My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.
Bet On A Cowboy is a nice love story that puts a cowboy out of his comfort zone. Typically a cowboy will end up falling in love on his ranch, to a woman that is somehow involved with ranches or horses herself. But that’s not the case in this book, as he is knee deep in a reality TV show in Vegas at the time.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. Griffin McAlister was a one time bull rider on the rodeo circuit who had to put his dreams on hold due to injury and now works on his families ranch. He’s a hard worker, knows how to charm a lady and has great looks. Desperate to make money to help pay for his mothers cancer treatments he agrees, though somewhat hesitantly, to be a part of a bachelor TV show called Finding Mrs. Right. Maggie Sullivan is the shows director, she’s a bit of a plain Jane, and doesn’t take no for an answer. I find it incredibly refreshing to find a main female character in a romance novel who isn’t drop dead gorgeous, perfect curves, lovely hair. Maggie is smart, does her job well and while she does have a decently curved body she hides it under baggy clothing, though I’m not sure I can see a director of a reality TV show running around dressed like that.
The humor along the way is a great addition along with the banter between Maggie and Griffin at certain points. He’s used to flashing women a smile and having them fall at his feet, but Maggie isn’t so easily swayed and challenges Griffin at nearly every turn. And it’s this challenging side of her that appeals to him. Nice to see a guy fall in love with a normal looking woman while being surrounded by gorgeous women all grabbing for his attention and his pants.
Though their relationship is a bit slow to grow, for obvious reasons – he’s on a reality show trying to find a wife in order to get money for his mothers cancer treatment and she is the show director – when it did finally get to the point where they knew they were falling for each others it got better. When they suddenly make the move from friends to lovers it seemed a bit weird, obviously they each have feelings for the other though they have no admitted it yet, though more annoying to me is how Griffin almost instantly assumes she will end up pregnant. Sure it can happen, but that’s his first thought and the first thing he says to her.
Throughout the story there is the strong presence of family and it’s importance. Griffin is doing this to help his mother and ease the financial burden of her cancer treatments, Maggie wants to be able to pay for IVF treatment since she wants to be a mother and Griffin’s family also makes an appearance at the beginning and more so at the end of the book when the show is set to film at the family ranch.
I have to say I really enjoyed the ending of the book, even if it felt a bit rushed, as Maggie and Griffin put everything on the line for love. It’s not entirely what I had expected to happen but was happy with it. I would certainly recommend this book to those who enjoy western romances and will look for more books written by Julie Benson in the future.
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