The Cowboy Next Door by Roxanne Snopek

The Cowboy Next Door by Roxanne Snopek
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (105 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Love’s worth more than being right

When single mother Leda Plett – who’s doing just fine on her own, thank you very much – goes next door to retrieve her wandering pooch, she doesn’t expect to find the neighbor’s handsome brother lounging about like he owns the place. She certainly doesn’t expect him to go after the deadbeat who abandoned her. She’s not looking for a know-it-all white knight with long, lean muscles and a sexy smile. He’s hot, but she’s already been burned.

Rodeo-star turned agent Eric Anders is used to managing people, especially irresponsible males, and he can’t stand it that some jerk has left Leda high and dry. Clearly, the boots-and-sundress wearing mouthy mama needs someone on her side. He could change her life, if only she would let him! And it has nothing to do with the fact that her sparkly exterior hides a spirit that is as sweet as it is strong – and irresistible.

In fact, Leda is more mature than her years. She feels the weight of her mistakes, and wants only to make sure her daughter doesn’t suffer for them. Eric’s hot gaze makes her weak in the knees but Leda’s track record with men is as bad as it is short. Can she trust the cowboy next door?

When Eric’s well-intentioned actions inadvertently reveal a shameful secret from Leda’s past, he realizes she never needed him at all. As he watches her rise above the humiliation, he knows he must find a way to make it up to her, or risk losing the one girl he now can’t live without.

Cowboy to the rescue!

Eric is a man who has always dealt with people needing him to patch up and repair problems. However, while getting to know Leda, he learns a harsh lesson.

Leda came up from the wrong side of the law. With the birth of her daughter she finds a reason to fight and find a better life for them both. When she meets the hot cowboy there is an array of emotions going through her. One of them is apprehension. Should she take a chance on finding her happily-ever-after again?

From the first page I saw the spark between Eric and Leda. The passion and chemistry were sweet and passionate. Eric instantly feels protective towards her and her child. That leads to a several situations where I was able to witness the hurt and pain that both of them have been carrying, though Leda’s is more recent compared to Eric’s.

The only detail that felt off about this short story was that the character details need a little bit more polishing. That being said, the plot is quite simple but effective combined with writing skills of Ms. Snopek.

This is a sweet story with a mouthy mama and an arrogant cowboy. He wants to be her white knight but this damsel is pretty self-sufficient. Readers who enjoy their heroines with some spunk and their cowboys with heart should give this one a try.

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