Category: Modern Western Romance

The Maverick’s Surprise Son by Christine Rimmer

Posted August 3, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Special Edition, Modern Western Romance, Owned or Purchased, Series, Series Multi-Author, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

After a deathbed promise, a cowboy makes a life-changing decision.

Overnight, rancher Jace Abernathy has gone from carefree bachelor to single dad. Frankie isn’t really his, but nothing will prevent him from protecting the orphaned newborn he saved from a fire, not even nurse Tamara Hanson.

Tamara, who lives her life by the book, is convinced Jace is unprepared for fatherhood. Jace believes rules sometimes need to be broken.

What neither of them realizes is that what they need most of all…is each other.

Titles in the Montana Mavericks: Lassoing Love multi-author series include — The Maverick’s Surprise Son by Christine Rimmer —♥— A Maverick Reborn by Melissa Senate —♥— A Maverick for Her Mom by Stella Bagwell —♥— Falling for Dr. Maverick by Kathy Douglass —♥— The Maverick’s Holiday Delivery by Christy Jeffries —♥— A Maverick’s Holiday Homecoming by Brenda Harlen —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Wild Heart by Leslie North

Posted August 2, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout ARC, Kindle Unlimited, Modern Western Romance, Previously Published, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Recovering at the ranch has never been so… vigorous.

With a knee injury capable of ending his football career, all Charlie Wild should be focusing on is recovery. But that’s the last thing on his mind when Dylan Rose walks into the small town hospital where he’s healing. She’s stunningly beautiful…Too bad the gorgeous doctor seems immune to his charms.

Dylan Rose isn’t looking for romance when she meets her newest patient. Sure, Charlie is charming, handsome, and built like the star quarterback he is. But she knows better than to fall for a player.

Yet over time, she begins to see that he’s more than just a cute jock. Charlie has a heart. He’s also persistent as all get out, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t ignore the sizzling attraction growing between them. But just when she’s starting to fall for the big lug, Charlie betrays her, putting himself and their relationship in danger.

Can she forgive him? Or will Charlie have to add heartache to the list of injuries keeping him on the sidelines?

Titles in the Wildhorse Ranch Brothers series include — Wild Ride —♥— Wild Heart —♥— Wild Dream —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Cowboy’s Redemption by Paula Altenburg

Posted August 1, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Modern Western Romance, Series, Series Connection, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

She’s done with cowboys for good…

Cowboy Levi Harrington oversees the innovative breeding program at the Endeavour Ranch. He knows how to read aggression, personality, and mood in bulls and horses better than anyone in Grand, Montana. When he sees the fiancée of his best friend, who died during a rodeo several years ago, struggling to control her horse, he wants to help. He’s loved Dana from afar for years, but she’s always been off-limits—even now.

Barrel racer Dana Barrett’s relationship with a popular bull rider killed in the arena was complicated, messy, and not at all the fairy tale love story rodeo fans chose to see. She’s ready to step out of the tragedy’s limelight and move on, starting with taking her career to the next level. That’s hard to do when everyone still sees her as a tragic heroine and when her beloved champion horse is at the end of her career.

Dana needs a fresh start, starting with a new horse. When a twist of fate throws Levi and Dana together again, can they move beyond the past and forge a future together?

Titles in The Endeavour Ranch of Grand, Montana series include — The Montana Sheriff —♥— The Montana Doctor —♥— The Montana Rancher —♥— The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby —♥— The Cowboy’s Redemption —♥—

The Endeavour Ranch of Grand, Montana series is connected to The Montana MacGregor Brothers (which was reviewed on my Keeper Bookshelf blog; those titles include — The Rancher Takes A Family – The Rancher’s Secret – The Rancher’s Proposal

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Wild Ride by Leslie North

Posted July 28, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout ARC, Contemporary Romance, Kindle Unlimited, Modern Western Romance, Previously Published, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Wild horses couldn’t tear these hearts apart…

Trevor Wild will do anything to save his beloved Wildhorse Ranch… Including starting up a trendy glamping side business—something as alien to him as a day out of the saddle.

Luckily, smart and sassy Sabrina Hearthstone is an expert. Trevor’s hired her to live on the ranch while she sets up a glamping experience on his land. But it doesn’t take long for Sabrina to disrupt his life in more ways than one. Trevor’s got a ranch to save, and the last thing he needs is to fall for a beautiful woman. But his heart seems to have other plans…

Sabrina might be an expert at revamping, but she has no intention of making over gorgeous cowboy Trevor Wild, even if she is wildly attracted to him. He’s stuck in his ways, stubborn as a mule… But sexier than any man she’s ever known. When they aren’t butting heads, they’re trading kisses that set her heart racing and leave her weak in the knees.

