Take A Chance, Cowboy by Lacey Wolfe

Take A Chance, Cowboy by Lacey Wolfe
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (88 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Can a city girl heal a cowboy’s broken heart?

Nathan Carver gave up on love long ago after a betrayal he wasn’t sure he could ever get over. When Angie Simms arrives in town to help his brother’s fiancée with their upcoming wedding, she stirs things in him that he hasn’t felt in a long time. Things he doesn’t want to feel. So he pushes her away.

Angie wants what she wants, and doesn’t always think before she speaks. When she lays eyes on sexy cowboy Nathan, she’s determined to find out what caused his brooding attitude. She can tell right away that he’s not someone to play with. He’s got a layer of hurt around his heart, which makes him that much more attractive.

The feisty woman is determined to make Nathan her conquest, but will he take a chance on Angie?

Nathan thought he’d never teach horse riding lessons again, bad memories crowding everything helpful out of his mind. Seriously nervous, his mood isn’t helped when he’s interrupted by Angie – the best friend of his brother’s fiancée. Here to help with all the wedding preparations, Nathan is attracted, but having been seriously burned in the past isn’t sure he wants that kind of heartache again. Angie is ready to make some life-altering decisions. Having been fired from her job and with her lease up, she decides to give Deer Creek—and Nathan in particular—a go until after the wedding. Then she can decide if she wants to give the man, and place, a chance to change her life.

I was initially dismayed by how rocky things began between Nathan and Angie. Angie clearly had the hots for Nathan, and told him so right up front. Nathan, however, has never done “casual” and had zero interest in having or being a fling. This added quite a bit of tension between them, and while I could understand, it lessened the impact for me of their chemistry. I really felt for Nathan – who had been treated horrendously by an ex-lover. He’s everything I love in a cowboy hero, strong, loyal and steadfast. Angie was a little harder to read. While she seemed outwardly like a typical happy, sexy city girl, there were hidden pockets in her past and with her family that we learn as the book moves on. I was also a little sad she felt at times she couldn’t be honest with Nathan. While it was always for an understandable reason, someone as hurt as Nathan had been previously deserved the truth and respect. This diminished my enjoyment of Angie. I loved the setting of the book though, that wonderful small town feel and with a strong cast of family on Nathan’s side there were plenty of funny antics and happy moments to offset the tension.

There is a strong cast of secondary characters whom I thoroughly enjoyed, and clear links to past (and hopefully future!) books. The sex was hot and steamy. Spicy enough I’d not share it with my mother, but not outrageous or envelope pushing. I’m intrigued enough by Nathan’s family and the cast of characters that I will look into other titles by this author. Overall I really enjoyed this book. A few bumps couldn’t diminish the love and chemistry between Nathan and Angie and I was thrilled with their happy ending.

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