A Cowboy and A Promise by Pam Crooks
Blackstone Ranch, Book 1
Tule Publishing (January 24, 2019)
Her determination fuels his desire
When her dying friend pleads for help to finish a renovation project, Ava Howell can’t refuse, even though her promise means leaving her new career and familiar life in New York to travel to a remote ranch in Texas. She’s good at what she does, and the ghost town vacation resort would look great on her resume, but it means tangling with the ex-military cowboy who is determined to stop her as soon as she arrives.
Beau Paxton needs to sell the land and ghost town to save his family’s struggling ranch. He’s a formidable enemy to Ava’s determination, but the harder she works, the more his attraction for her grows. He doesn’t want to set aside his plans so she can succeed at hers, yet he finds himself doing just that…
Will a promise bring a city girl and a sexy cowboy together? Or will a broken one drive them apart?
City girl meets cowboy/opposites attract story. Has a good message of fulfilling a promise made. Two totally different people with instant attraction. So-so depth to characters with what I felt some lack of definition to the storyline (mention of special force for him but not much to it, he has a lack of relationship with his cousin who was close to his mother/her aunt; conflict of selling/keeping ghost town isn’t well explained-family is close but how did his mother override everyone else in the family?). Ava was a bit off putting to me, but other times, loved her. He fell hard, she kept him arm’s length then brought him in, then pull away again. Did read as a true cowboy romance/ranch description story which I adored.
Reviewed By Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (December 6, 2018)
ARC provided by Tule Publishing via Netgalley
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
While expecting her first child (more years back than she cares to count), Pam Crooks read her very first romance novel, and she’s been in love with them ever since. She grew up in the ranch country of western Nebraska, and it was inevitable she’d eventually write lots of books about cowboys. Pam still lives in Nebraska with her husband (who is not a cowboy), four married daughters and nine perfect grandchildren.
She’s a long-time member of RWA and RAH, her local chapter. Pam is also one of the founders of Petticoats & Pistols, a popular blogsite for western romance. She loves to cook, hang out at her lake cabin, and decorate birthday cakes for anyone who will let her.