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That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 26, 2022
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Dillon Young is proud that she inherited her aunt’s ranch. The problem: someone is trying to run her off and is willing to do whatever it takes. Strange, dangerous things keep happening. Dillion suspects her no-good neighbor and fellow wealthy rancher Hank Stephens. Never a man to get his hands dirty, he sends others to get the job done. So, when the irresistible Cal Bennett is found passed out drunk on her property, Dillion is on high alert. Until someone takes a shot at her and Cal springs to her rescue. When the hard-bodied, no-nonsense-talking cowboy points out that she may need some help, Dillion is inclined to reluctantly agree.
Or a lover?
Waking up on a stranger’s property with a shotgun in his face is not Cal Bennett’s idea of a good time. Never mind that the woman on the other end of the barrel is one of the most fiercely beautiful women he has ever seen. Things get more interesting when he finds himself shielding her from flying bullets. It’s clear that this smart, savvy woman could use a hand and he is all too happy to lend any part of his body she requires. His proposal: pose as lovers until they find out who is after her ranch. As the danger rises and secrets are revealed, the passion explodes between them. There is no turning back
Combining thrilling suspense with a sultry Cowboy Romance, Donna Grant grabs my attention once again in her latest standalone release.
Dillon Young has inherited her aunt’s ranch and decides to stay and make a go of it raising the cattle and breeding Quarter Horses, but her ranch is holding on by a thread and so is she after all the mishaps. Someone wants her to sell out and leave and Dillon knows just who it is. She just needs to find a non-corrupt lawman and prove it.
Meanwhile, is the booze-soaked hungover cowboy she finds the night her prize Quarter Horse stud disappeared part of it or a big coincidental lifesaver? Cal has made his way into her trust and her heart as he helps her on the ranch, supports her, and keeps her out of the path of bullets, but weird happenings have her doubting everyone including him.
Cal didn’t make the bull-riding finals for rodeo and he’s flat broke, but going on a bender landed him in just the right place to help attractive, admirable Dillon with her troubles. If only she would trust him. Not that he blames her since he has connections to the big rancher next door trying to get her ranch. He aims to find out what is going on even if old ties and loyalties are stretched and broken.
I enjoy Donna Grant’s brand of romantic suspense and don’t mind that a lot of the book leans toward the suspense side in many ways. Dillon and Cal were wonderful characters who have their struggles and, in her case, struggles to accept the romance between them because of the circumstances. I enjoyed the mystery even though the reader is well aware of who the villains are and what they are doing from their own point of view. There are still some surprises and twists. Even Cal is a potential suspect which was a fun part to me. There are some sharp action moments that help build the story to a rush of a climax scene. The romance heats up in the background and takes the foreground now and then, but never feels neglected because these two talk about that aspect of their lives that builds relationships even while she still wonders if he’s part of the trouble.
All in all, this kept me fully focused and flipping pages rapidly through to the end. Definitely one I’d recommend to those who love cowboy romances, but also romantic suspense.
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