But Trevor still doesn’t trust her, and Sabrina can’t keep waiting for him to realize she’s more than just some city girl. When disaster strikes, she’ll have to make a choice…

But can she be happy without her Wild man?

Titles in the Wildhorse Ranch Brothers series include — Wild Ride —♥— Wild Heart —♥— Wild Dream —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Rugged Cowboy by Macie St. James

Posted June 27, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout ARC, Contemporary Romance, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Series, Sweet Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

He has an ax to grind with his high school nemesis, and dating that nemesis’s younger sister might just be the revenge he needs.

Cassady Knott vowed a long time ago that she would never date a cowboy. It wasn’t a tough promise to keep, considering there are only seven cowboys in her town, and she’s related to three of them. It hasn’t come up all that much since she’s never seen a cowboy she found attractive. Until now.

Tucker Trotter left Cupid Ridge behind fifteen years ago. After a decade of traveling around the West as a wrangler, he’s forced to come home temporarily. Within minutes, he spots Cassady, the little sister of his high school nemesis, Phoenix. He comes up with a clever way to get revenge.

He might think Cassady has no idea what he’s doing, but she’s on to him. She likes the idea of getting back at her older brother for throwing his weight around all their lives. But over time, they both find themselves developing feelings that have nothing to do with their pretend relationship.

Titles in the Cupid Ridge Cowboys series include — The Grumpy Cowboy —♥— The Cautious Cowboy —♥— The Charismatic Cowboy —♥— The Rugged Cowboy —♥—

Titles in the connecting Cupid Ridge Dude Ranch series include — The Maverick Cowboy —♥— The Brokenhearted Cowboy —♥— The Scorned Cowboy —♥— The Sullen Cowboy —♥—

This is an adult romance that does not contain graphic violence, swearing, or sexual situations beyond kisses.

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A Christmas Kiss for the Cowboy by April Murdock

Posted June 8, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout ARC, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Contemporary Romance, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Previously Published, Series Connection, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

Felicity Duncan has had a crush on Jack Taylor since she was a teenager. She follows the rodeo because of him. When she finds out he’s in her cousin’s wedding; she’s beside herself with nerves and excitement.

Jack knows who his best friend’s cousin is, but he’s never really paid attention to her. He remembers her as just a kid. Now that she’s all grown up, he’s taken by surprise at how she’s changed. No longer the awkward teenager, she’s a stunner with a serene nature that draws him to her.

When they’re paired up in the wedding party, they’re both quietly excited. When the wedding party is asked to join the bride and groom on the dance floor, Felicity is rigid with fear. She can’t dance at all. He promises to take the lead and that everything will be okay. She stomps on his feet the whole dance. She’s beyond embarrassed.

And then, when she apologizes, he just disappears. She has no idea what set him off or why he’d be gracious and kind one minute and avoid her the next. He’d told her he was planning to be at the ranch for the entire holiday. So was she. This was going to be a long holiday if her biggest crush avoided her like the plague just because she’d stepped on his toes. Literally.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Is it possible Jack is avoiding her for a reason she has no idea about?

Titles in The Brothers of Duncan Ranch series include — A Party Planner for the Cowboy —♥— A Second Chance for the Cowboy —♥— A Rare Beauty for the Cowboy —♥— An Open Heart for the Cowboy —♥— A Christmas Kiss for the Cowboy —♥—

This is a romance that includes no swearing, no violence, and no sexual content (beyond a few light kisses).

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***Originally published in the Christmas Wishes and Cowboy Kisses multi-author boxed set***

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Rescued by the Rancher by Barb Han

Posted May 25, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Harlequin, Harlequin Intrigue, Modern Western Romance, Owned or Purchased, Romantic Suspense, Series, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

He’s on guard

…with a woman and her protective canine

When rancher Callum Hayes learns that Payton Reinert has returned to Cider Creek, Texas, to hide out from a killer, he opens his family home to her and her rescue dog.

Though reluctant to offer his heart—broken by betrayal—he can’t ignore his electrifying attraction to the vulnerable beauty and his desire to protect her.

Even if stopping the monstrous killer means risking his life…

Titles in The Cowboys of Cider Creek series include —  Rescued by the Rancher —♥— Riding Shotgun —♥— Trapped in Texas —♥— Texas Scandal —♥— Trouble in Texas —♥— Murder in Texas —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Trigger Warning: discussion of rape

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Winning Her Fortune by Heatherly Bell

Posted May 25, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Continuity Line, Harlequin Special Edition, Modern Western Romance, Owned or Purchased, Series, Series Multi-Author, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Can an untamed cowboy make a proper father?

Cooper Fortune Maloney is the next best brother—and he knows it.

