The Cowboy's Last Rodeo
The 79th Cooper Mountain Rodeo #4
By Jeannie Watt
Releasing September 11, 2018
Releasing September 11, 2018
Shane Marvell‘s career as a rodeo rider is ending far too soon. He doesn’t have a plan B, so during his last season, he’s all in, determined to win as much prize money as possible–even if it means riding injured and taking more risks than he should.
Ella Etxeberri has always played it safe, so when her life still takes a bad turn despite her caution, she wonders if if isn’t time to see what she’s been missing. While researching risk behaviors in rodeo riders, she meets Shane Marvell, a cowboy who merits additional study of the personal variety.
Just as Ella is hitting the point to embrace risk, Shane is pulling back. He knows Ella’s all-in approach is born of curiosity and whim. He’s not what she wants forever, and perhaps Ella is one risk he can’t allow himself to take.
In The Cowboy's Last Rodeo (The Copper Mountain Rodeo #4) by Jeannie Watt, Ella Exteberri is interviewing bull riders on the rodeo circuit to understand why they take the risks they do in hopes of making it her latest research project. However, there's one man she wants an up close and personal study of and that man is Shane Marvell. Yet, the more time she and Shane spend together, the more Shane believes he's not good enough for Ella because he has nothing to offer her. Will Ella be able to convince Shane that she loves him just the way he is or will Ella end up with a broken heart?
This series is really enjoyable and I've got to say that this fourth book of The Copper Mountain Rodeo series was an absolutely engaging, fast-paced, wonderful read where the main characters had interesting back stories and an exciting journey to happy ever after and the dialogue was entertaining and had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether Shane would realize how much Ella means to him before it's too late. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story really takes off, as there's so much chemistry between Shane and Ella.
With the main characters, they're relatable, likeable and I really enjoyed their back stories, as Ella has always been the sensible one of the family. Yet, this time she's looking to let loose and finally have a bit of a social life while still working towards her goals for the future. Will she be able to make her family understand why she's on this journey and that she's not crazy? Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked how determined she is to show Shane that she wants him as he is. While the hero, he doesn't believe he has much to offer a woman, which all leads back to his ex and the reasons she left him for a more accomplished man. Yet, in saying that, I liked how he's managed to get on with his life and worked hard to make money on the circuit in order to have more to offer the woman he finally makes his. Really, he's resilient, courageous, stubborn when it comes to pushing the limits of his sport and I liked his determination to be the top of his sport.
Overall, Ms. Watt has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between Shane and Ella was strong; the romance had me smiling because Shane needs someone that will love him unconditionally like Ella does; and the ending had me loving that the heroine doesn't give up on the hero and had me loving the hero's determination to make things right with Ella after their relationship goes awry. Yet, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely because of Shane's surprise for the heroine and how he's ready to finally move on to a new chapter of his life. I would recommend The Cowboy's Last Rodeo by Jeannie Watt, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope, stories encompassing cowboys or books by authors Heidi Rice, Sinclair Jayne, Sarah Mayberry and Joan Kilby.
They stopped at the door of his trailer, then Shane took the big leap and said, “Do you want to come inside?”
He saw Ella’s throat move as she swallowed. “Yes. I would.”
He stepped back to allow her to enter first, then followed her in, grimacing as his knee did its best not to cooperate. He set his rigging and his chaps on top of his gear bag next to the small kitchenette unit, then reached behind him for the door handle.
“I…um…” Ella smiled nervously. “What’s the deal with your shoulder?”
Not what Shane had been expecting. “Partial tear of the labrum.”
“Do you tape yourself?”
“When I have to. It’s awkward, but the sports guys aren’t at some of the smaller rodeo.” Shane’s heart beat a little faster as he said, “Want to see?”
Ella sat down on the bench she’d slept on less than a week ago. “Yes.”
Shane shrugged out of his protective vest, tossed it on top of the rest of his gear and unsnapped his shirt. Ella swallowed again, making him wonder if she’d spent much time with guys in intimate situations.
Or if it was a matter of her being nervous around him.
“More than one. I don’t want to hyperextend.”
She ran an exploratory hand over the thick layers of white athletic tape covering the area from his bicep to the middle of his forearm. Then she made the mistake of glancing up. Their gazes locked and it was suddenly very clear to him what needed to be done. Ella was of the same mind. They leaned closer at the same moment, their lips meeting. Her hand tightened on his taped forearm as she welcomed his tongue into her mouth, teased it with her own.
“You can’t imagine how disappointed I am.”
Jeannie Watt is the author of over 20 contemporary romances and the recipient of the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. She lives in a small ranching community—a place where kids really do grow up to be cowboys—with her husband, dog, cat, horses and ponies. When she’s not writing, Jeannie enjoys sewing retro fashions, running, and buying lots and lots of hay.
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