Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Cowboy for Keeps by Laura Drake

From a "fabulous new voice in romantic fiction" (New York Times bestselling author Lael Miller): an arrogant cowboy meets a headstrong woman determined to take custody of his niece, only to realize that she may be the family he was always searching for.

There's not much that could rattle a cowboy like Reese St. James. But when his twin brother dies in a car accident, Reese is stunned to discover he has a six-month old niece, Sawyer. Wanting to make up for lost time, Reese heads down to Unforgiven, New Mexico, to bring her home. He doesn't plan on Sawyer's guardian giving him any trouble, but the intriguing, independent woman is turning out to be more than he bargained for.

Lorelei West had given up hope of having a family of her own until her sister's tragic death brought little Sawyer into her life. And now there's no way she's going to let Reese take her away. Lorelei knows hotshot, good-looking cowboys like him – she's dated enough of them – and she intends to stand her ground. Yet the more time Reese and Lorelei spend together, the harder it is to deny the attraction building between them. But opening their hearts to a baby is one thing – can they also open their hearts to the possibility of a happily-ever-after?


Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Lorelei loves her life. Sure, she might wish things were different sometimes, but she's content with what she has and who she is. When she gets word that her sister has died in a fatal car crash, she is devastated. The real kicker is that her sister had a baby that nobody knew about! Lorelei rushes down to make sure that her niece is safe and is able to return with her. Lorelei has always wanted to be a mom, it just never happened for her. Now, she's vowed to make sure that her niece knows her mom and knows love.

Reese is a hard character to relate to. He's closed off, somewhat pushy, and despite wanting to do the right thing, sticks his foot in his mouth more often than not. He's been living in his father and brothers' shadows his entire life. And when he learns that his twin brother, the dare devil and favorite twin, has been killed in a car accident, he isn't quite sure how to process the information. Then, when he learns that he has a niece, Reese wants to make sure that she is cared for and has the best of everything his money can buy. What he isn't expecting is a protective woman who wants nothing to do with his money.

These two have to navigate all sorts of new things. Rearing a niece, Texas weather, egos, and making sure their niece knows that her parents loved her. It was a somewhat drawn out story that perhaps didn't need to take so long. However, watching Reese and Lorelei figure out how they were going to co-parent, mesh their lives together, and create new memories for their niece was fun to see. It's a sweet story where love does conquer all.

Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit. A tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West began.

In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan, and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Cowboy for Keeps (Chestnut Creek #3) by Laura Drake to read and review.

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