Tuesday, December 17, 2019

My One and Only Cowboy (Meadow Valley Book 1) by A.J. Pine

Title: My One and Only Cowboy (Meadow Valley Book 1)
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Meadow Valley (Book 1)
Format: Paperback; 656 pages
Publisher: Forever (December 17, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1538749793
ISBN-13: 978-1538749791
Author's Website: http://ajpine.com/
Notes: I received an ARC from the publisher for review purposes. This in no way affected my rating or review.


Sam Callahan is one of the three owners of the Meadow Valley Ranch. He, his brother, and best friend bought the land for the ranch two years ago and are now into their second month of full operation. Things are tight as they are still working on drumming up business and have sunk a ton of money into building the newly established guest ranch.

In the blink of an eye it could all be taken away when a feisty blond bombshell shows up spouting claims of forgery, fraud, and the illegal sale of her property.

Delaney Harper is beside herself with fury. He ex-husband sold the land she planned to use for an animal rescue shelter by forging her name on a quit claim deed. Now she's confronting the new owners and trying to set things straight. Half that land is hers. While she came looking to reclaim her land, she might just get more than she bargained for...

"I've been thinking about kissing you for two days now, and I don't know if I'm going to be able to stop thinking about kissing you until I know what I missed out on because of that damned storm."

She stared at him, and he watched her chest rise and fall with each breath she took. It was a risk just to say the words to admit what he wanted. What would they be risking if they acted on what he guessed they both were feeling?

She fidgeted with the material of her dress.

"I still want my half of the land," she said. 

He nodded, "I know." 

Could a crazy little thing like love be in her future?
This was the first book in a new series by A.J. Pine which centers around the town of Meadow Valley. It's a small old fashioned town where everyone knows everyone else and can't seem to help poking their noses into everyone else's business. It's a place perfect for fresh starts and the place both Delaney Harper and Sam Callahan chose to start their businesses. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending how you see it), they both chose the same piece of land.

Neither Delaney nor Sam is looking for a relationship. Both have issues which they need to come to terms with before they could have a chance at a successful relationship. Plus, the matter of who truly owns the land Meadow Valley Ranch still sits between them. As they get to know each other, however, they realize they have more than they thought in common. The spark of attraction they've both felt from their first meeting will slowly ignite into something neither can deny, but they'll do their darnedest to do just that.

Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses.This was a sweet and lighthearted romance that tackled a heavy topic. Sam's father suffers from dementia and he doesn't believe love is in the cards for him. Sam has closed himself off from serious relationships for years not knowing if his future will mimic that of his dad. When Delaney first confronts Sam claiming half the land is hers, he's convinced someone's playing a joke on him. A bad one. Soon, however, it becomes clear his entire business could be in jeopardy, but there's something about Delaney Harper, despite the threat she poses, that draws him to her. Slowly, she tears down the careful constructed walls he's erected around himself, and makes him realize he can have it all if he just lets himself. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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