Monday, 20 November 2017

The Christmas Cowboy by Shanna Hatfield

Series: Rodeo Romance # 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: Oct. 16, 2013
376 pages
About the Book:
Flying from city to city in her job as a busy corporate trainer for a successful direct sales company, Kenzie Beckett doesn’t have time for a man. And most certainly not for the handsome cowboy she keeps running into at the airport. Burned twice, she doesn’t trust anyone wearing boots and Wranglers, especially someone as charming and handsome as Tate Morgan.

Among the top saddle bronc riders in the rodeo circuit, easy-going Tate Morgan can handle the toughest horse out there, but trying to handle the beautiful Kenzie Beckett is a completely different story.

As the holiday season approaches, this Christmas Cowboy is going to need more than a little mistletoe to win her heart. 
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My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (5 stars)

“I don’t make a habit of becoming friends with people
I randomly meet at the airport.”

I fell in love with Kenzie and Tate almost right from the beginning. Their interactions put a smile on my face almost every time they were together. This story shows the danger of jumping to conclusions and judging someone because of a type. Kenzie has avoided allowing Megan to introduce her to a friend because she has been burnt by cowboys in the past, and has no desire to be set up with one. However when she keeps running into Tate at the airport, they strike up a friendship and begin dating, just when he starts to break down her walls she jumps to conclusions about something she saw and things turn from good to miserable.
I just loved Tate, he was the kind of gentleman every girl deserves. There were so many times I smiled at the way he treated Kenzie, he was sweet and a flirt but he is loving, his relationship with his father and best friend showed so much about his personality. Kenzie is career driven but she gives of herself for others and the way she treated Tate’s father was wonderful. Her trust issues come out and she ends up making herself miserable when she won’t listen to anyone. I hurt for Tate when he was hurt (emotionally and then physically). The way the couple overcomes the set back in their relationship was amazing and I loved Kenzie that much more. The second part of their story was wonderful and will definitely put the reader in the Christmas spirit.
Ms. Hatfield had me experiencing so many emotions throughout. There was one point where I was holding my breath waiting to find out an outcome and then breathed a sigh of relief when things weren’t as bad as I expecting. The way the story progressed felt realistic. All the characters were interesting and I look forward reading more in the series. I especially can’t wait to get to know Tate’s best friend, Cort better.
“If they planned to have any kind of relationship, they really
needed to be together, at least occasionally.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
 Other Books in the Series:
2 Wrestlin' Christmas 3 Capturing Christmas 4 Barreling Through Christmas 5 Chasing Christmas

Friday, 17 November 2017

First Line Friday - Week 28

Happy Friday!!!

Welcome to First Line Friday's hosted by Hoarding Books. I was introduced to Shanna Hatfield's writing a couple years ago and she quickly become one of those authors where I try to pick up their newest book as soon as possible. Last week book 5 of her Rodeo Romance series released, a series that is Christmas focused. I decided this was the perfect time to re-read the series from the beginning since it had been a while since I read the the earlier books and will help me get in the Christmas spirit. Today's book is number 2 of the series. Disclaimer - the first line might have you thinking this is not going to be a clean read, but it is. 

Today's book is: Wrestlin' Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Wrestlin' Christmas

First line is:
"The raspy, slobber-laden tongue scraping across his cheek combined with the malodorous scent of dog breath rousted Cort McGraw from his drunken stupor."

Now it's your turn!
Let me know your first line in the comments and then head over
to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

You're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Releases: Dec. 12, 2017
320 pages
About the Book:
Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love?

Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.

Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.

Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.

With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟   (4 stars)

“Life is full of chaos, no matter how hard you try to keep it in order.
You have to live it the best you can.”

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Ms. Hatcher and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed her writing style. I was easily immersed into the setting and quickly connected with the characters. The story focuses on second-chances, facing fears, finding happiness and contentment.

Sam comes to Thunder Creek to look after her grandmother as she recovers from a fall and unexpectedly runs into her ex-boyfriend who lives here now. Nick is a changed person from who he was 2 years ago, since coming to Thunder Creek he has begun to find peace and the fresh start he was looking for. But when Sam arrives in town he realizes how much more he wants, he fights his feelings of wanting to be with her or staying away because he doesn’t deserve her. Their previous relationship ended abruptly and neither was expecting to cross paths again, but now that they have they realize they still care for one another. Can they overcome what tore them apart in the first place?

I enjoyed the flashbacks to memories of their previous relationship, it allowed me to really understand the hurt, the fear and the attraction they once experienced and what brought them to where they are now and why they acting they way they were. With the influence of their friends and family, Nick & Sam learn to trust God. Nick once was self-centered but now God and others are his focus. The change in him may be obvious to readers, but can he get Sam to see he has changed, is it worth trying?

Each character had their own presence and personality; no two characters felt the same. I found myself easily connecting with Sam, as I could see myself in many of her feelings and actions. I enjoyed the secondary characters just as much as the two mains. There were just a couple things that irked me about the story, one was just when they had agreed to go slow they take a huge leap and second the epilogue story felt like it came out of nowhere.

This story will have you encouraging Sam to embrace change and to overcome her fears, along with cheering for Nick to embrace the second chance he has been given. I was left with my heart feeling happy. I look forward to reading more by Ms. Hatcher.

 “Not trying is worse than trying and failing.” 

(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
Other Books by Robin Lee Hatcher:

You'll Think of Me  Heart Rings The Forgiving Hour