Wednesday 18 April 2018


The Courage of a Cowboy
Elk Heights Ranch #2
By Kristin Vayden
 Kensington Press/Penguin Random House Publishers
Western Romance
Releasing Date April 17, 2018

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Nothing like a wedding to get a girl dreaming of happily-ever-after . . .

Kessed Ling’s best friend’s big day is finally here. It’s especially exciting because it’s Kessed’s chance to show her childhood crush she’s not just a young bridesmaid, she’s a full-grown woman—with red hot desires. But when her long-awaited prey barely blinks an eye at her, Kessed retreats right back into her deeply guarded heart. Doesn’t matter that chivalrous Jasper Matthews steps in and offers a shoulder to lean on. Kessed is no longer in the market for a man, despite how unsettled the strong, silent groomsman makes her feel . . .

As a veterinarian, Jasper better understands a skittish filly than he does willful Kessed Ling. But when fate finds him playing ranch hand alongside the raven-haired beauty, Jasper realizes she’s a woman running scared—and he’s just the man to tame her. So with soothing words and bold kisses, Jasper sets out to show Kessed how good it can be between a man and a woman.  Especially when the man is falling hard and fast in love . . .
“Obsessed. That’s how I felt while reading this book, like every page was better than the previous. Just try to put this down, I dare you.” -- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken on Heart of a Cowboy

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In The Courage of a Cowboy (Elk Height Ranch #2) by Kristin Vayden, Kessed Ling has been in love with her best friend's brother for years, but he's never seen her as anything more than an annoying little sister. So,  maybe it's time to give up the fantasy that Sterling will ever come around and see her as more. When she's forced to work alongside Jasper Matthews to care for a friend's ranch while they're away, she realizes there's more to him than what she thought when she first met him. Will Jasper and Kessed give each other a chance or will they walk away from their chance of happy ever after?

Having absolutely loved the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read more of Ms. Vayden's books and I've got to say that this story was every bit as enthralling as Heart of a Cowboy. Everything about it -- the sexy hero, the sarcastic heroine, the dialogue that was a wonderful combination of intense moments and playful banter, and the fast-paced plot -- drew me in from the beginning and kept me entertained to the end. Really, I could not put it down, especially with the way this story started. Will the heroine find what she's looking for or will her best friend turn into a bridezilla? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story really gets interesting, as Jasper and Kessed have some serious chemistry, and yet, the heroine can't seem to get past her unrequited feelings for her best friend's brother. 

With the main characters, I loved their back stories and their journey to happy ever after that included whether the heroine can finally move on with a new guy and whether the hero can trust the heroine when something big happens that could put a bump in their relationship. Moreover, the heroine is sassy, sarcastic at times, fun, resilient, has a great friendship with her best friend and I liked that she gave the hero a chance because she deserves a chance at happiness. However, I couldn't help but sympathize with her when it came to her job because things weren't going the way she hoped. While the hero, he's confident, a good brother and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over. Certainly, he didn't push her. He just got to know her and be a friend until she was ready to give him a chance. I also liked the tight bond the hero shared with his sister and that he would do anything to help her. She's been through a tough time lately and goes through something in this story that had me ready to cry for the heroine's loss.

Overall, Ms. Vayden has delivered another fantastic read for this series where the romance was delightful and the ending had me loving how determined the heroine was to fight for her future with the hero, especially after what happens that could cause their relationship to go awry. Will the hero be understanding? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as Jasper and Kessed are so good together. I would recommend The Courage of a Cowboy by Kristin Vayden, if you enjoy stories that encompass a sarcastic heroine or enjoy books by authors Rachel Van Dyken, Vicki Tharp, Soraya Lane and Nicole Helm. 

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Kristin's inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! Life is full—of blessings and adventure! Needless to say she’s a big fan of coffee and wine…and living in Washington she’s within walking distance of both!

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