Professional rodeo cowboy Rye Calhoun has been the primary breadwinner for his family since he was seventeen. Now thirty, there’s still no time for romance, and there certainly isn’t room for beautiful Texan Ansley Campbell, an artist with big dreams…dreams that don’t align with his.
When Ansley Campbell’s ailing uncle needs someone to help him at Cold Canyon Ranch in Paradise Valley, Ansley volunteers, eager for some breathing space from her family of overbearing men. But when her uncle Clyde has an accident the weekend of the Copper Mountain Rodeo, handsome cowboy Rye Calhoun is there to help.
From the moment Rye and Ansley meet, their chemistry sizzles, but their worlds are nothing alike, and neither of them is in a position to compromise. Is love really enough, or are they asking to have their hearts broken?
Titles in the 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo series include — Take Me Please, Cowboy by Jane Porter —♥— Tempt Me Please, Cowboy by Megan Crane —♥— Marry Me Please, Cowboy by Sinclair Jayne —♥— Promise Me Please, Cowboy by CJ Carmichael —♥— The Untold Story of Carol Bingley by Jane Hartley —♥—
Titles in The Calhouns & Campbells of Cold Canyon Ranch by Jane Porter include — Take Me Please, Cowboy —♥—
** If you’ve loved the fictional town of Marietta, Montana, you might like our page devoted to this unique world.
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Take Me Please, Cowboy
Series: The 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo #1 & The Calhouns & Campbels of Cold Canyon Ranch #1
Author: Jane Porter
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Modern Western Romance
Published: September 5, 2023
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 5 stars
Take Me Please, Cowboy is a straight-up 5-star story. There are several reasons why I feel so strongly about Rye and Ansley, as well as the return to the Copper Mountain Rodeo. Some are, perhaps, nostalgic for this is the 10th Anniversary of Tule Publishing — my 10th year of loving the stories that this publishing house puts out there into the world. Also, the 10-year mark for my ongoing love affair with the town of Marietta, Montana. And those are valid reasons for why I loved this story so much. Yet, the fact remains that Rye and Ansley themselves sell this story for what it is… a blending of personalities, a healing of past heartaches, a way into the future when that seemed an impossibility, and the power of finding that one person who is a perfect fit even when the obstacles seem insurmountable — hope, faith can hold out for those possibilities to be discovered. Their story, their love, clicked all the right boxes for me in ways that were heart-wrenching, difficult, and, in the end, joyful and full of hope for the future.
Their story is also hard-hitting in the reality of dealing with depression and taking on responsibilities far beyond what should be expected of anyone. The reality of elder care and how that affects an entire family. The differences between how Rye and Ansley grew up are realistic and are a major part of their story as well as eventually not being such a huge mountain as it first seemed. In the end, people are still… just people and it’s the emotions that grow between this couple that matter; the rest is simply their history.
I’ve called them a realistic couple, and the mistakes they both made in this relationship make that feel even more so. It takes a strong, wise person to admit to a huge mistake. It also takes a strong and wise person to look beyond that mistake and see their future shining in their loved one’s eyes. Rye and Ansley did both of those things, and the struggles, the emotions, and the results felt so believable – as though I could have done the exact things. Their romance is an excellent example of seeing the real person behind the circumstances, of taking another chance on someone who has hurt you, and of how it is possible to blend all things into a viable family that will only grow stronger over time… because of those differences.
I’ve shied away from talking about the core of this romance, for I believe it’s a story that needs to be read, not told. I loved everything about Take Me Please, Cowboy, and it is an excellent beginning to both the 85th Copper Mountain Rodeo and The Calhouns & The Campbells of Cold Canyon Ranch series. I highly recommend this well-written, emotional, sad, funny, complicated, uplifting story to any reader. It just proves that there are always possibilities… if we trust enough to search for them. (I had an ARC of this story and have also purchased my own personal copy, for this is definitely a keeper for me. One I will re-read and find even more to love.)
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout, and I sincerely thank them for their trust. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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