Title: Wishing for A Cowboy
Author: Victoria James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, she’s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. She’d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy she’d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.
Aiden Rivers can’t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janie’s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didn’t even know she had a sister—clearly they’d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.
Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide what’s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each other…which could mean splitting them apart.
Wishing for a Cowboy is a sweet, slow burn romance between an aunt who’s acted as a parent and a father who never knew that he was. Their romance is messy, since they have to navigate a possible relationship with each other, while still managing to put fifteen-year-old Will first. And that’s before you throw Will’s actual mother into the mix…
Aiden, Janie, and Will are all very likeable characters, ones that you’ll be anxiously checking for glimpses of in future series books (and you’ll probably be in luck, because Ms James writes friend groups very well :)) They’ve all had a lifetime of problems thrown at them, but have managed to come out on top. Not without scars, of course (one of Aiden’s is literal) but as the story goes on, they slowly help each other to work through them as they inch their way to a much deserved HEA.
Though this is the third book in Ms James’s Wishing River series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Aiden is enough of a loner that his story isn’t completely intertwined with the two that came before (though dare I say he might have a little insight into Hope and Dean’s future story?) and since Janie is new to the area, she gets a brief intro to prior relationships when Lanie and Sarah fold her into their friend group. A warning, though–you’ll probably get *just* enough that you’ll want to know their stories too…just sayin’ 😉
Rating: 4 stars / B+
About the author:
Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.
Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.
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