Book Review: Romancing the Conflicted Cowboy by Crystal Walton

Posted March 17, 2019 by meezcarrie in contemporary, Crystal Walton, romance / 2 Comments


about the book

SERIES: Sage Valley Ranch #1
GENRE: Contemporary Clean Romance
PUBLISHER: Impact Editions, LLC
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2019
PAGES: 153

An out-of-place writer risking everything to stay. A conflicted cowboy afraid to risk letting her. And one little arrangement about to become more complicated than either bargained for.

For romance author Callie Claston, visiting a Texas dude ranch to save her career makes perfect sense. The harebrained idea to romance a veterinarian who thinks sending her into cow patty landmines is the art of subtlety, however, might qualify her as crazy. Then again, little does he know how much a challenge fuels her. Until it collides with a dream she never expected to be real.

Single dad Reed Allen has at least two reasons—both with smiles just like his—for trying to run off the intriguing city girl hiding a secret. But when he reluctantly agrees to help Callie with her research, knowing he should stay guarded around her does absolutely nothing to prepare him for the moment when he can’t.

Can a writer who’s never found her own ever-after and a cowboy who lost his too soon restore enough faith in love to start a new chapter together?

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“I’ve been so caught up in the what and why of these hopes and dreams that I’ve missed how little they mean compared to who we share them with.”

Where’s a pink cowboy hat to fan yourself with when you need one??

Oh yeah – it’s in this swoony story that Crystal Walton just released 😉 Considering that I don’t really do the outdoors, fictional cowboy heroes do make my heart flutter, and Reed Allen is no exception. Brooding but not without a sense of humor or a killer grin that slowly makes it way across his face to his eyes. A daddy to two little girls. A man who loves deeply and falls hard when his heart engages…. whew. The very definition of swoonilicious.

For her part, Callie is a bit of an adorable hot mess. At least when it comes to dodging a psychotic rooster (see? I’ve been telling y’all that chickens & their husbands are dangerous lol) or the manure that’s par for the course on a ranch. Or trying to salvage her writing career. Or trying to avoid falling in love with Reed. This all just makes him – and us – fall harder for her, and when you add in the fact that the bond between Reed’s cutie daughters & Callie is instant and precious… well, poor Reed doesn’t really stand a chance, does he?

Bottom Line: There are so many heartachingly tender moments in this story, as well as moments that will have you giggling out loud… and more than a few moments that will have you looking around for that fainting couch you keep meaning to buy. I loved this story for all of the above – and, with it being a quick read, it’s the perfect book choice for a cozy spring weekend. Looking forward to more in this series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 4 / Keep those fans and fainting couches handy!

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about the author

Crystal received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband, David and son, Ryder.

She writes contemporary sweet romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. Her popular Home In You series includes Write Me Home, a 2017 RONE Award finalist, and Begin Again, a 2017 Readers’ Favorite Gold Award winner. When her hands aren’t full with her very active, little blue-eyed hero, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes with her husband.

She’d love to connect with you at crystal-walton.com and Facebook.

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