A Cowboy’s Heart
Harlequin American Romance, Aug 5 2014, $5.50
In Montana, veterinarian Liz Henson has been half in love with World Steer Wrestling champ Conner Bannock ever since several years ago at her first disastrous professional barrel race he told her she had real talent and to ignore her poor showing. Wanting to help Liz and knowing this is each’s last professional event, Conner explains how stupid it is going to contests separately because of the late Scrooge Daniel Corkin’s orders when they are neighbors. He stuns her when he asks her to drive down with him to Vegas for the Pro National Finals Rodeo and stay in his RV; she stuns herself when she accepts.
In Vegas, Conner begins to realize the little girl next door is a vibrant woman whom he likes. As they fall in love, his ex-wife Los Angeles TV anchor Reva Stevens arrives with a desire for a second chance.
The second Bannock-Henson Hitting Rocks Cowboys drama (see In A Cowboy's Arms) is an engaging contemporary starring two likable leads in which their thrilling rodeo exploits and related lifestyles supersedes the romantic triangle subplot. Somewhat leisurely-paced, subgenre fans will enjoy “the thrill of victory... and the agony of defeat... the human drama of athletic competition ...” (ABC’s Wide World of Sports) at the rodeo.