by Randi Alexander
Series: All Cowboy #1
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on May 27, 2014
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys
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It’s Independence Day, and Harper Johansen is at the rodeo in South Dakota on business. While she’s deep in cowboy territory, she’s hoping to meet a real cowboy—one who shares her dreams for the future. Shaw Donahue, tall and sexy in his cowboy hat, jeans, and boots, could be that man, and Harper quickly falls for his seductive charm. Until he tells her he’s a roughneck.
Shaw can’t believe his luck. Harper is an accomplished, intelligent businesswoman, and she’s beautiful, sexy, and willing. Until she learns he’s working the local oil field. Before he can explain the reason he’s roughnecking, she pushes him away, telling him they can only be friends. He doesn’t fit into her plans. With four days of rodeo ahead of them, can Shaw convince Harper to value a man for more than his cattle?
In honor of Independence Day, I figured reading this book was apropos. Let’s take a minute to appreciate this awesome cover. The fireworks! The patriotic colors! The slightly smarmy-looking cowboy! There’s also the full title: All Hat No Cattle: A Red Hot and BOOM! Story. I love all of it. I also liked the book itself very much. It’s a super quick read, but it’s just the nice, fluffy story I was looking for.
Harper, who works for a soda company, is in South Dakota for business on Independence Day. She’s working a rodeo event, where she hopes to find a cowboy of her own. Harper is dead-set on falling in love with a cowboy–meaning he has to be a real, genuine, honest-to-god horse-riding, cattle-owning kind of guy. The reasons for this are revealed in time, but at first I didn’t understand Harper’s fixation.
When Harper meets Shaw, her interest is peaked. He certainly looks the part, but more importantly, he’s got the gentlemanly ways that make Harper melt. Then Harper finds out that Shaw is a “roughneck”–in his case, this means he works the oil fields rather than on a ranch or farm.
Harper is seriously disappointed because she and Shaw had an instant attraction to each other. She decides to be upfront with him from the start, explaining the reasons why they can’t be more than friends. When Harper was young, she spent time with her grandparents on their ranch. It’s these happy, fond memories that drive Harper’s obsession with finding a cowboy she can live happily ever after with. She’s hoping to recreate those happy moments from long ago.
Shaw isn’t enthused by the idea of just being friends, but he agrees. He’s hoping that Harper will change her mind, or maybe he can win her over. Even though this book is technically a novella, there’s a lot of well-written sexual tension between Harper and Shaw. When they finally get together, it’s almost a relief. But wait, there’s more! Shaw has a secret that he hasn’t shared with Harper–and it’s one that might push her away for good.
I really liked this book. It’s a fun, fluffy read. Although there’s some conflict when Shaw’s secret is revealed, it’s resolved pretty quickly and without much angst. This is book #1 in the All Cowboy series and I’ll likely be reading the next book. I recommend this one.
Rating: 4 stars