Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cowgirl Up by Cheyenne Meadows

When quitting isn’t an option, a girl has to cowgirl up.

After the loss of her mother, Trinity finds herself alone in the world with only her horse, Legacy, for companionship. She embarks on a journey to fulfill her and her late mother’s dream—to qualify for the barrel racing national championship.

Cody signed up as a rodeo vet help alleviate his restlessness since returning from Afghanistan. The former Navy SEAL struggles with his scars both inside and out, especially after his last girlfriend took one look at his wounds and ran.

Both Trinity and Cody are no strangers to grief. They recognize a kindred spirit in each other, but obstacles keep popping up along the way.

Can they learn to trust and walk this journey together? In order to make all her dreams come true, can Trinity cowgirl up to the challenge and come out a winner?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of unwanted sexual aggression/attempted rape and moderately graphic details of physical injury.

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Totally Bound Publishing.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a great cowgirl story. I loved the detailed descriptions of barrel racing and the way the author makes the rodeo come to life for readers. The connection between Trinity and Cody is sweet and very believable.

Cody is a great character. The cowboy turned SEAL turned veterinarian is interesting, conflicted, and always a gentleman. He’s a little bit too good to be true but ultimately a perfect match for the sweet and innocent Trinity.

My reservations about this story are purely personal taste. Trinity is just a little too sweet for me. Good girl virgins aren’t really my thing and I found Trinity’s innocence more than a little tedious. I loved the fiercely competitive barrel racer, but the insecure and inexperienced woman wasn’t for me.

This book is full of traditional gender roles – protective men, victimised women, and the sort of chivalry that borders on misogyny. Again, any criticism here is personal preference. Readers who love a more traditional way of life will love this. The writing is strong, the story and characters are complex, and this is ultimately a sweet, gentle romance.

Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall, resulting in a quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn't any good at it. I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on becoming a nurse.

A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author's webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing. Now, I spend my days off with my alpha male characters, quick witted heroines, and see how much trouble everyone can get into.

When I'm not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance novels.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Cowgirl Up by Cheyenne Meadows to read and review.

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