Title: To Love a Cowboy
Author: Laura Phillips
Format: Paperback, First edition, 224 pages
Published: February 28th 1992 by Meteor Publishing Corporation
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Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
TOO HOT TO HANDLE — From the heels of his dusty boots to the curls of his wild blond hair, Nick Ramsey was every inch a cowboy, one of the best on the rodeo circuit. But the routine of dodging bulls and rambling from town to town was wearing thin for Nick, making him wonder what the future held. Then he saw her, the dark-haired beauty who'd once tugged on his heart. What was his step-sister doing in the audience of a Kansas arena?
Dee Williams wasn't thrilled to be back in the dust and grit of cow country. Years ago she'd learned that ranch life was not for her. But she had agreed to illustrate her friend's book on cowboys and she needed photos to use as reference for her drawings.
The minute Dee spotted Nick, she knew this assignment was a mistake. She couldn't do her job and keep her distance. But she couldn't bear to be near Nick, the man she'd had a crush on during her difficult teen years, the man with a slow, heated smile that simmered in his eyes. Sparks flew whenever Nick was near. And Dee had learned that you couldn't get close to a man without getting married.
To Love a Cowboy is a timeless romance that any long-time romance reader should have on their shelves. My own copy has had a place on mine for over twenty years now!
Nick Ramsey has never forgotten the dark haired, budding beauty that would follow him around on his father's ranch. He never thought to see her again, but when he does, in the middle of a rodeo no less, Nick knows that this is his chance to finally see if all of those wild, teenage feelings had any merit. When Dee Williams suddenly comes face-to-face with her ex-stepbrother, she knows that she's in trouble. Her youthful infatuation has blossomed into full out desire. But Dee knows what happens when Williams women get tangled up in that Ramsey charm, it ends in nothing but heartache. Can Dee prove that she can fit into ranch life, or will Nick's ambitions be more than Dee's heart can handle?
Unfortunately To Love a Cowboy is out of print, and you'll have to scour the used book stores for a copy, but it will be well worth it if you do! It is a delightful tale of second-chances and a dollop of the forbidden with a step-siblings trope. This is an older story, originally printed in the early nineties, so it lacks the angst that a majority of romances have nowadays as well as a rigorous editing process. To Love a Cowboy is instead a uncomplicated, fulfilling, and tender love story. A quick and easy read that will leave you with a smile on your face. It's a go-to for me when I want a brief escape from the every-day, with characters that I fall in love with all over again with each re-read.