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New Release Review: CAN’T RESIST A COWBOY by Elizabeth Otto (Paint River Ranch #3)

Can anyone resist a cowboy? 😉


Can’t Resist a Cowboy
by Elizabeth Otto


Injured and discharged, Marine Levi Haywood has returned to his family’s ranch in order to heal and start a new life. After all, once a cowboy, always a cowboy. The only problem? Life at the ranch has moved on since he joined the service, and suddenly his role is much less clear. And things get a lot more confusing when his childhood sweetheart shows up.

Carrie Lynn Waite has never known a time when she didn’t love Levi. They were childhood sweethearts, but because of her illness, she was forced to move to the city, away from the ranching life. Now Carrie’s come home only to learn her family’s ranch is in trouble and Levi is back, along with an undeniable attraction she can’t resist. But some things never change. Now Carrie must decide between her future…and the cowboy she could never resist.



Can’t Resist a Cowboy was…okay. It should have been a win-win. I love second chance romances, and heck, I really can’t resist a cowboy, especially one who’s been in the military. While I really liked Levi (see previously mentioned reasons, plus, he’s just plain awesome), I had a hard time connecting with Carrie. She was just so…passive. It seemed as if her whole life she’d been at the whims of others–her dad especially–and practically controlled by her disease–diabetes–and she never really took control of her own life for herself. Not even in the course of the book, not significantly, anyway–which was aggravating.

It also frustrated me that no one–especially Carrie, but heck, why hadn’t her dad figured this out either?–came up with the solution to her problem that Levi did at the end. I mean, yay that he did and it’s an awesome fix, but why the heck didn’t anyone learn about this possibility before? It seems to make way more sense than the one they went with for six years: packing her up to live in a big city in another state with her aunts. She loved the ranch and her father, he loved her–why did they not look for ways to make it work back then without sending her away?

So…this was a definite case of I liked it, but. It was not as good as book 2 (One Night with a Cowboy), but I did enjoy seeing Tucker and Sophie again, and reading about Rylan and Cole has me moving their book, Tempting the Cowboy, further up the TBR list. This one was not my favorite in the series, though it did have some cute moments and the ending was satisfying.

Rating: 3 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Pft… women who don’t stand up and take charge of their lives? Meh. Can do without this one. Thanks for the warning! 😉

  2. I really wanted to like it–but she just didn’t do it for me!

    No problem–I’m here for you 🙂

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