Saturday, September 24, 2016
Her Cowboy Groom by Trish Milburn
When Linnea Holland's plans for her dream wedding collapse, she flees to the safest place she knows: Blue Falls, Texas. At her best friend's family ranch, nobody asks for details. The Brody boys just welcome her with open arms and a whole lot of brotherly love.
Trouble is, the feelings between Linnea and Owen Brody are a little warmer than that. They practically grew up together, but she has suddenly noticed that Owen has grown into one hot cowboy. And his protective instincts kick in when he sees how much Linnea is hurting. He's the perfect antidote to her lying ex-fiancé. But can their feelings be love -- or is Owen simply a guy she can rely on for the rebound?
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).
Typically I'm not a big fan of Harlequin novels. Granted, I've only read two Harlequin novels in my life. They were Harlequin Blazes, and I read them when I was a teenager, which was quite a long time ago. I remember I want impressed with them. Cowboy novels aren't usually my favorite genre either. However, I wanted to read Her Cowboy Groom because I loved Trish Milburn's Coven series. I'm glad I took a chance on this book. Not only did it change the way I think about Harlequin novels, it also changed my feelings towards cowboy novels too. I absorbed every word of Her Cowboy Groom within a few hours, and wanted more when it was over.
I honestly don't even know where to start with how much I loved Her Cowboy Groom. As I previously stated, typically I hate cowboy novels. It's almost to the point where I will refuse to read them. This book made me see how cowboy novels in a new light. Trish Milburn has a crisp, wonderful writing style that had me captivated from beginning to end. I loved the interaction between Lin and Owen. I felt like I was right there in the book with them, watching their relationship develop. Trish Milburn made me feel immersed in the world of Blue Falls. It makes me want to read not only the Blue Falls series, but more of the Harlequin Western Romances as well.
The characters that Trish Milburn wrote were fantastic. They felt more like family to me than fictional characters that I was reading about for the first time. I loved Linn and Owen's chemistry. It felt genuine from the beginning. I also loved all of the side characters. I hope to see more of them in the other Blue Falls novels. There was only one thing I didn't like about the book. The final confrontation at the end surprised me, and not in a good way. I thought it was going to be more violent, or physical, and it wasn't. It was kind of a letdown. It just felt very anti-climatic.
Despite the anti-climatic confrontation, I loved Her Cowboy Groom so much. It made me not only look at Harlequin novels in a different light, but cowboy novels too. I will definitely be reading a lot more of both, starting with the rest of the Blue Falls series. I an looking forward to devouring anything that Trish Milburn writes in the future. I also plan on reading the rest of the Harlequin Western Romances collection. Trish Milburn has restored my faith that good romance novels are out there. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance story. Even though it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.
I give Her Cowboy Groom: 4/5.
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I received this ebook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.