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Cowboy in Training
Part-Time Cowboys #1
By Marie Johnston
Releasing October 29th, 2018
Deputy Farah James arrests bad boys, she doesn’t date them. So when an ex-con with a fiery past returns to town, she ignores the criminal things he does to her pulse. Behind bars, Jesse Rodriguez and his wicked looks were easy to dismiss, but as a free man with a life to reclaim, he’s never been more dangerous to her—or her job and the ranch that depends on her paycheck.
When stopping to help a stranded motorist puts Jesse on the radar of the local deputy, for once, he doesn’t complain. After all, Farah’s just as cute as he remembers. Too bad she’s also an icy professional who doubts he’s a changed man. He’s willing to give her up as a lost cause and make his way out of town…until an accident strands him at the ranch next door.
Crossing paths on duty is one thing, but seeing how good Jesse is with his hands threatens everything she’s ever worked for. But Farah’s not the only one taking a risk, and he won’t torch his future again, even if it means leaving her in his rearview mirror for good.
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In Rancher in Training (Part-Time Cowboys #1) by Marie Johnston, Jesse Rodriguez is doing his best to move on from his past, but it isn't as easy as he thought. Especially when people still see him as a criminal, even though he was released from jail a few years ago. However, he catches a break when someone offers him a place to stay and a job. Still, he's living next door to a cop who also happens to be part of his past. Will Farah be willing to risk her career to be with Jesse or will they end up breaking each other's hearts?
This story was such an interesting, fast-paced, wonderful read that had me hooked from the very beginning because the hero is doing his best to move on from his past and it's good that someone is willing to give him a chance. It's something he needs in order to make sure he stays out of trouble because he doesn't want anything to hurt his chances of rebuilding his life and making sure he stays on the straight and narrow. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time where this story really takes off, as it's hard not to like Farah, even though it seems Farah isn't going to make things easy for Jesse. He's served his time. Doesn't he deserve a second chance? Yet, I liked how when these two first met that it shows how strong their chemistry is.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and everything these two go through that left me wondering whether they'd get their happy ever after, especially once certain things happen that made me think the heroine worried too much about her reputation and not her chance at happiness. Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous, hard-working and I liked how the decisions she makes throughout this story show the hero there's a way they can make a relationship between them work. While the hero, he really surprised me because he's so determined to make sure that what happened in the past never happens again. I also liked how determined he was to prove that he's changed, especially when things begin to happen that make him look like the guilty party. Will he be able to prove he's changed to those that think he's still a criminal? Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was his determination to fight for his relationship with the heroine. No way will he be her dirty little secret.
Overall, Ms. Johnston has delivered a really good read where the chemistry between this couple was tangible and from the moment they come face-to-face; the romance was wonderful and had me loving that the heroine took a chance on the hero because he's changed; and the ending left me completely satisfied because of what the heroine does to show the hero how much she wants him in her life. I would recommend Rancher in Training by Marie Johnston, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the opposites attract trope or books by authors Vivian Arend, Sophie Jordan, Elle James and Lorelei James.
Marie Johnston is an award-winning writer of paranormal and contemporary romance, and a RITA® Finalist. Marie decided to pursue her passion for writing and traded in her lab coat for a laptop to write her first book ever, Fever Claim. She lives in the upper Midwest with her husband, four kids, and two kittens. Other than hanging out with her family, Marie enjoys reading, movie dates with her hubby, getting outside on sunny days, and the all too rare - girls' night out.