05 February 2015

The Cowboy Next Door by Roxanne Snopek

The Cowboy Next Door by Roxanne Snopek.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: January 27th 2015 by Tule Publishing.
Love’s worth more than being right

When single mother Leda Plett - who’s doing just fine on her own, thank you very much – goes next door to retrieve her wandering pooch, she doesn’t expect to find the neighbor’s handsome brother lounging about like he owns the place. She certainly doesn’t expect him to go after the deadbeat who abandoned her. She’s not looking for a know-it-all white knight with long, lean muscles and a sexy smile. He’s hot, but she’s already been burned.

Rodeo-star turned agent Eric Anders is used to managing people, especially irresponsible males, and he can’t stand it that some jerk has left Leda high and dry. Clearly, the boots-and-sundress wearing mouthy mama needs someone on her side. He could change her life, if only she would let him! And it has nothing to do with the fact that her sparkly exterior hides a spirit that is as sweet as it is strong – and irresistible.

In fact, Leda is more mature than her years. She feels the weight of her mistakes, and wants only to make sure her daughter doesn’t suffer for them. Eric’s hot gaze makes her weak in the knees but Leda’s track record with men is as bad as it is short. Can she trust the cowboy next door?

When Eric’s well-intentioned actions inadvertently reveal a shameful secret from Leda’s past, he realizes she never needed him at all. As he watches her rise above the humiliation, he knows he must find a way to make it up to her, or risk losing the one girl he now can’t live without.

Reviewed by Kelly

This is a very funny, short and sweet story. I found myself laughing in the cafeteria of the hospital I work at and realized I was laughing by myself in a public place with a few people giving me odd looks. That’s how much it sucked me in!

Leda is cute and sassy and decides to use other words instead of known profanities so her daughter won’t learn her bad habits. These words just had me laughing. She is well aware that she has very little in life except for her baby daughter Hera, a high school graduation and her friends Austin and Melinda Sweet who took her in and have built on to her house to accommodate her since she has nowhere to go. She works hard there being a bee keeper,babysitting for the Sweet's, and watching out for Melinda’s old dog Jackson who keeps going over to the next door neighbor’s house.

That’s how Leda meets Eric. She is looking for the dog and finds him with her neighbor’s girl dog. Leda walks around like she owns the place and tells Eric that there will be no shenanigans between these 2 dogs. The shenanigans continue despite Leda trying to watch Jackson(the dog). Eric doesn’t have a problem with the dog's hanging out and it gives him opportunity to keep seeing Leda.

Eric has money and is settling in with his brother Chad. Eric is working on settling on the land with his brother. He is all business most of the time. When he meets Leda, who is much younger than him, he can’t help but admire her spunk and determination to be better. Eric realizes way late that Leda wants to be independent and doesn’t want anyone taking care of her business. He keeps trying to do whatever it takes to get her! And he finds himself falling quickly for her.

It’s a short read. If you like laughter, independent women, helping others, getting over humiliation with some dignity and some sweet romance than this might be for you!

Favorite quote – “He kisses you like you’re the sweetest thing to ever cross his path and what do you do? You take off like a bat out of Hellman’s mayonnaise with no explanation, just “Thanks! Gotta go!””

Before she was a novelist, Roxanne was an aerobics instructor (fired for insufficient coordination), a cosmetics salesperson (lacked that go-for-the-throat sales attitude), a dog-trainer (they all died*), a tax consultant with H&R Block (yeah, that was before Quicken and TurboTax), taught dog and cat breed names (she's a font of useless information) and even wrote content for an interactive romance/mystery video game (still can't master Windows 8.)

Now she explores all kinds of careers from the safety of her desk, through her characters. It's better for everyone that way.

*It was 20 years ago, people! It's not like they died because of her!

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