Tempting the Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 14, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she wants is her boss...and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there’s simply no more room in her heart.
Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction.
When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.
I thoroughly enjoyed Tempting the Cowboy. This was not a book I normally would have picked up. Only because I don’t read too many western romances. I don’t even know if that’s what this book is. It’s set on a ranch called Paint River Ranch in Montana and there are lots of sexy cowboys. 😉 Therefore in my brain one ranch and more than one cowboy, equals a western romance. Whatever this book classification might be, it doesn’t really matter because it’s good.
Like really good.
The Haywood boys are left to run their family’s dude ranch after their father dies. Their mother is ailing and needs a lot of help not only running the ranch but running the house. Rylan is running from her life a big city. She’s an ex-cop with lots of baggage. Her story is sad and complicated. She has legal problems lumped on to all the other issues she’s dealing with. So she takes a housekeeping job at the ranch as a way to find some solace and heal.
Cole is the oldest Haywood cowboy son and holy hell is he a sexy cowboy. Cowboys usually don’t float my boat but I’d learn to ride a horse right this second if Cole would teach me. His sexiness literally dripped off my kindle. I couldn’t wait for his pov just so I could get in his head and hear those sexy thoughts he had. Cole has taken the lead on running the ranch and he does it while also raising his 4 year old daughter, Birdie. He’s heartbroken and hardened by his relationship with Livy, Birdie’s mom. He’s sworn off women for now, especially the hired help. Nothing prepared him for Rylan though.
The chemistry between Rylan and Cole is palpable. I loved every single bit of it. They both wanted each other and the harder they tried to stay away the closer they got. OMG I could not wait for them to finally touch. Just touch that’s all I wanted LOL. When they finally do….
BAM BAM BAM
It was explosive. I was so happy. There is a certain sexy scene with Rylan and Cole and a horse.
HOLY HOTNESS BATMAN!!!
It’s interesting how some writers can create amazing side characters. Some authors create amazing leading men and every now and again some create equally amazing leading women. Some books the angst is too much or not enough or it’s long and drawn out and you just want to throw your kindle or better yet reach in and strangle someone. I found Tempting the Cowboy to be almost perfect where the characters and angst were involved. Rylan is a strong, independent albeit broken woman. She’s sure of herself. She’s not overly needy or dramatic. She comes across as down to earth and real. Cole is a strong alpha, he’s heartbroken yes, but still manly and sure of himself. He doesn’t just fall all over himself trying to get in Rylan’s pants. Yes they’re both attracted to each other, yet they both act like adults, and take logical steps in regards to their relationship. There was just the right amount of push and pull. I didn’t feel like anything was overdone. Cole’s actions and reactions screamed “typical male” to me and I could say the same for Rylan she reacted as I would expect a woman to react.
Another thing that I really really liked about this story, when there was trouble between the two main characters it didn’t last until the end of the book to get resolved. A lot of books there are secrets or disputes that don’t usually get handled until 80% in. Not with Tempting the Cowboy. Nope, when something happened the characters acted like adults and dealt with it. I found that to be so refreshing.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with Tempting the Cowboy. I’m excited to read the next book!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*