Published by Random House
I gave this book a solid
Accidental Cowgirl - a delightful and easy read, a little outrageous, a tad reminiscent of soap opera and totally unbelievable! The only reason I didn’t award the full daisy chain was because I thought Maggie McGinnis included a crisis or two, too many. In the words of Austen Tayshus “How much can a Koala Bear”?
This book has everything; betrayal, massive injuries, psychological trauma, panic attacks, rogue police officers (with Alzheimer's) , jealous ex-girlfriends, pushy new love interests, mean tricks, lost girls, freak storms, bear scares, bar fights, broken bones and near fatal barn fires. I may have missed something, but I’m sure you get the picture. Poor Kyla Bennet, she’s a disaster magnet, more accident prone than Bella Swan (Aca-Believe It!)
Decker Driscoll hasn’t fared any better in life. His family history is quite heartbreaking. Reading his about his past made me cry, an element of reality that grounded the story. So much suffering portrayed with sincere meaning and beauty.
The relationship between Decker and Kyla grew slowly. Decker needed to contend with many interruptions; other girls trying to stake a claim; guilt, pride and a sense of unworthiness also played a role. Kyla was just plain vulnerable as a result of her ex-fiancés deceit and she found it difficult to trust her own reactions and responses. The rest of the novel, the parts that were light, they were necessary to allow both the readers and the characters room to breathe.
A well crafted emotional journey... superbly done.
I obtained an ARC from the publisher (via Netgalley) with a view to providing an honest review. The thoughts expressed above, are entirely my own. I don’t really like the concept of rating novels as they are subjective and subject to change. A five star book today, may be re-evaluated when compared to future novels.
After being betrayed by her con man ex-fiancé, Kyla Bennett nurses a broken heart. But Kyla’s friends have other ideas and when they whisk her off to Whisper Creek, a dude ranch staffed by cowboys so hot they dim the Montana sunset, all Kyla wants to do is hide under a quilt. Then in rides Decker Driscoll. He’s hauling about as much emotional baggage as Kyla, but when he stands close by, both of them want to stay close—and begin to succumb to an undeniable attraction.
After experiencing personal tragedy, Decker never thought he’d see Big Sky country again. But now that his family's Whisper Creek property is in deep with a Vegas gambler, Decker’s back for the summer—and spending all his time running from “cowgirls” who come to the dude ranch to score some dudes. Then he meets Kyla, a kindred spirit who brings on a stampede of protective feelings . . . and a powerful hankering to sear her with a new brand of love.
Maggie started writing when her twins were infants and she was desperately seeking sanity. The fact that she found it only with imaginary people makes her a bit concerned, but at least they do what she tells them to … usually.
She lives in New England, though she spends an inordinate amount of time on Arizona real estate sites in mid-January. While snow piles up to her windowsills, she cyber-stalks the blue skies and pink houses of the Southwest. It's cheaper than therapy …
She used to be an English teacher, a certified black belt, and a cool-car driver. Then ... twins. Now she swills caffeine while driving the one vehicle she swore she'd never own: a minivan. It sort of hurts even to admit it.
Her debut novel, a cozy mystery, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and her debut romance, Accidental Cowgirl, will be published in October of 2013 by Random House Loveswept!
Maggie is thoroughly grateful to her wonderful agent and fabulous writer-gal friends for making this journey so much fun!
She's just hoping that one of these days, her family will understand...
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