Take Me Home, Cowboy by Krista Ames

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Take Me Home, Cowboy by Krista Ames
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Ally Kincaid returns to Freewill, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with her father’s foreman instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.

Matt Gentry walked away from the past and shies from the future. No ties means no one gets hurt…until the boss’s daughter, a hot, green-eyed blonde, tempts him to break his own rules.

When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?

Who says you can’t go home again?

Concerned about the emotional well-being of her father, Ally Kincaid has returned to the ranch where she was raised in Wyoming. Having lived in New York for many years, she realizes quickly how much she misses home, as well as her widowed father. The only problem she encounters is her father’s trusted foreman, Matt.

Matt Gentry is a man hiding in plain sight. A mysterious traumatic event from his past has brought him to Freewill, and he’s worked day in and day out ever since. Having developed a strong affinity for his boss and friend, Jessie Kincaid, his life is thrown for a loop when Jessie’s daughter, Ally, comes home for a visit.

Ally and Matt have an instant attraction, if not love, at first sight. While both resist, the draw becomes too much and they succumb to their mutual desires.

I was immediately drawn into this story, and for the first half was riveted to every word. The antagonistic, yet sexually charged relationship Ally and Matt were developing made for a fun read. The sex was intensely hot, and I was anxious to find out if, or how, they would end up together.

After the couple’s consummation, the story fell a bit flat. The set up being so well laid out, I was disappointed that the latter part of the book seemed to focus on Ally’s father and his recovery, rather than the relationship between Ally and Matt. They were together at the hospital, and while their interaction was referenced, we didn’t get to witness much of it. There was little communication between them after the hot sex they shared, so the mystery of where their relationship was continued to be in question.

I enjoyed living the tale through both points of view, but at times felt it was switched perhaps too often. It made it a little hard to truly connect with each character, but it also kept the reader wondering what Matt’s mysterious past had to do with his current frame of mind. So, this may have been done for suspense effect.

While I was happy with the end, considering the two had little time together, and what there was revolved around injury, the topic of marriage seemed a big step. However, I love the idea of the two riding off into the sunset, and can see the foundation of a long term relationship set.

As a whole, I loved the story of Matt and Ally, the devoted cowboy and the rancher’s daughter. This is a new spin on a classic tale, and I enjoyed taking the time to read it. If you love a rugged cowboy paired with the beautiful city gal, this is a great one to read!

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