Cowboy Take Me Away – Kathleen Eagle

“Her camera didn’t lie.When photographer Skyler Quinn first fixed her lens on gorgeous cowboy Trace Wolf Track, she liked what she saw but didn’t give it much thought. Until everywhere she went—the rodeo, the Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary— there he was, and the heat between them built to the boiling point.
As a widow struggling with debts and loyalties from a former life, Skyler needed to stay focused, especially if she wanted to achieve her dream of becoming a mother. Was Trace a fatal distraction, a mere summer fling? Or did this younger man—so deep, so passionate—hold the key to a future that would make all her dreams come true?” 

NetGalley Blurb

Cowboy, Take Me Away (Harlequin Special Edition)
First off that cover is a photoshopped nightmare. I hate when they do that. That guy was probably walking, nowhere near a horse, by looks of it. But that is generally not within the control of the author, so I digress.

This is my first Kathleen Eagle book and I very much enjoyed it. This was a nice easy read, though the banter, at times, was hard to follow and I had to go back and reread passages to figure out who was talking when since all the he said she said was missing. I don’t mind that left out unless it gets in the way of the story and, for me, it did.

The only other thing that bugged me, like, eye roll bugged were the characters names. They were just too cliché for me. She already had us in a mindset of a country song with the title so a popular country music singer’s name stuck out for the hero, and her name, well, whatever.

The story started off quickly, settled into its pace and kept going easily. It was a quick and painless read, a nice easy story except for the bit of tension over a lie which I would have considered unforgivable, but the characters didn’t. I thought it was actually honorable how it wasn’t treated like something completely blown out of the water between them in the story line, but rather a stumble they took care of in their paces. It was believable, even though I, personally, would not have handled it that way.

The technical aspects of the story were believable, as a photographer there were certain words that irked me, but I’m a professional and this woman was, at best, an amateur with no training looking to up her hobby game, so the terms were acceptable.

SORT OF SPOILER BELOW:

I did not like that at the end he seemed to be the only one giving everything up for her. But I don’t like people who give up anything. I like them to find a way to come together without one of them giving up. Maybe in the end, after the final scene he doesn’t end up giving in, but at the point we read the end, he does.

Overall I enjoyed the book. I would not read it again, but I never wanted to throw it across the room, it held my attention later into the night than I should have let it, I only rolled my eyes twice (once for each name) and there was minimal WTFckry with the deception.

A good story.

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley for review.

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