by Linda Lael Miller
Series: The Carsons of Mustang Creek #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Harlequin
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He's the middle of the three Carson brothers and is as stubborn as they come—and he won't thank a beautiful stranger for getting in his way!
Drake Carson is the quintessential cowboy. In charge of the family ranch, he knows the realities of this life, its pleasures and heartbreaks. Lately, managing the wild stallions on his property is wearing him down. When an interfering so-called expert arrives and starts offering her opinion, Drake is wary, but he can't deny the longing—and the challenge—she stirs in him.
Luce Hale is researching how wild horses interact with ranch animals—and with ranchers. The Carson matriarch invites her to stay with the family, which guarantees frequent encounters with Drake, her ruggedly handsome and decidedly unwelcoming son. Luce and Drake are at odds from the very beginning, especially when it comes to the rogue stallion who's stealing the ranch mares. But when Drake believes Luce is in danger, that changes everything—for both of them.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is my first time reading a book by this author and unfortunately, it wasn’t a success. Drake is a stubborn man who’s very old fashioned and loves to work at the ranch. He has his routines and doesn’t like when people interrupt that. Luce arrives wanting to learn about the wild animals and learning about Drake as a rancher for her thesis.
Honestly, this had it all for me to like and I was enjoying the banter between Drake and Luce. What led me to stop enjoying the story was the very quick romance that blossomed. It was only 2 weeks of “knowing” each other that Drake started falling for Luce. Keep in mind that part of those two weeks, the couple had avoided each other. I couldn’t believe the romance because most of the time, they would argue instead of getting to know each other. It basically went like this: first meeting, arguments, avoidance, falling in love. This happened in the first 88 pages. The rest of the story kept going worse with the fast romance.
In addition to that, the story was boring and a few things were left unresolved, which irked me. What got me to somewhat like this story were the side characters, such as Drake’s brothers and all their brotherly banter, Drake’s mother, his friends, and Luce’s sister. I was far more interested in their lives than Drake’s and Luce’s.
Overall, Always a Cowboy didn’t hold my interest. There wasn’t depth to the main characters and their romance was way too fast-paced.
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