Activist Emily Sullivan left her fulfilling job in the Peace Corps to save her family’s ranch from bankruptcy. Her dream is to use renewable energy because conservation and education are her passion. Unfortunately, her parents believe there’s a greater profit in allowing hunting tours to cull the local wild species. Emily vows to change her parents’ minds.
Donovan Link doesn’t stay in one place or with one job too long. This cowboy-turned-hunter is determined that the hunting lodge he built on the Three Sisters ranch will give him a nice nest egg so he could retire to Alaska, where the game is plentiful and his incarcerated father can never find him.
When these two opposites clash, sparks fly. Donovan sees Emily as a sabotaging eco-warrior and she sees him as a soulless trophy hunter. But they need to work together to keep the Three Sisters ranch in the black and fighting with each other — and falling in love — complicates an already impossible situation.
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
(This series is part of the Last Stand, Texas group of connecting series. Think Marietta, Montana– Tule Publishing’s other large set of somewhat connecting series set in a fictional town. Our Last Stand, Texas page can be found here.)
Title: The Cowboy’s Hunt
Series: Three Sisters Ranch #2
Author: Jamie K. Schmidt
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: September 19, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
The Cowboy’s Hunt is the second title in the Three Sisters Ranch series, a part of the Last Stand, Texas connecting series from Tule Publishing. While I always believe you get the best experience by reading a series from the beginning, after saying that, you could still read this one on its own. I believe you’ll get a better understanding of the tensions on the ranch and reasons why certain things are happening if you’ve read The Cowboy’s Daughter first… but that’s simply my own opinion, you do what works for you.
There were times when I understood exactly where Emily was coming from – and there were other times when I simply wanted her to be an adult and stop acting like a brat. Her decision to be a vegetarian and to defend animals in any form is admirable – for her because it’s her choice. Not everyone feels the same and while she demands respect for her views she’s not above a bit of sabotage toward Donovan’s hunting operations. The tensions between these two are not only about lifestyles but a sizzling awareness of each other as well. Neither planned on falling in love, certainly not with someone so completely opposite in mindset from their own views, but the heart doesn’t care one little bit about that. Eventually, they’ll work out their differences for not only the good of the ranch in the long run but for themselves… it’s just going to be a rocky ride to get to that point.
There are other things happening in The Cowboy’s Hunt aside from the tensions between Donovan and Emily that will keep you fully engaged in this story from beginning to end. A few twists, a bit of a surprise, and getting to visit once again with book friends make this story one that I enjoyed. Now I’m curious about what happens next so keep an eye out for the next story in the Three Sisters Ranch series. If you love a complicated relationship, interesting characters, and a couple that has to work for their happy ending then you’ll want to pick this one up real soon.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
**This review first appeared on my Keeper Bookshelf website and has been slightly updated from its original September 2019 posting.**
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