by Donna Grant
Series: Heart of Texas #3
Published on February 26, 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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?
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It’s finally time for Caleb Harper to find his happy ending in My Favorite Cowboy, book 3 in the Heart of Texas series. I’ve been following these books since the first book, The Christmas Cowboy Hero, and after the second book (Cowboy, Cross My Heart) I was excited that Caleb would get a book. Of all the Harpers, he had the strongest emotional response to their mother abandoning them and needs help working through that pain.
While this book had a great plot, with plenty of tension throughout, I felt the romance wasn’t what it could have been. I liked Caleb’s character but his entire being hinged on his abandonment issues. It was like that one event defined his personality and actions moving forward and while I wouldn’t expect it to NOT affect him, I had hoped for a bit more than that. And I liked Audrey’s character a lot on her own. She’s not perfect when it comes to interacting with people but is passionate about her job and caring for horses, willing to go the extra mile for them. As an animal lover, and someone who has horses, I connected with that a lot.
But their romance was so insta-lusty turned insta-love. I don’t mind insta-lust! That’s natural chemistry for you. And it would have worked if these two weren’t all sexual tension heavy then no communication for a while, then back at it again. I never felt like their relationship actually developed. It wasn’t there, then suddenly it was. Neither was willing to push for more until the very end then suddenly it’s all sunshine and rainbows.
On the bright side, the story was captivating and kept me reading even if the romance wasn’t super great. I’ll be continuing this series (I thought it would end with all the Harpers but there’s a 4th book planned!) and am curious to see which character it centers. I like this author well enough and while her books aren’t always a win for me, I usually enjoy them overall.