Wednesday 19 September 2018


The Rodeo Cowboy's Baby
The 79th Cooper Mountain Rodeo #5
By Heidi Rice
 Tule Publishing
Releasing September 18, 2018
 Contemporary Romance


What happens at the rodeo… Doesn’t always stay at the rodeo!

A year after her marriage has crashed and burned–along with her dreams of becoming a mother–Irish newspaper columnist, Evie Donnelly, is not impressed with her editor’s suggestion she head down to Marietta to find some ‘new meat’ for her dating column. With her confidence as a woman at an all-time low, surely the last thing she needs is to risk hooking up with a rodeo cowboy?

Despite a troubled past as a foster kid, calf roping champion Flynn is a man who adores women. Maybe he doesn’t do commitment, but he does do good times and he is only too happy to help when he discovers a smart, funny and beautiful but undeniably fragile woman behind Evie’s tough exterior who is in desperate need of his own personal brand of sexual healing.

But when the rodeo is over, Evie and Flynn can’t forget those three stolen nights together in Marietta–especially when their wild, wonderful ride turns out to have even more unforgettable consequences.

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In The Rodeo Cowboy's Baby (The Copper Mountain Rodeo #5) by Heidi Rice, Evie Donnelly has been struggling to keep her column afloat ever since her marriage soured and she got divorced. But when her boss forces her to go to Marietta and mingle with cowboys at a rodeo to get new material for her column; material that will hopefully have her readers coming back for more, she finds more than she bargained for, even though she and Flynn don't get off to the best of starts. Will Evie be able to win Flynn over or is a second chance at forever after not in the cards for her?

What a wonderful story to end a fantastic series this book was where I was entertained from start to finish because of the main characters that have interesting back stories; engrossing dialogue that had me smiling because how could the hero not take offense to what he hears the heroine say before they're even introduced; and the obstacles these two face together are tough, but I liked how they overcome them, especially since the heroine has some difficult choices to make when it comes to her career and whether she'll fight for her future with the hero, considering how their relationship goes awry and he may never be able to trust her again. 

With the main characters, they're relatable, likeable and I loved how this story really takes off from the moment these two meet. Certainly, the heroine should feel a little embarrassed, but I liked how they could joke about what Evie says, even though the hero is determined to prove her wrong. Will Evie give into the strong chemistry between her and Flynn to discover how wrong she is in her assumptions about farm boys and how different cowboys are to farm boys. Moreover, the heroine was resilient; courageous; sassy at times; and yet I thought she was a little weak when she didn't stand up for herself at the moment where something significant happens that leaves everyone angry at her. How could she not want to fight against what happened when it comes to her career?

While the hero, he's been through a lot and it's understandable why he doesn't do relationships. However, I liked how the heroine had him changing his mind and I liked how determined he was to win her over when the time comes to prove he's ready to be everything she needs. He's also confident, a little cocky, has good friendships with his siblings and the secondary characters and had me smiling because of his teasing banter, especially in the moment he and the heroine meet. Then again, there's a little bit of hostility too because he took offense to her words about farm boys. 

Overall, Ms. Rice has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance was delightful and had me loving these two together; and the ending had me loving the hero's determination to prove to the heroine that they should be together, especially after what she tells him. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as these two are so good together and I liked how determined the hero was to show the heroine he wants her forever. I would recommend The Rodeo Cowboy's Baby by Heidi Rice, if you enjoy the surprise pregnancy trope, the enemy to lovers trope or books by authors Sinclair Jayne, Joan Kilby, Jeannie Watt and Sarah Mayberry. 

Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling and RITA-nominated author Heidi Rice is married with two sons (which gives her rather too much of an insight into the male psyche). She also works as a film journalist and was born in Notting Hill in West London (before it became as chi-chi as it is in the film starring Hugh Grant). She now lives in Islington in North London – a stone’s throw away from where they shot Four Weddings and a Funeral… (She has asked Hugh to stop stalking her, but will he listen?!)

She loves her job because it involves sitting down at her computer each day and getting swept up in a world of high emotions, sensual excitement, funny feisty women, sexy tortured men and glamorous locations where laundry doesn’t exist … Not bad, eh.

Then she gets to turn off her computer and do chores (usually involving laundry).

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