Tempting the Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto

Tempting the Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto
A Paint River Ranch Book
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

After taking a job on a quiet Montana dude ranch, ex-cop Rylan Frederickson finds herself surrounded by unbelievably sexy cowboys. Too bad the one she wants is her boss…and the single dad of a four-year-old. It doesn’t matter anyway, because after a recent tragedy, there’s simply no more room in her heart.

Letting a new woman into their life is the last thing Cole Haywood wants for him and his daughter, Birdie. But as Rylan’s presence at Paint River Ranch breathes new life into his family he can’t ignore his growing attraction.

When the sparks between them turn into fireworks in bed, Rylan’s torn between the family she’s lost and the one she may have found. Now she must decide if something that feels this good is worth the risk.

It takes a lot of inner strength and courage to pick yourself up after you hit rock bottom. We have Rylan, a strong woman, momentarily brought down by the loss of her daughter. All the guilt feelings do not allow her inner strength to help her deal with her emotions. The best advice anyone has given is to “just let life happen.”

I could relate to her sense of loss. The author gives us an insight into Rylan’s psyche through her writing and so we are deeply involved in Rylan’s thoughts and feelings. As she slowly begins to come to life again, we also catch glimpses of how much she needs to love someone and have someone reciprocate. She has been so closed off for so long too that it resembles the awakening of a soul after years in a coma.

Cole’s character is every romance reader’s hero come true. I loved that he is so committed to his daughter. She is the most important person in his life in addition to his mother and his brothers. He is starving to have a family complete with a wife, but after being burned by his ex-wife, he has also closed his emotions off and refuses to let his feelings for Rylan grow.

This is a wonderful story of struggle for courage and understanding. It teaches us patience and compassion while weaving a passionate love story between our characters. Definitely recommended!


  1. Gloria Herrera says:

    Loved this book.! Absolutely a gem!

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