But when Alana Searle wins him in the Chatelaine, Texas, bachelor auction, he doesn’t mind being second choice.

The flirty ranch hand has a few tricks up his denim sleeve he’s sure will win her over.

The surprise is on Coop, however, when he learns what lovely Alana is hiding—and what she seeks!

Titles in The Fortunes of Texas: Hitting the Jackpot continuity series include —  A Fortune’s Windfall by Michelle Major —♥— Fortune’s Dream House by Nina Crespo —♥— Winning Her Fortune by Heatherly Bell —♥— Fortune’s Fatherhood Dare by Makenna Lee —♥— Fortune’s Runaway Bride by Allison Leigh —♥— Self-Made Fortune by Judy Duarte —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Spring at Saddle Run by Delores Fossen

Posted May 19, 2023 by Marsha in Harlequin, HQN (Harlequin Digital), Modern Western Romance, Owned or Purchased, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance, TBR Pile Read / 0 Comments

The truth about a small-town scandal is about to unleash one wildly unexpected romance…

Millie Parkman Dayton is still healing from the fatal car accident that claimed her husband and turned her into the focus of local gossip. But when she’s thrown together with the attractive rancher who shares in her tragic past, new rumors begin to fly in Last Ride, Texas.

Single dad Joe McCann is focused on running his ranch and raising his daughter. He has no desire to help Millie unearth his late wife’s past, especially if it means revealing painful secrets.

Until his daughter teams up with Millie, and the widower cowboy finds himself agreeing to help them with their project—and opening the door to a deep attraction he thought he’d never find again.

Titles in the Last Ride, Texas series include — Spring at Saddle Run —♥— Christmas at Colts Creek  —♥— Summer at Stallion Ridge —♥— Mornings at Rivers End Ranch —♥— A Texas Kind of Cowboy —♥— Tempted at Thoroughbred Lake (novella) —♥— Twilight at Wild Springs —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Charismatic Cowboy by Macie St. James

Posted May 19, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Booksprout ARC, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

He’s struggled to stand out, and so has she. Together they might have a plan to change that.

Chase Knott feels like he’s always proving himself. He’s worked hard to stand out from his siblings, but having a twin means he’s always seen as “the other one.” There’s only one place he feels at home—the town diner.

Lauryn Todd has her hands full as diner manager. Every morning, she opens the diner to Chase’s smiling face. Lately, she’s found herself looking forward to their interactions. Like him, she always feels like nobody really sees her. So when he comes up with an idea to give everyone something to talk about, she can’t resist.

Pretending to date is fun at first, but over time, Chase and Lauryn start to enjoy it a little too much. Once his family finds out they’ve been deceiving them, though, he’s sure he’ll be right back where he started. When their ruse takes a bad turn, their newfound feelings are tested beyond what most new relationships could survive.

Titles in the Cupid Ridge Cowboys series include — The Grumpy Cowboy —♥— The Cautious Cowboy —♥— The Charismatic Cowboy —♥— The Rugged Cowboy —♥—

Titles in the connecting Cupid Ridge Dude Ranch series include — The Maverick Cowboy —♥— The Brokenhearted Cowboy —♥— The Scorned Cowboy —♥— The Sullen Cowboy —♥—

This is an adult romance that does not contain graphic violence, swearing, or sexual situations beyond kisses.

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The Rancher’s Plus-One by Joanne Rock

Posted May 19, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Booksprout ARC, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Desire, Modern Western Romance, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

A searing one-night stand. A devastating betrayal. Years later, a rancher reunites with his ex to save his family business…and get her back in his bed. 

What did he do that she couldn’t forgive?

And how can he lure her back?

Rancher Levi Kingsley urgently needs Kendra Davies’s help. His family’s business is threatened by his father’s scandals, and Kendra is the best PR crisis manager around.

But Kendra has avoided him since their unforgettable night years ago. Now he’s forced to swallow his pride and hire her. 

Kendra believes Levi guilty of an unforgivable betrayal. But she can’t say no to this job.

She also can’t ignore their chemistry or the quickly mounting proof that Levi may be a good man after all… 

Titles in the Kingsland Ranch series include — Rodeo Rebel —♥— The Rancher’s Plus-One —♥— Alaskan Blackout —♥— Rancher Under the Mistletoe —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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Release date: May 23, 2023

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The Cautious Cowboy by Macie St. James

Posted April 28, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Booksprout ARC, Connection or Spin-Off of Another Series, Contemporary Romance, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

For single father Elijah Knott, trust doesn’t come easy. But Zoey Trotter might just be the woman to make him love again.

Elijah Knott never planned on being a single dad. But when his wife left him without warning, he was left to raise his eight-year-old daughter on his own. Balancing the responsibilities of fatherhood and running a ranch is tough, especially when the job sends him on the road.

