Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Western Romance
Publication: February 26th 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant rounds up the hottest cowboys in Texas in her latest novel of no-holds-barred passion.
Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses—even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? If only the man who makes her heart race faster than a wild mustang would let his guard down, that is. . .
Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey—or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?
“A fantastic, first-class Lone Star romance.”
—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) on The Christmas Cowboy Hero
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My first book from Donna Grant didn’t go well with me but I’m glad I gave her a second chance with this book. My Favorite Cowboy is the third book in the Heart of Texas series but can be read as a standalone.
The story follows an equine veterinarian Audrey Martinez. She’s hardworking, independent and passionate. You’ll love her dedication in providing holistic care to horses. However, something strange happened in her family friend’s ranch. The horses became ill and some of them dying. It’s puzzling because she cannot trace its cause. She suspects they’re poisoned and there’s a foul play which is beyond her control.
The ranch owner seeks out more help with Caleb Harper. Caleb along with his brother Brice , brother-in-law Clayton and his former military friends, Cooper and Jace secured the area until they figure out who are the culprits. While everyone looks after the horses, Caleb is attracted to Audrey. Both of our protagonists aren’t into relationships. Audrey is career driven and focus herself on work and Caleb dated a lot but nothing serious enough for him to settle down.
For me, Donna Grant redeems herself. I love the little suspense which kept me interested. Caleb and Audrey shared the love for horses and had a great teamwork solving the case. Their bonding builds up the romance and I really like the chemistry between them. Abandonment issues strained their relationship and eventually worked it towards the end.
I enjoyed it. The only thing I dislike is the closure for their respective parents. It could have done earlier. I just find it too late and rushed. I hope Maddy (Audrey’s sister), Jace and Cooper get their own books.