I received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.To Tame a Wild Cowboy by Lori Wilde
Also in this series: Love with a Perfect Cowboy, Million Dollar Cowboy, How the Cowboy Was Won
Series: Cupid Texas #7
Published by Avon on May 21, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, American West, Small Town
What would it take to tame a wild cowboy?
One minute, Rhett Lockhart is a love ‘em and leave ‘em bull rider with a slow, sexy smile, a swagger, and not a care in the world. The next, he learns his free-wheeling days are over: a baby has been abandoned in the hospital, and there’s no question: he’s the father. But from the first moment he gazes into his daughter’s eyes, he knows the moment has come to say ‘no’ to no-strings. It’s time to grow up.
Standing in his way is the baby’s foster mother, Tara Alzate, who doesn’t quite believe Rhett is ready to change his ways. Still, she’s not not immune to his considerable charms. So when he proposes a marriage of convenience and shared custody, against her better judgement, she says “I do.” Can Tara tame this wild cowboy and make her own, long-buried dreams come true?
I love this author and I have enjoyed seeing her stories evolve over the years and I have to say that this series, has been a struggle at times, nothing specific about any of the stories that are written, but I have had a more difficult time being engaged by them. At least in comparison to her older books. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book here showed such engagement that I didn’t want to put this book DOWN!! It was such a page-turner, and one I totally didn’t expect and boy I got such a kick out of this book. Its far from perfect, but it had such delicious fun times and I do adore a sexy rodeo cowboy to lust over and the hero involved is the ticket for any romance lover.
In To Tame A Wild Cowboy, we have a story that begins with our hero who is living the perfect life for a man seeing thrills and excitement. But there is much more to this cowboy than meets the eye. Rhett Lockhart is a rising star for the rodeo and he is so close to winning and accomplishing his dream. Rhett is unlike his brothers and with his issues with his father, needed to be able to prove himself, and so he left home and created his own wealth. But just months before the rodeo finals, he learns that he is a father to a baby girl whose mother abandoned her at the hospital. So Rhett has to make some important decisions, including if he wants to be a father or not.
Our heroine enters the story, Tara, is a nurse and after losing the chance to have a family she has craved the chance to be a mother. And when she becomes the foster mother for an abandoned infant preemie, so wants to be her real mother but there is one problem….the father wants his daughter and even though Tara loves her she knows that she might lose her. But there are many more issues involved with Rhett claiming his daughter, and a marriage of convenience comes into play. But will their relationship turn into something more than just a physical attraction….
He was the ONE. the mate fated just for her. So said Granny’s legend. So said the humming in her head. So said the riotous song in her heart. She loved him.
To Tame A Wild Cowboy is pretty much everything in the title….hehe….I was pretty impressed with how this author handled a rodeo theme, I don’t believe she has done this before so I found it really engaging. Now I do want to point out that my one main issue with the book is our heroine. I really REALLY wanted to love her, but she was so judgmental on Rhett’s lifestyle and the fact that he enjoys having sex. And yes he does “sow quite a few of his wild oats” but I honestly didn’t find anything super wrong with his lifestyle, and the heroine has been judging him like this since he was a teenager. So I really didn’t care in how she treated him, she eventually softens towards him but it was a problematic type of behavior that rubbed me the wrong way.
There is so much character growth that we find in our hero’s journey as he discovers what it’s like to be a father and what he is willing to do to be the father that his daughter needs. We see how his universe changes from the first moment that he holds her, and his priorities change. He does make an effort in trying to balance out his career and the family he has chosen, but it’s not easy for him but I do love the change in him as fatherhood creates a more grounded man that is trying to be a better man. The romance that develops between these two is feisty, on the edge and unpredictable at times. We see that court decisions don’t always turn out the way we expect and really left me in suspense until the very end.
Overall I was impressed with How To Tame A Wild Cowboy, a heartfelt love story that takes us on a vibrant emotional journey that is guaranteed to tangle with your emotions and tug at those heartstrings…a romance that is emotionally stunning!