by Donna Grant
Series: Heart of Texas #2
Published on August 28, 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant takes you deep inside the Texas rodeo scene, where danger and desire ride side by side. . .
Naomi Pierce isn't the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It's not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can't help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol'-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it's one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye...
Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can't help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him fromthe stands. It doesn't take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close--and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn't be any kind ofcowboy if he didn't offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger--without risking his heart?
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What is it with cowboys and getting into some serious military-training level trouble? Cowboy, Cross My Heart is the second in the Heart of Texas series, set 12 years after The Christmas Cowboy Hero and zeroing in on one of Abby’s younger brothers, Brice.
I wasn’t really sure what to think of this book after reading. It deals a lot with some not-so-pleasant topics including rape and sexual assault of women, murder, and general violence in the midst of the rodeo scene. The leading lady, Naomi, finds herself a target of some of the less savory individuals of the community and Brice comes to her rescue.
The romance that followed felt a bit insta-lovey for my tastes, but I appreciated the fact that they were given some time to develop a relationship despite being under attack at what seems like every turn. I liked the natural chemistry between Naomi and Brice despite wishing they had a longer time to fall into their relationship before declaring “I love you’s” and making big life decisions. It came off rushed and while I liked the book overall, it was a bit of a weak point for me.
And much like the first book, Cowboy, Cross My Heart brings in a strong family theme throughout, and the importance of standing by each other and fighting for what’s right. I really liked that this was embedded through the entire book rather than at random. I also really liked seeing Brice emotional when it came to his mother abandoning him, rather than brushing it all off. It gave him an added dimension that I really liked.
Despite the insta-love, I did enjoy Cowboy, Cross My Heart and will certainly be picking up the next in the series. The characters weren’t particularly memorable but I liked both well enough and, overall, the book worked. I think this is a decent enough series and good for fans of cowboy romances.