Title: The Wrong Cowboy (Granite Junction Book 1)
Author: Megan Ryder
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western, Cowboy Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2020
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
Graduate from college? Check. Land a school counselor job? Check. Seduce her forever crush? Epic fail! The sexy rancher is clearly not interested in long-term. In fact, he’s not interested, period. But Emma is determined to change his mind until his cousin, Gabe Buchanan, puts a definite crimp in her perfect plans. Gabe has come to help his cousin with work around the ranch while struggling to unravel his next book plot. The last thing the he expected was to find literary inspiration in the curvaceous cowgirl pining over his cousin. Determined to prove he is the right match for her, he devises a plan to win Emma’s heart. As much as Emma wants her childhood crush to finally take notice, she can’t help but be intrigued by sizzling hot and funny Gabe. When he asks her out, she can’t say no. Besides, it’s just a friendly dinner. No big deal. Yet when the lines between casual and interested blur, neither can deny the chemistry between them. Can Gabe fill every box on Emma’s checklist and give her what she needs the most? His heart and a future together?
“He’s a handsome devil, isn’t he?” A low voice drawled from the back end of the car and she yanked her hand away as if it’d been scorched. She scowled at Gabe, who leaned against the bed of her truck, one ankle crossed in front of the other, arms folded across his chest as he smirked at her. Cam must have put him to work today, since it appeared he had just showered. His sandy brown hair was damp where it curled around the nape of his neck and up under his hat. His plaid shirt was clean, his jeans, worn and comfortable-looking, frayed along the seams, as if they were old. And damned if he didn’t look even better than he had in his fancy, city clothes that morning. She folded her arms and glared. “I thought all cars are women. Temperamental and something to be taken care of.” He pushed off the end of the truck and sauntered toward her. “That’s a very old-fashioned view of women, Emma. First off, women don’t need to be taken care of. My momma taught me that they can handle most anything thrown at them, possibly better than men, and I listen to my momma. Second, I believe in equality. A car can be male or female, and trust me. This beast is all male.” She sucked in a breath and narrowed her gaze. He was going to school her on feminism? “I don’t need a lecture on women’s rights, Gabe Buchanan. Because this car is tough, it must be male?” Gabe’s smile never wavered. He leaned forward as if imparting a secret, his breath teasing her ear. She shivered. “Nope. I checked under the chassis. He’s male.” He stepped back, his laughter ringing out around them. Her eyes widened and she was about to give him a blistering reply when she paused, realized he was teasing her. She relaxed and laughed with him. “Do you take anything seriously? He cocked his head, considering her words for a moment. “My momma, because she scares me. The IRS, for the same reason. God, because I’m hedging my bets there. And my family. Other than that, probably not.” She shook her head and turned to the cab of her truck. “I don’t think I’d better take anything you say seriously.” He rested a hand on the frame of the truck, right above her head. “You want to go for a spin? He handles real nice. If you’re good, I might even let you drive him.” “And how do you define nice?” She tensed, waiting for a smarmy come-on. He must have correctly interpreted her body language because he straightened and his tone, when he spoke, was serious for once. “It’s simple. Kind words, respect, maybe a little flirting. Nothing else. Anyone who asks for anything else is an asshole.”
Emma, Gabe & Cam
Emma had wanted Cam for years. He kept them as friends. When, Gabe, his cousin showed up he was more than attracted to her. She was fair game, Cam said she was just a friend. When she ignored his charm it just enticed him more. Could he get her to give up her crush and give him a chance?
She thought that maybe Gabe might help her get Cam's attention but would her plans blow up and her feelings for Gabe change?
I liked the overall story. I did feel the back and forth feelings were a bit overdone. I did feel sorry for Emma even though she did bring much of her pain on herself. The author used a different occupation for the hero which I liked a lot.
Reviewed for Words Turn Me On
Ever since Megan Ryder discovered Jude Deveraux and Judith McNaught while sneaking around the “forbidden” romance section of the library one day after school, she has been voraciously devouring romance novels of all types. Now a romance author in her own right, Megan pens sexy contemporary novels all about family and hot lovin’ with the boy next door. She lives in Connecticut, spending her days as a technical writer and her spare time divided between her addiction to knitting and reading.