A Real Cowboy
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Mar 3 2015, $5.50
Divorcee Nicolette Kendall, accompanied by her six year old son Sammy, leaves New York for Bitterroot, Oklahoma to stay on the ranch her best friend Cassandra Peterson recently inherited from Cass Holiday who died when a tornado touched ground. Holiday Ranch cowboy Lucas Taylor sees the New Yorker for the first time; and to his astonishment he immediately is attracted to Nicolette and likes the positive energy of her child.
However, someone wearing a ski mask and using a ladder looks into Sammy’s second floor room. To insure Sammy’s safety, Lucas sleep in the other bunk in the lad’s bedroom. As he and Nicolette become better acquainted, they fall in love, but someone has other plans for the mother and her son.
The first Cowboys of Holiday Ranch is an engaging romantic suspense starring two likable protagonists and a deep bench who protect the three newcomers like a horde of momma and poppa grizzlies with their cubs. The relationship between Lucas and Sammy allows the audience to appreciate further the caring cowboy while also marveling over the honesty that comes out of the mouth of babes. Although readers will guess the identity of the stalker early on, A Real Cowboy is a fine opening act.