Cowboy After Five by Fleeta Cunningham

Cowboy After Five by Fleeta Cunningham
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (183 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Fern

Mickey Brandt’s heart is in his nightclub, but the sudden death of his father burdens him with Brandt Enterprises until he can get an administrator. To help manage Mickey’s Place and trace irregularities in the nightclub’s books, he hires Leanne Young as assistant manager.

Leanne is glad of the additional income so she can afford care for her grandmother, once a well-known singer. As she tidies Mickey’s haphazard bookkeeping, she discovers the cause of the club’s financial difficulties and alerts him to the illegal activities going on behind his back. Meanwhile her beloved grandmother shares a secret with Mickey that jeopardizes his budding relationship with Leanne.

Caught between his promise to the grandmother, his admiration for the granddaughter, and an illegal operation threatening the business he built, Mickey realizes he could lose it all—his club, his father’s business, and that strawberry blonde who thinks she has a calculator in place of a heart.

Mickey was stretching himself thin. Between helping out at his father’s office and working at his own club – Mickey’s Bar – Mickey doesn’t have a lot of spare time on his hands. He does love his after-hours sing-alongs at the old people’s home, though, where he becomes a singing cowboy after five. When he meets the granddaughter of one of his favourite ladies, Leanne, Mickey just knows here is a lady he wants to get to know better.

I really enjoyed this full length story. I found the characters were interesting, layered and vibrant – I particularly liked some of the people at the old folks’ home, Miss Cordelia was a delight! Leanne and Mickey were clearly the main hero and heroine, and I greatly enjoyed their slow, sweet drop into love with each other. There was also plenty of interesting and really well written plot to keep me turning the pages. Between the nefarious happenings at Mickey’s club, Mickey working office hours where possible for his dad at his business and Mickey’s moonlighting as a singer there is more than enough action happening I feel to keep most readers interested.

I found this to be a wholesome, really well paced and lovely story to read. Very romantically sweet, it’s the sort of story I’d happily share not just with my friends, but also my mother or younger women just beginning to explore sweet romances. While there’s certainly romance to it, the happiness and sweet spark is something that lends itself to being shared with family and friends. While I was a little disappointed that much of the plot was fairly predictable, that in itself was rather like a cosy, warm blanket to wrap myself in. The fact nothing too outrageous or crazy happened is sometimes exactly the sort of romance story one wants to read.

A delicious, sweet romance full of good plot and excellent characters.

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