Zoey Trotter has never cared for the cowboys who dominate Cupid Ridge. Their egos seem too big for this town. But when Elijah offers her a job as a nanny to his adorable daughter, she can’t turn down the opportunity. It’s just temporary, after all.

For Elijah, dating isn’t an option. He’s vowed to devote his energy to fatherhood. But the more time he spends around Zoey, the harder it is to resist her. And she’s starting to believe maybe he’s not as opposed to marrying again as he thinks.

Titles in the Cupid Ridge Cowboys series include — The Grumpy Cowboy —♥— The Cautious Cowboy —♥— The Charismatic Cowboy —♥— The Rugged Cowboy —♥—

Titles in the connecting Cupid Ridge Dude Ranch series include — The Maverick Cowboy —♥— The Brokenhearted Cowboy —♥— The Scorned Cowboy —♥— The Sullen Cowboy —♥—

This is an adult romance that does not contain graphic violence, swearing, or sexual situations beyond kisses.

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Lightning Strikes Twice by Elizabeth Hrib

Posted April 22, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Special Edition, Modern Western Romance, NetGalley ARC, Series, Sexual Content, Small Town Romance / 0 Comments

Warning: Stormy weather ahead…

He’s betting on friendship.

She’s banking on love.


Recently single, livestock vet Kate Cardiff is tired of risking her heart.

So when an emergency calls her home to her family’s struggling ranch, Kate is ready to help—and definitely not looking for love.

It’s dislike at first sight when she meets temporary ranch hand and storm-chasing photographer Nathan Prescott.

He says he can win her over, but Nathan lives in the moment, not for the future.

If Kate opens her heart to someone who lives on the edge, will taking the risk lead to another heartbreak…or a new beginning?

Titles in the Hatchet Lake series include — Lightning Strikes Twice —♥—

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

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The Billionaire Cowboy’s Proposition by Kris Bock

Posted April 20, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, ARC, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

She’s ready to put on the performance of a lifetime.

Cody Tomlinson and Mallory Moore have struck sparks off of each other since high school theater, where she was sunny and talented while he was injured and angry. A decade later, Mallory is working to save Last Stand’s movie theater and convert it into a performance space for live theater and music. Thanks to his family’s lottery win, Cody has plenty of money to help. But Mallory’s the only woman in town who doesn’t want Cody’s charity.

It’s bad enough that Cody is sexy as sin with his tough, scarred cowboy looks. Now he’s rich, and Mallory refuses to be another woman fighting for his attention. She won’t accept a financial gift for her business, but she’s not above a fair trade. Mallory offers a deal: Cody can invest in the theater if he volunteers on the renovation. Meanwhile, she’ll play the part of his fiancée to ward off fortune hunters.

But Mallory immediately realizes her mistake. Cody’s always driven her crazy, and now they’re spending all their days—and nights—together.

Titles in The Accidental Billionaire Cowboys series include — The Billionaire Cowboy’s Christmas —♥— Charming the Billionaire Cowboy —♥— The Billionaire Cowboy’s Proposition —♥— A Baby for the Billionaire Cowboy —♥—

This is an adult romance that does not contain graphic violence, swearing, or sexual situations beyond kisses.

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Charming the Billionaire Cowboy by Kris Bock

Posted April 20, 2023 by Marsha in ARC, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Modern Western Romance, Series, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance, Tule Publishing / 0 Comments

For the first time, his cowboy charms seem to backfire…

With his Texas ranching family’s lottery win, TC Tomlinson is finally able to build a ranch with alternative livestock. TC has a lot to prove, starting with his new ostrich herd, so when he catches a beauty scooping up an escaped baby bird, TC chases her down, assuming she wants to meet him for his money.

When Hallie Armstrong sees the injured baby ostrich, she jumps into professional mode. A former vet tech, she’s moved to Last Stand to work at her aunt’s wildlife rescue and heal from an attack. She’s skittish about the handsome cowboy, but when he starts to flirt, she decides two can play at this game—the rescue needs fundraising, and TC is an eligible bachelor.

As they brainstorm ideas for a bachelor auction and work to solve the mystery of local sheep attacks, TC finds himself falling for the feisty cowgirl. But when he learns she’s still in danger; his protective instincts threaten to drive Hallie away. Can TC convince Hallie she can have her independence and him too?

Titles in The Accidental Billionaire Cowboys series include — The Billionaire Cowboy’s Christmas —♥— Charming the Billionaire Cowboy —♥— The Billionaire Cowboy’s Proposition —♥— A Baby for the Billionaire Cowboy —♥—

This is an adult romance that does not contain graphic violence, swearing, or sexual situations beyond kisses.

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