't have a plan and ends up at the Shaw ranch.
Caleb is trying to save Shaw ranch and fighting his own demons. When he finds Delia hiding out on his property, he doesn't know what to feel. But what ever it is, he needs to fight it.
Told in both Delia and Caleb's points of view. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was heavy on the emotions, but good. The writing was great and it flowed seamlessly.
Reviewed on behalf of Once Upon an Alpha.
Now, I’m not a big reader of contemporary romance. Especially adult contemporary romance. However, I ended up really enjoying Outlaw Cowboy.
Caleb and Delia are both a little rough around the edges. She comes from an abusive home and has spent the last ten years finding ways to get her four younger sisters the hell away from their abusive father. Meanwhile Caleb is haunted by something his mother said, just before she walked out on the family forever. Both spent their teens getting into trouble, and both are trying to find their way as adults.
Caleb wants his family ranch. His older sister, Mel, is married now and no longer a Shaw, so he wants Shaw in his name, to be his legacy. In order to prove to Mel that he can handle running Shaw and bring the finances out of the red, he agrees to a land rental deal with the contingency that he must NOT have any dealings with any unsavory characters. And that’s exactly what Delia is.
Delia meanwhile is running from the law, and trying to find a way to get her youngest sister away from their father. After taking shelter in Caleb’s old cabin on his property, things get hot.
Now, the first almost half of this book is each of these characters internal monologues repeating over and over again what they need to do: “I need to get my sister out” or “I need to prove to Mel that I can run Shaw” etc. Had this not been a buddy read with Katie @ Just Another Girl and Her Blog, I probably would have quit. I’m glad I didn’t though, because about halfway through, things pick up. The story starts to move. It almost feels like the author needed to add to her word count, so she just repeated the same internal dialogue over and over again for the first half. But after that first half, it’s so worth it!
I actually really did like both of the characters. They were tough on the outside, but gooey on the inside, though they didn’t even realize it at first. I loved the history they had together, there were sweet moments and not so savory ones as well. In the end, they just fit. All of the problems were resolved in realistic ways. Toward the end I thought there was no way the author could wrap this up, but… she did. And well.
I’m not sure I’d go back and read the first book, about Caleb’s older sister Mel, but I’d certainly read one about younger sister Summer, she was a breath of fresh air amidst all the angst in this book!
This book also contains the longest sex scene I've ever read. It wasn’t super smutty, but I think it was hot enough to make romance fans happy. It was also very humorous. Yep, sexy and humorous. That’s a win!
I think fans of contemporary romance will eat this one up.
The quick of it is that Delia has come back to town to save her baby sister from a bad situation and needing to hide out she pretty much squats on Caleb's land in an old cabin. That is until Caleb discovers her. And then all sorts of growly sexy goodness begins. He may be attracted to Delia but dammit! Caleb does not need the trouble that always follows Delia around. Not when he's trying to turn his life--and ranch--around. A battle of wills...they're gonna have. And it's gonna be messy.
Alright so Delia and Caleb. Whew boy, yall. These are two characters that make you work for it. Delia was a handful. She's pretty much feral and would be so very easy to dislike. She reminded me of an abused animal that lashes out in fear and is just unpredictable and wild. But damn if I didn't feel for her and the horrors she's been through that turned her into that. And Caleb. The guy is trying so hard to survive. He hit rock bottom a while back and everything in his life right now is about staying clean (he's an alcoholic) and trying to save the family ranch that's in dire straights. I liked him. I really did. And his battles for being good enough and proving himself tugged at my heart.
There was a lot of push and pull between these two. Holy hell. These two are so messed up! Love, romance, peace, life in general are battles for these two. Nothing comes easy and they really had to fight for everything.
Their drama. I'll give it to them. Their drama is brutal. Seriously brutal. She went through years of extreme abuse as a child and everything she's done since then has been trying to save her sisters who are still stuck in that hell. She's barely scraping by--like malnourished, has nothing, etc--and like I mentioned she's feral in both her reactions and her need to save her family. And Caleb's family has been in it's own hell--abandoned by their mother then dealing with an angry injured father, their home ranch being near bankrupt and trying to claw their way back and being vulnerable to others. You could feel both of their desperation and how very thin their hold on everything was.
In the end I enjoyed Outlaw Cowboy. The characters weren't easy and their lives far from perfect but they tugged at my heart and won me over. It was quite the journey and full of bumps and bruises and frustrations (on their part and mine). Worth it though. I wasn't sure they'd be able to pull it all off but they had me rooting for them and so very happy seeing them grow and heal and find the peace and love they so very much deserved.
And just so you don't think it was totally depressing and heavy. There were some very sexy moments and oh gah some hilarious ones too. This had me rolling!