Monday, April 26, 2021

Review: When a Cowboy Loves A Woman by Jennie Marts

Author: Jennie Marts
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 2021

 Her perfectly controlled life falls apart when a kitchen fire lands young widow Elle Brooks in the muscled arms of handsome rancher and veterinarian Brody Tate. The fire forces Elle to move in with her friend Bryn and her motley collection of rescue horses and other animals on the Heaven Can Wait Horse Rescue ranch, where she volunteers. Spending time with the hunky cowboy and his spunky 10-year-old daughter, Mandy, as they rehabilitate the beautiful horses, reminds Elle of all she lost in a car crash years ago. She can't deny the feelings that being close to Brody is stirring in her.

As a widower himself, Brody puts all he has into being a good dad for his spirited daughter. He hasn't let women and romance even enter his mind, until he meets Elle. And now, this woman is all he thinks about. Spending time with her is shaking up the calm stasis he had worked so hard to achieve, but he can't seem to stay away.

Brody and Elle both know the pain of losing someone they loved, and neither planned ever to let themselves fall in love again. But fate has a way of stepping in, and what started with a small fire now burns hotter than either one could have imagined. Can these two wounded souls take a chance on each other and risk their hearts again? 

When A Cowboy Loves A Woman is the second book in the Creedence Horse Rescue Series.  I liked Brody from the first book, so I was excited to see this one was his story.  I have been in a bit of a reading slump and this book was just the thing I needed to get excited to read again.  This was the sweetest story about two people who have suffered immense loss finding the strength to overcome their fear and love again.

I just loved Elle and Brody together.  They had amazing chemistry.  Elle's loss was gut wrenching. I'm not sure how one moves on from a loss like that.  I loved how the author used animals ( especially Roxy) to help Elle heal.  The animals also provided some great comic relief. Brody was a great father who was struggling with watching his little girl grow up.  (I can relate) The one character that really stood out for me was Mandy.  They say that we can learn a lot from kids.  This one has a lot to teach Elle and Brody.  I highly recommend this one.  I look forward to Cade's story.  

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