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Rebel Cowboy (Big Sky Cowboys) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2016
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"I loved this book and look forward to more books in this series as well as other stories by Nicole Helm." - USA Today HEA
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This is the first book in a new series set in Montana ranch country. Dan is an NHL hockey player who has choked two years in a row in the NHL playoffs. Choked to the point that he's being accused of cheating and throwing the games. That's not what's happened, but he can't get anyone to believe him. So he's run off to his grandparents ranch in Montana to figure out what he's going to do after hockey, since it's looking more and more likely that his hockey career is over.
There he's hired Mel to come and teach him all things ranching. He isn't expecting Mel to be a female, but Dan is a pretty easy-going guy...he can live with an attractive woman showing him the ropes.
This is an interesting story just because both the characters are so closed off. Mel's issues are more obvious, but as more and more of the story is revealed it becomes obvious that Dan has just as many mental scars and walls as she does. The difference is that he recognizes that and knows that those walls are going to ruin everything between them. Now he just has to convince Mel of that fact. Both the characters go through a huge personal growth arc. I loved that by the end of the story, Dan was so proactive in that growth. He's so freaking good for Mel. He knows she needs him and is willing to push her to realizing that, too. BUT he refuses to let her run him and his feelings over in her efforts to not be hurt.
I liked the story. The writing is really well done. The story flows and the characters are really well developed. It was super easy to read. The hard part was setting it down to do other things when I needed to. I got swept away with it. The setting was amazing. I loved the surprise of the llama's. I loved the peripheral story of the hockey and Dan's family.Read more ›
Dan is nearing the time in his career when NHL players are expected to retire, and he is looking for something to move onto after he's played his final game. His grandfather encourages him to visit the old family ranch and see if it would be something that would fit into his future plans. Dan is a little apprehensive since it is something he knows very little about, but decides to take his grandfather up on his offer and make a visit to the Montana ranch. Once he is there his belief that he is in over his head is reaffirmed, so he sets out to find someone who can help him get the ranch back into working condition, and gets the surprise of his life when "Mel" turns out to be a hardworking cowgirl. She is beautiful, bossy, keeps him on his toes and has him reconsidering his return the ice...Read more ›
That’s pretty much where Dan and Mel are at the beginning of Rebel Cowboy. While Mel might have dreamed of taking on the family ranch one day, it certainly wasn’t under these circumstances with her father paralyzed from a fall and her brother more interested in the bottom of a bottle than the ranch. A ranch that was leaking money like an overfilled sieve. So when the fancy, professional hockey player decided he wanted to play cowboy for awhile and offered the much needed cash Mel desperately wished for to keep her own ranch running – she jumped on the three month consult. Yeah, teach a city boy to ranch in three months – but, hey it was his money and she’d gladly take it.
Dan’s professional hockey career was pretty much done. With the love he had for the game, how could a couple of bad losses turn into the accusations of cheating, like he’d ever throw a game – it simply wasn’t in him. But rumor has destroyed many a career and Dan simply wanted out – maybe for a while, maybe for good. Right now he needed to distract himself with hard, mind-numbing work and his grandparent’s rundown ranch seemed like the perfect fit. Of course, he’d need some instructions but he was a fast learner.
The very last thing he expected “Mel” to look like was this fiery, standoffish, testy beauty in front of him. But if she could teach him the basics on running this ranch, so be it. Seems the cowgirl didn’t like the decision he’d made to turn cowboy – but that was her problem… unless he made it his, too.Read more ›
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This is the first story in the Big Sky (Montana) series and it's the story of Mel Shaw, a local rancher, and Dan Sharpe, a champion hockey player who needs to take some time away... Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Long
Ok, I admit it, it was the Llama farming that hooked me…I mean where have you heard that before in this genre? Read more
What a great start to a series. The author put just enough into the series setup to not make it take over the story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janet
Nicole Helm’s Rebel Cowboy is a genuine story with real-life issues. In order to get money to keep her ranch afloat, Mel Shaw takes on a job helping NHL Star Dan Sharpe getting... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I was given this book for an honest review from the publisher. Emotional read. Dan is a NHL hockey player taking a break from hockey at his grandparents' ranch. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It took a bit to fully develop the characters, but it was well worth the wait. Dan, the NHL star licking his wounds in Montana and Mel, the gal that is so rigid, she could break... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debs
Rebel Cowboy, the first book in Nicole Helm's Big Sky Cowboys series was a great contemporary romance read. I really enjoyed reading about Mel and Dan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Samantha Roldan
Reviewed by Angela
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Originally posted at Romancing the Book
In Rebel Cowboy we follow the lives of Dan and Mel. Read more