On Tour with Prism Book Tours
(Rocky Mountain Cowboys #5)Paperback & ebook, 379 Pages
By Karen Rock
By Karen Rock
February 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
Jewel Cade wants two things—
One is Heath Loveland
The Rocky Mountain cowgirl has her heart set on becoming range boss of the Cade ranch. But first she has to accompany the son of her family’s longtime enemy—and her off-limits secret crush—on a cattle drive across Colorado. Discovering Heath shares her attraction only makes for a rockier road. Because Jewel has a sneaking suspicion that if she drops her guard, the cowboy might ride off with her heart.
“In the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take.”
Winning the Cowboy’s Heart is an excellent story, as is the whole Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. It’s well written, highly entertaining, almost impossible to put down, engages the emotions, and is clean. Each story stands alone, but I recommend reading the whole series for the most benefit. Whichever book I’m reading at the time seems like my favorite, but there’s something special about Heath and Jewel’s story.
Karen Rock has created a memorable cast of characters in the Cade and Loveland families – two families who work hard, care about each other and the community, but are enemies because of a long-standing feud. That enmity weakened ever so slightly with the marriage of two senior family members in a previous story, then a little more when the feud’s origins proved false, but still remained firmly in place when Jewel Cade began helping the Lovelands on a cattle drive.
Jewel and Heath are engaging, well developed, and relatable characters. To Heath’s thinking, Jewel “preferred horses to people and was as approachable as a cactus” – but that hard edge soon reveals a softer side. I quickly connected with Heath’s musical ability, but wanted to shake some sense into him for always trying to please others instead of following his heart. In the words of his sister, Sierra, “He’s so used to making others happy and playing the role of knight in shining armor that he doesn’t know how to save himself.”
Woven throughout this story is the off-the-charts chemistry between Heath and Jewel, with some kissing scenes guaranteed to leave you weak at the knees, but there’s also tons of atmosphere, character depth and relational drama. I loved how Jewel and Heath cared for their cattle and learned interesting things from Jewel’s knowledge, such as the benefits of freeze branding in order to reduce stress. And a cattle-drive scene during a rain storm will hold you spellbound.
Both Jewel and Heath had to learn not to let other people control how they felt about themselves, something we can all easily relate to. And the Cade/Loveland feud reminds of how natural it is to hold a grudge, even when the basis for it is proven to be false. I also thought Sofia spoke truth about love when she told Jewel…
“Falling in love isn’t really falling, it’s more like two
people bending until they meet in the middle.”
I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this series and hope for more stories to come. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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About the Author
When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete.
Learn more about her at http://www.karenrock.com or follow her on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/karenrock5.
- 1 winner will receive signed, print copies of the first four books in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series (Christmas at Cade Ranch, Falling for a Cowboy, Bad Boy Rancher & A Cowboy's Pride) - US Only
- Ends February 13, 2019