Tuesday, July 14, 2015

[Kame's Review]: "Anything for a Cowboy"

Anything for a Cowboy by Jenna Bayley-Burke 
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 23, 2015)
Series: NotMy1stRodeo.com, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Her plan was for them to fall in bed, not in love.

A NotMy1stRodeo.com Story

When veterinarian Jacy Weston changes her location on her western dating website profile, she thinks it’s no big deal. Opal Creek…Myrtle Creek…what’s the difference? As little white lies go, this one barely qualifies. Besides, since her brothers have chased off every guy within a hundred miles, the expiration date on her virginity is way past due.

Ray Mitchell is not inclined to waste his time on something as unnecessary as dating, but it’s much easier to take a woman to coffee than to explain to his mother why he’s in no hurry to get married again. Despite NotMy1stRodeo.com’s promises, he doubts he’ll find any woman willing to find herself stuck on a remote ranch raising rodeo stock.

But Jacy is different. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Or to get down and dirty. Ray’s thinking he’s found the one, until the truth comes out…and he realizes the divorcee from the next county he’s been dating doesn’t exist.


Warning: Contains a virginal heroine looking for the nearest exit for the horizontal highway to heaven, and a cowboy willing to go the distance for the right woman.



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Kame's Review:


Jacy concentrated so much on becoming a vet she didn't leave much time for dating.  She sees the best way to avoid the awkward conversations about her lack of sex life is to sign up for a dating site that caters to people who are divorced.  Ray was betrayed by his ex-wife and he is not sure he can trust anyone again, but his mother has guilted him into one date a month.


I enjoyed Jacy and her more jeans than dresses attitude. You could really feel her love for her job and the animals. The protectiveness of her brothers didn't shine through until the end. Ray seems like one fantastic cowboy. You never doubted his love of the land and his ranch. Their first date was adorable and I enjoyed their instant connection. Which is a dark contrast to how bad it turned out after the conflict - which in the end had me wondering how Ray could change so quick.


This is a novella which is means there is a quick plot. At no point did it seem forced and I actually wished it was longer. I would not call this the steamiest book I ever read; as more time was devoted to their budding relationship than intimate scenes.  The resolution of the conflict was satisfying and took a little longer than most novellas would take - which I thought was warranted.


Two things irritated me about this novella - neither affecting the rating or my desire to read this author's work again. First I am not a fan of making virginity a "curse". In my opinion Ray would be justified to think he was used. I understand her sexual status is important to Jacy's character but her personal disgust that she was still a virgin on the cusp of her 30th birthday didn't sit well with me. Second is Ray's meddling mother. It was cute at the beginning where she got him to go out on one date a month. However her antics contributed to the conflict between Jacy and Ray and she never redeemed herself in my eyes.


I liked this couple enough that I would definitely search out more titles by this author, especially if it was a book about one of their siblings!


4 STARS! 


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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) 

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