Catching the Cowboy
Series: Summer Creek #1
Published by Wholesome Hearts Publishing
Publication Date June 9, 2020
Genres: Western, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
She’s fresh out of jail . . . He’s fresh out of luck.
Spoiled billionaire heiress Emery Brighton indulges in one mimosa too many, attempts to steal a horse, and winds up in jail. A sentence of community service leaves her at the mercy of strangers on a remote ranch near a small town in Oregon. Adjusting to country life is hard enough, but she has no idea how to handle her growing affection for a surly cowboy and his adorable daughter.
Steady and dependable as the day is long, rancher Hudson Cole just wants to raise his little girl and be left alone. When his grandmother invites a lawbreaker dressed in Louis Vuitton to Summer Creek Ranch, Hud is convinced Grammy has lost her ever-loving mind. Determined to detest Emery, he instead finds himself doing the one thing he vowed would never happen again: falling in love.
With one foot out the door, will love be enough to convince Emery to stay?
This sweet romance offers a funny, delightful happily ever after adventure in a quirky small town. Read about a meandering goat named Ethel, meddling matchmakers, and a community that feels like home in a story filled with heart, humor, and hope.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I read the synopsis of this story. I know I like Shanna Hatfield’s books but was unsure how I could like a character like Emery. The type to get drunk and attempt to steal a horse?
At the onset, even when Emery was sobbing in a jail cell, I wasn’t a fan of hers. After all, even her tears were selfish. Yet Ms. Hatfield knew just how much to show of Emery’s spoiled character before allowing enough of a glimpse of her heart to make me not want to stop reading. I was quickly able to see deeper into Emery and found that she wasn’t irredeemably awful. And I found myself liking her and cheering her on for the way she threw herself into the community service projects she was assigned.
I did like Hud from the very beginning, though I had to agree with Grammy Nell that he was a bit dense at times, at least where Emery was concerned. He was a delightful, handsome, hardworking single father who doted on his little girl, affectionately known as Cricket. (Incidentally, I loved that Emery’s father called her Magpie – how fun that these girls were both nicknamed for their chatty nature!)
Being highly sentimental myself, I loved the way that Emery saw antiques and sought to find the stories behind them. The way this played out in her desire to revive the dying town was unexpected!
This is a fun, sweet, small-town romance with a hint of spirituality. Not enough that readers who prefer no religion in their stories will be offended – this mostly comes out in prayers before meals, a reference to attending church, and a reference to the changes in her character being related to a restored relationship with God.
While it was clear that Emery and Hud fell in love with each other for their personalities, their physical attraction played a part as well. A little more than I am comfortable with – of her admiring him with his shirt off, or one of them bending over and the other ogling – things like that. Otherwise, the story is clean.