Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher, Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.
Or a lover?
Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the person on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and Cal is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them and there is no turning back.
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: That Cowboy of Mine
Author: Donna Grant
Genre: Modern Western Romance/Romantic Suspense
Published: April 26, 2022
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 4.5 stars
That Cowboy of Mine captured my attention and imagination from the first page and held me captive until the final ending sentence. While the story blurb tells you all you really need to know before picking this one up, it doesn’t show you the intensity of the story or the complexity either. Dillion is right to believe she can’t trust anyone… and that means absolutely anyone within her world. But for right now, it’s Cal who she wants to believe yet so many things just don’t add up. Too many questions and the intense attraction between them will result in a push/pull relationship where trust can so easily be misplaced… if it’s even given at all.
The chemistry between Cal and Dillion is sizzling and practically leaps off of the page. But, while I enjoyed their interactions immensely it was the suspense part of That Cowboy of Mine that kept me glued to page after page. There are some obvious vile villains here… but there is too much going on for there not to be a hidden agenda or more involvement than is obvious to Dillain or the reader.
I don’t intend to give away spoilers, so I’m simply going to say that Cal and Dillion kept me focused on their story without a break until I knew the answers to all the secrets in their world. There were surprises, intense emotions, and a story that I didn’t want to see come to an end, even though I needed answers to those questions. That Cowboy of Mine is one of the many reasons that this author is an auto-buy (or request an ARC) for me. The story is intense, complicated enough with hints and possibilities galore but you won’t know it all until the final pages. If you love a good story, puzzle pieces to fit together, a couple that is believable in everything they do… then you’ll want to grab this one, fast. I was hooked from the start and actually sad that there wasn’t more when the ending appeared (not that it needed more but that I wanted more).
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*
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