Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Cowboy Next Door by Roxanne Snopek

Title:  The Cowboy Next Door
Series:  This Old House #3
Author:  Roxanne Snopek
Published:  January 27/15 by Tule Publishing
Length:  105pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary Western Romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Love’s worth more than being right

When single mother Leda Plett - who’s doing just fine on her own, thank you very much – goes next door to retrieve her wandering pooch, she doesn’t expect to find the neighbor’s handsome brother lounging about like he owns the place. She certainly doesn’t expect him to go after the deadbeat who abandoned her. She’s not looking for a know-it-all white knight with long, lean muscles and a sexy smile. He’s hot, but she’s already been burned.

Rodeo-star turned agent Eric Anders is used to managing people, especially irresponsible males, and he can’t stand it that some jerk has left Leda high and dry. Clearly, the boots-and-sundress wearing mouthy mama needs someone on her side. He could change her life, if only she would let him! And it has nothing to do with the fact that her sparkly exterior hides a spirit that is as sweet as it is strong – and irresistible.

In fact, Leda is more mature than her years. She feels the weight of her mistakes, and wants only to make sure her daughter doesn’t suffer for them. Eric’s hot gaze makes her weak in the knees but Leda’s track record with men is as bad as it is short. Can she trust the cowboy next door?

When Eric’s well-intentioned actions inadvertently reveal a shameful secret from Leda’s past, he realizes she never needed him at all. As he watches her rise above the humiliation, he knows he must find a way to make it up to her, or risk losing the one girl he now can’t live without.

My Review:

Perfect! Absolutely perfect! Snopek has captured the essence of real romance. This story has heart, soul, and shows life the way it really is. Snopek doesn’t mince words when telling this tale. She draws you into the complexities of life faced by her characters, while at the same time stealing your heart with the strength and originality found within.

I loved getting to know characters from previous novels in this series on a deeper level, as well as meeting the new ones that Snopek introduces us toSnopek develops everyone so completely that you really feel like part of the community. . It’s such a fantastic mix for those following the series, yet at the same time, set up in such a way that a new reader could easily pick up this novel and read it as a standalone.

Leda is one of my all-time favourite romance heroines. Her trials and self-doubts combine with a winning, outgoing personality into an individual that both captured my heart and made me laugh repeatedly. The slang in the dialogue is absolutely priceless. It makes Leda stand out even more than she already does.

I absolutely love this author. I don’t think that I’ve read a single piece of her work that hasn’t held me captive. This story definitely holds up to that standard. This novella may be short and sweet, but it definitely packs a punch.

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