3.5 down to earth cowboys stars!!!
Eight seconds to glory. One second to lose it all.
Bowen Barclay lived to ride bulls – until his single-minded focus cost his wife her life. Four years on, raising his son alone is the only thing he’s getting right. His rodeo career is going down in flames and instead of dating, he’s playing his kid’s video games.
Paisley Ackerly loves to sing. Loudly and offkey, but in the privacy of her rundown home, it’s only her children she’s torturing. Until her ten-year-old leaves his gaming console on, with a handsome cowboy still on the webcam, listening to every word.
Being accused of internet creepery isn’t the best way to meet a woman, but when an instant spark ignites between the two, it isn’t long before online chat spills over into real life dirty talk.
But while Paisley might love Bowen’s filthy mouth, when the pressures of his public career and her secret past explode, words won’t be enough to save them.
Who else dances around their house while cleaning and singing loudly off key?? Oh, just me and this book character Paisley then? I do it all the time and I think that is why this book was so relatable. Paisley is just a mom trying to do right by her kids. Her ex obviously wasn’t the right fit for her, and she doesn’t use that to poison her kids minds and I really appreciate it when an author does that. While her and her ex may be fighting, they don’t put the kids in the middle. The dad kind of does seem like a dead beat a little, but he may not exactly be one. Paisley also knows when to step away and let Bowen figure things out on his own or let him try to. That takes a lot of willpower, I love her tenacity and ability to just fit right in with his crowd of friends. Their kids together are just too cute.
Bowen is just straight up adorable; I know he’s supposed to rough and tough cowboy mode. However, he’s a dad, and he’s almost always in dad mode. Whenever he catches the puke with his hat… oh be still my heart. Stop the presses that was a pure dad moment there. His slow and steady pace with Paisley is perfect, and the fact that they don’t tell the kids so that their hearts don’t get broken is to sweet. Obviously, he has emotional baggage it wouldn’t be a HEA if they didn’t have growth to go through. I loved the glimpse into the rodeo scene with all of the guys.
What I do not like, the side romance with Bowen and Paisley’s parents… it’s awkward and unnecessary, I think. I don’t think I like the name for the series but that’s neither here nor there right because I don’t get a choice. I just cover the book with a sleeve or read it on KU. I’m actually embarrassed by a lot of the names of books I read and the covers lol, but I love romance so here I come with cheesy names and covers for life!!
Elle Thorpe lives on the sunny east coast of Australia, about an hour out of Sydney. When she’s not writing stories full of kissing and chemistry, she’s a wife, and Mummy to three tiny humans. She’s also official ball thrower to one slobbery dog named Rollo. Yes, she named a female dog after a male character on Vikings. Don’t judge her. Elle is a complete and utter fangirl at heart, obsessing over The Walking Dead and Outlander to an unhealthy degree. But she wouldn’t change a thing.
Elle writes steamy contemporary romance with a heavy focus on drama, humour and swoon-worthy book boyfriends.