Cowboy Tough by Joanne Kennedy

TOUGH

Cowboy Tough by Joanne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (371 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

She’s hardly a cowgirl… Cat Crendall left a successful advertising job in New York to teach art workshops in the wild west. The Boyd Ranch is hardly her dream destination, but if the outing’s a success, the company will send her to more exotic locations. But once a cowboy… Mack Boyd was in the middle of the best bronc-riding season of his life when his mother asked for help with an artists’ retreat at the ranch. Mack might be able to ride a wild stallion to a standstill but he can’t say no to his family. Cat and Mack are complete opposites…but when the ranch is threatened financially, can they set aside their differences and work together?

She’s what he never saw coming. He’s just what she needs.

I love a good opposites attract story. Cat dreams of so much more than the country. It’s not in her blood. She wants Paris, elegance…something not dirty and grubby. Except her dreams haven’t led her to Paris. Nope. She’s in Wyoming.

Then there’s Mack. He’s at home on a bronc. He’ll run the ranch if it means helping his family, but his heart lies elsewhere. Until he meets Cat. Suddenly, roots aren’t so bad.

I like how these two are polar opposites. Dirt doesn’t bother him and she’s not so sure she wants to be there. Then again, she’s got an elegance he’s not totally convinced he knows what to do with.

Ms. Kennedy’s writing succeeds in two major places. One, I felt like I was right there in the Wyoming landscape with these characters. I could see the vastness and wanted to go there. I’ve never been out west that far, but yeah, I want to go there. Ms. Kennedy also succeeds in the fish out of water story. Cat doesn’t feel she belongs in Wyoming. She’s not thrilled to be on a ranch. I felt what Cat felt and cheered for her to get her HEA. I mean, with Mack as the prize, yeah, I’d want to figure out how to stick around, too.

If you want a book that flows, one that immerses you in the action, then this is the book for you!

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