Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: There's Something About a Cowboy

By Sara Steven

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancĂ© when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

This was my first experience with a Rich Amooi read, and after reading There's Something About A Cowboy, it won’t be my last! Amooi created characters who are strong and well defined, with quick witted banter that flowed easily between Amy and her potential love interest, Luke. I appreciated that there’d been a deck slightly stacked against them, like with Amy and her age, (she’s in her forties, he’s younger) and the family contention she has, particularly with her father (he wouldn’t want Amy to end up with someone like Luke, not ever). You get the feeling that Amy chose Luke in assisting her with this fraudulent relationship, because in her mind, he will never be more to her than a hired hand. Not to mention her failed relationships with cowboys in the past.

Luke can do no wrong. Give him any job or task, and he rose to the challenge, every single time. I think if there were any complaints that could be made against Cowboy, it would be my need to see him be a bit more fallible. However, there’s something about him that makes you yearn for that type of commitment and dedication in your own life, that there will be someone out there for me who would do anything and everything they can to hold on to me, no matter what the odds are. Luke was that type of man, which makes it even harder for Amy to keep that divide between a business relationship, vs. a personal one.

While Cowboy will appeal to anyone in mostly all of the age demographics, I felt it was targeted more towards those in the slightly older crowd, like me. It was nice to see a strong, sexy female protagonist who isn’t in her twenties, someone I could identify with, could relate to. That it’s possible to still be viable and desirable to someone, even when that someone might be in a different age bracket. I think a person can be much more than the year they were born in, and it’s something Amy has to work on, in order to choose the right path for her, and whether that path includes Luke or not. Either way, it’s not so much on whether she has to rely or depend on Luke, because she can take care of herself. The real question is, is he someone she feels she won’t be able to live without?

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review and for including us on Rich Amooi's blog tour.

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Author Bio:
Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy's Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after. Visit Rich on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Rich Amooi said...

Thanks so much for the amazing review, Sara!

The Book Sage said...

Rich lived in the Bay Area until about a year ago. He actually came to our book club for his Kissing Frogs. The book was very entertaining. And Rich is a kick in person. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of his books.

Janine said...

This sounds like it would be a fun book to read.