Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Cowgirl’s Dream by Edith Mackenzie

Posted June 25, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, Edith MacKenzie, giveaway, romance / 19 Comments

A Cowgirl’s Dream, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Barrels & Hearts #1

GENRE: Contemporary (Clean) Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2020
PAGES: 154

An Aussie cowgirl far from home. A handsome Brazilian bull rider. Can they have a rodeo love story of their dreams?

Frankie dreams of being a champion barrel racer. When the opportunity of a lifetime knocks on her door, she moves halfway across the globe to chase it. This time, no man is going to stop her, even if he is bloody cute.

Luciano is well on his way to getting everything he has ever dreamed of. That is, until an Aussie cowgirl crashes into his world, setting his soul on fire. Now, all he has to do is convince her to give him a chance.

Finally, Frankie has a shot at the championship buckle she’s always wanted, but is that enough? Especially now the swaggering Luciano has set his sights on her. Can she trust him not to break her heart? Could Frankie really have it all? Can she live the cowgirl’s dream?


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A Cowgirl’s Dream had my attention at ‘handsome Brazilian bull rider’ and that cover! Swoon! And the story line is equally intriguing – an Aussie cowgirl with a dream to make it big on the Texas barrel racing circuit. The chemistry between Frankie & Luciano is instant and intense. Luciano is all male and exudes a swooniness just standing there lol. Frankie is more versatile in personality but both characters are very likable in their own rights.

The author’s background in training horses shines in the vivid scenes at the rodeos and competitions, as well as Frankie’s interactions with the horses on the ranch. Her writing of these scenes makes it easy for readers to be quickly immersed in the sights, sounds, and emotions of that world. You’ll definitely be cheering for Frankie all along the way as she presses toward her ultimate goal.

There were a few problems I had with the book, however. To start with, when the book begins I have no idea where we are. There was no real sense of place at that point, and it took me a while to orient myself. I had to google one of the cities mentioned to know for sure we were in Australia. Additionally, there was a lot of suggestive dialogue. Even though the book is technically clean, the innuendos got a bit much for me by the end. But probably most troublesome for me was that, other than the scenes involving the barrel racing and horse training, the writing lacked dimension. I can’t even completely put my finger on the problem but I felt it especially with the secondary characters & most of the dialogue throughout.

Bottom Line: If you want a light romance with diverse characters, and you love cowboys, then A Cowgirl’s Dream is a new book you’ll want to check out. It’s not your typical cowboy story, though, in case you’re looking for more than the ‘same-old, same-old’ in westerns. Instead of Texas men, we have a ranch full of Brazilian cowboys & an Aussie cowgirl who ‘barrels’ in to the mix.  It could use some tighter editing but the romance is sweet with plenty of sparks and the rodeo/horse training aspect to the story is full of energy.

(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: 3 stars / liked it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

Reviewer’s Note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some mildly crude language & less than mild suggestive language, as well as one profanity.

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Edith MacKenzie or Eddie Mac to her friends is an Australian author of sweet and wholesome contemporary cowboy romance. They say in literary circles to write what you know and Eddie has certainly taken that to heart. Before embarking on a writing career she trained horses professionally and brings that wealth of knowledge to her writing.

Now a mum to a boy and girl, as well as wife, she delights with her tales of strong cowgirls and their adventures in finding love. When not weaving the love stories of her characters, she enjoys hanging out with her family and animals, as well as reading, fishing and camping

Just remember once a cowgirl, always a cowgirl.

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19 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Cowgirl’s Dream by Edith Mackenzie

  1. James Robert

    I appreciate hearing about your book, thanks and for the giveaway also. Thanks so much!

  2. Lynn Brown

    A cowgirl and a bull rider seems like a love story just waiting to happen. Nice cover. Thanks.

  3. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Bea LaRocca

    Love the cover and synopsis! 1-Clicked and can’t wait to read. Thank you for sharing your review and the book details

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