OF COURSE one night could never be enough–you didn’t need to blurb to tell you that, right? 😉
One Night With a Cowboy
A Paint River Ranch Novel (#2)
By Elizabeth Otto
Blurb: One night is never enough…
Jobless, broke, and struggling to support herself and her invalid mother, paramedic Sophie Miller doesn’t have time or energy for a relationship. Especially with her mother’s clock ticking down. So when the sexy cowboy she meets at a carnival proposes a no-strings, one-night stand, she’s all over it. Until her one-night stand shows up again and turns out to be everything she’s ever wanted.
Tucker Haywood has his hands full running Paint River Ranch and trying to deal with all the changes pulling the rug out from under him. His past has taught him it’s better to keep women at arm’s length, for their sake. Stubborn and temperamental, Tucker doesn’t have a clue how to deal with a city girl who’s scared of squirrels and dirt.
So when Sophie gets under his skin, he has to do whatever it takes to push her away. Even if it means losing the part of himself he never thought he’d find.
Wow; this one was so much more than I expected! Even though it grabbed me right from the beginning–the very first evening Sophie and Tucker meet, they engage in a literal roll in the hay, which just tickled me–both characters were so emotionally closed off that even though their “one night” kept magically repeating itself I wasn’t sure that Elizabeth Otto could pull this one off.
I was so glad to be proven wrong.
If the beginning had me doubting, the final third was just amazing–the sheer emotional impact was fantastic. In the midst of great personal stress and tragedy, both Sophie and Tucker manage to pull themselves together to make some pretty significant gestures. Unfortunately for Soph, hers isn’t initially received as it should be (bullheaded man!) but Tucker pulled his head out of his butt eventually and showed her effort the appreciation it deserves.
And then…happy sigh…a definite feel-good ending.
(I did not realize, however, that Ms. Otto had such a sadistic streak. The teaser for Levi, the third brother’s novel? Just cruel. She’d better make up for it by giving us adequate cuteness between Tucker and Sophie in book three. With some Rylan, Cole, and Birdie adorableness thrown in for good measure.)
In the mean time, I may never again look at a covered bridge in quite the same way.
Or squirrels. 😉
Rating: B+ / 4 stars
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Elizabeth Otto grew up in a Wisconsin town the size of a postage stamp, where riding your horse to the grocery store, and skinny dipping after school were perfectly acceptable. No surprise that she writes about small communities and country boys. She’s the author of paranormal romance, and hot, emotional, contemporary romance, and has no guilt over frequently making her readers cry. When not writing, she works full-time as an Emergency Medical Technician for a rural ambulance service. Elizabeth lives with her very own country boy and their three children in, shockingly, a small Midwestern town.
Elizabeth Otto will be doing giveaways from her Facebook page throughout the month of May.