Mar 6, 2017

Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson Review

 Hometown Cowboy
Rocky Mountain Riders, #1
Sara Richardson
Released by February 28, 2017

In the New York Times bestselling tradition of Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates, and B. J. Daniels comes the first book in Sara Richardson's western contemporary romance series about bull-riding brothers.


Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot—will not—fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father—Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .

Jessa Mae Love has been dumped yet again, but this time by text message! So she is done with men, done with kisses, she is just going to focus on her father's animal rescue legacy to her and make him proud! She is certainly NOT going to kiss Lance Cortez, her father's best friends eldest son! No way!! And she certainly isn't going to fall in to bed with him either...

When Lance Cortez's mother walked out of his and his brothers lives when he was 9 years old, he would have never imagined that it would shape his whole life, or even be the cause of splitting up his family. 

Lance was sure he could never love anyone? Not even his family, especially then Lucas and Levi left town and never looked back. But when his father Luis went missing, the only person who would know where he would be was Jessa, but when he see her almost naked...well it defiantly shines a new light on Jessa.

As Jessa starts to help Lance out by keeping an eye on his Dad, things start to warm up between them, and when things start changing for the better with Lance and Jessa, Lance puts his big foot in it and now he is scrambling to get Jessa back, but has he destroyed their relationship for good.

My synopsis above only gives you a brief glimpse of the story and I sure as heck have left things out. But I will say that Hometown Cowboy is a sweet, heartwarming love story, where they both realize that love is real and you can't make someone love you. The writing is also smooth and they story reads at a steady pace, and there is no fact cramming any, which I love.

The characters of Jessa and Lance are likeable from the start. I also liked the way the author didn't have the lead characters come from the quintessential American home, but from broken homes, with parents who did what they could with what they had. Though I will say I'm curious to find out what happened with the other 2 Cortez brothers.

I give Hometown Cowboy 4 stars!

Holding her breath, she stood perfectly still and quiet—minus the loud drumbeat of her heart.
The knocking didn’t stop.
“Hello?” A man’s deep rumbling voice sent her heart off to the races again. There was something vaguely familiar about it . . .
“It’s Lance Cortez. I need to talk to you.”
Lance! Oh. Holy. No. This was not happening. She gazed longingly at the other side of the living room to the safe darkness of the tiny hallway that led to her bedroom. There was no way she’d get through there without him seeing something. Like her ass, maybe.
Get the front door with the windows, the ignorant Home Depot salesman had advised. It’ll let in the most light. Yes, and now it would also give Lance a clear view of a very full moon.
She flattened her body against the cabinets, craning her neck, and sure enough, he stood right there on her front porch, now peering through that lovely window on the door. Oh, god. Her lungs heaved so hard it felt like the Bold Lift Bra was about to bust at the seams. Calm down, she in-
structed herself. He’ll go away. He had to go away.
“Jessa! I know you’re in there. Your car’s here,” he called again, rapping the door with that big manly fist of his. “I need to talk to you. It’s an emergency.”
Tell me about it! Maybe she could call 9-1-1 and have him escorted off her porch . . .
Footsteps thudded on the front porch, moving closer.
Sweet lord! Lance Cortez was peeking through the bay window!
“Hang on a sec!” she yelled, then hit the deck, pressing her body against the wood floor. Lifting her head, she as- sessed the distance to the hallway. It might as well have been twenty miles.

Okay. Think. What would Naomi do? That was an easy one. She never would’ve gotten herself into this situation in the first place because Naomi had the ability to get dressed without the assistance of coffee.


Sara Richardson grew up chasing adventure in Colorado's rugged mountains. She's climbed to the top of a 14,000 foot peak at midnight, swum through Class IV rapids, completed her wilderness first-aid certification, and spent seven days at a time tromping through the wilderness with a thirty-pound backpack strapped to her shoulders.

Eventually Sara did the responsible thing and got an education in writing and journalism. After a brief stint in the corporate writing world, she stopped ignoring the voices in her head and started writing fiction. Now she uses her experience as a mountain adventure guide to write stories that incorporate adventure with romance. Still indulging her adventurous spirit, Sara lives and plays in Colorado with her saint of a husband and two young sons.

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