MY COWBOY VALENTINE by Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels
My Cowboy Valentine by Jane Porter and Tanya Michaels
Harlequin American Romance
Reviewed by Vanessa
“Be Mine, Cowboy” by Jane Porter
Cade King walked away from young Rachel James when she pushed for more than he was willing to give. He had his own demons to fight, and he couldn’t be the man for Rachel at the time. Cade felt it was better to just leave her then, but Rachel couldn’t understand how he could just leave her like that. She gave Cade everything, and he moved on like she was nothing. She tries to move on with her life, but she ends up making more hurdles than she had bargained for in the end. But Rachel can’t/won’t complain because now she is a single mother looking to just make it through each day. Cade returns to try and pick up the pieces with Rachel after a five year absence. Will Rachel let Cade back in, or has she decided there is more at stake than just her own happiness?
“Be Mine, Cowboy” was a quick short story that would have greatly benefitted from a longer in-depth tale. I truly like second chance tales, but “Be Mine, Cowboy” left me with a bitter taste. Cade returned on a lie, and he never truly redeemed himself from the past. He came across as a guy that just wanted to be a white knight, and frankly, Rachel was in need of one. However, where was the love? Rachel claimed to be so much more in “Be Mine, Cowboy”, but her character never fully revealed what she wanted to own as her own….pride. Her quick reliance on Cade made no sense given her feelings of heartbreak from his walking away. I would have felt better about “Be Mine, Cowboy” if there hadn’t been a history between Cade and Rachel.
“Hill Country Cupid” by Tanya Michaels
Dance instructor Tess Fitzpatrick has always lived in the shadow of her older sister. She has settled for being a dance instructor and learned that she may never excel at getting the approval of her parents. However, she has become a great matchmaker and she has set her sights on helping the sexy, single father Nick Calhoun achieve his dream woman. Nick’s little girl is looking for a mom, and Nick wouldn’t mind having that special someone in his life either. He agrees to let childhood friend Tess help him gain the eye of his ideal woman from his teen years, but he soon finds she isn’t what the adult Nick wants after all. How can Nick convince Tess that taste changes and his have become refined over the past few weeks?
“Hill Country Cupid” was a fun, smile-inducing story that stayed with me long after I finished the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry building between Nick and Tess and completely understood his change of heart. “Hill Country Cupid” showed that sometimes what we really want is right there in front of us all along. Nick showed that he can be incredibly caring and thoughtful, yet not always put himself forward at times. However, Tess also showed that at times she wasn’t always willing to risk herself either in “Hill Country Cupid”. I was so engrossed in “Hill Country Cupid” that I found myself rooting for the final “ah ha” moment between Tess and Nick. I did wish that there was a better resolution between Tess and her mother, but not enough to truly complain.
I so enjoyed “Hill Country Cupid” that it almost made My Cowboy Valentine worth the read.