Read for: Requested Review/ Tour/ Cowboy Romance!
Synopsis: "Wealthy cowboy, James MacLachlan, is content running his massive family ranch and starting an equine therapy program for special needs children. After his mother died in childbirth, and witnessing his father’s destruction at the loss of true love, James sticks to casual affairs. Marriage and children are risks he won’t take.
Reese Turner visits Cypress Creek, Texas, to complete a photo assignment for National Geographic and buy back her grandparents’ cottage. After disastrous romances, she’s sworn off men to focus on her career. Marriage and the babies she longs for can wait. When she runs into an old flame, she decides she can live out a fantasy, then leave town to pursue her dreams. But love doesn’t play by the rules…"
My Review: I am such a sucker for cowboy romances! I haven't read anything by Lee before and I was excited to see if she brought anything new to the cowboy romance sub-genre. She did not disappoint me. I loved the blend of small town/ranch life with a bit of mystery and some twists on some common tropes. I admit that I was a little worried when one of my least favorite tropes started being foreshadowed early in the book but I am really happy with the way she twisted it in a different way. I really enjoyed James and Reese as characters, both of them were well developed with a lot of backstory and many, many flaws. I enjoyed how their relationship grew, it had to overcome many obstacles and missteps. I am really hoping we get to see more of them, maybe in a story about Finn (because we need to find out what happened and what will happen).
My Rating: I really enjoyed this book, it has been a while since I last got to pick up a cowboy romance (they were all starting to be a little too similar), and this was so much more than a simple romance. I enjoyed the characters and the way Makenna Lee twisted some of those too often seen tropes. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book, the above is my honest review and opinion.
Her Second Chance Cowboy was released on July 20th, so you can obtain your own copy now in print or digital format from:
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She opened the driver’s side door, then turned to tell him good night. “Thanks for dinner.” Was that her voice sounding all breathy and wanton?
“You’re welcome. If you come out first thing in the morning, we can get an early start and go for a ride. And work on my great-great-grandfather’s mystery.”
“I like that idea.” Get in, Reese. Drive away. Instead, she brushed a leaf from his shoulder.
His full lips lowered to the corner of her mouth. The caress was gentle. Brief.
The simple, innocent kiss hit a switch inside her. One that hadn’t been tripped since their last kiss, over eleven years ago. One that other men had not managed to tap into. Her entire body warmed, sparking a shiver and a desire to stay, but she needed tonight to gather herself.
This was her chance to stay in the cottage and convince him she could take care of it. Not the start of a summer romance.
But could she manage a temporary romantic reunion?
Makenna Lee is an award-winning romance author living in the Texas Hill Country with her real-life hero and their two children. Her oldest son has Down syndrome and taught her to appreciate the little things, and he inspired one of her novels. As a child, she played in the woods, looked for fairies under toadstools, and daydreamed. Her writing journey began when she mentioned all her story ideas, and her husband asked why she wasn’t writing them down. The next day she bought a laptop, started her first book, and knew she’d found her passion. Makenna is often drinking coffee while writing, reading, or plotting a new story. Her wish is to write books that touch your heart, making you feel, think, and dream. She enjoys renaissance festivals, nature photography, studying herbal medicine, and usually listens to Celtic music while writing. She writes for Entangled Publishing and Harlequin and believes everyone deserves a happy ending.
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