Review: Count on a Cowboy by Patricia Thayer

Posted October 23, 2017 by Tiffany in 1 Star, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Cowboys, Military / 0 Comments


Review: Count on a Cowboy by Patricia ThayerCount on a Cowboy
by Patricia Thayer

Series: Rocky Mountain Twins #1
Published by Harlequin on March 8, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Cowboys, Military
Format: Print
Source: Book Buyer's Best Contest

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Stepping onto her estranged father's Colorado ranch, Brooke Harper hopes to find the missing piece of the puzzle that's left a hole in her heart—her long-lost sister. But the Bucking Q Ranch is deserted…except for the tall and rugged cowboy, Trent Landry, who is taking care of the place while the owners are away. She's determined to wait until the family she's never met returns home…

And Trent will keep an eye on the mysterious Brooke until he finds out if she is telling the truth about finding her sister. Spending time alone with her, watching her take to ranch life as if she's a natural, he realizes she is definitely not a threat—except maybe to his heart.

I received a copy of this book from the Orange County Chapter of RWA’s Book Buyer’s Best Contest, for which I was a first round judge.

Count on a Cowboy by Patricia Thayer is part of Harlequin’s American Romance line, which falls under the Home and Family category. This isn’t the type of book I would normally read, but I’m always open to trying different things once in a while.

I had numerous issues with this book. There’s a lot of plot. Las Vegas card dealer Brooke has just learned that she was separated from her twin sister at birth. Their mother has early-onset Alzheimer’s, which is how Brooke learned about her twin, Laurel. Their mother is demanding that Brooke fetch Laurel so that she can see her before her health gets worse.

When Brooke shows up on a Colorado ranch looking for Laurel, she doesn’t find her. Instead, she walks onto a vacant wedding site. Turns out that Laurel has been left at the altar—and her would-be groom is actually a con man who has stolen money from Laurel and her family.

Brooke soon meets Trent, local cowboy and former Special Forces soldier. More—A LOT more—on that in a minute. Brooke decides to stick around the ranch and wait for her sister to return before revealing her true identity to Laurel, as well as to their father, Rory.

If the plot sounds kind of confusing, it is. Although Brooke and Laurel are twins, when Brooke shows up, their resemblance isn’t obvious, for some reason. People can see that they look similar, but no one can tell that they’re twins. So for the meantime, Brooke tells everyone that she’s Laurel’s half-sister because it’s not well-known that Laurel’s father is also Brooke’s father.

Meanwhile, Brooke and Trent hit it off right away. Personally, I found their chemistry forced and didn’t really understand their instant attraction to each other. The relationship moves along rather quickly—so quickly, in fact, that they’re already dropping the l-word after only one week of knowing each other. There is some sensuality, but the sex scenes, for the most part, are fade to black.

As for the main things I took issue with…
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I had so much trouble getting through this book. If not for the contest, I would have abandoned and DNFed it, but managed to finish. Between the military errors, the lack of development between the main characters’ relationship, and the low heat level of the romance itself, I can’t recommend this book.

Rating: 1 star


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