Love’s worth more than being right
When single mother Leda Plett - who’s doing just fine on her own, thank you very much – goes next door to retrieve her wandering pooch, she doesn’t expect to find the neighbor’s handsome brother lounging about like he owns the place. She certainly doesn’t expect him to go after the deadbeat who abandoned her. She’s not looking for a know-it-all white knight with long, lean muscles and a sexy smile. He’s hot, but she’s already been burned.
Rodeo-star turned agent Eric Anders is used to managing people, especially irresponsible males, and he can’t stand it that some jerk has left Leda high and dry. Clearly, the boots-and-sundress wearing mouthy mama needs someone on her side. He could change her life, if only she would let him! And it has nothing to do with the fact that her sparkly exterior hides a spirit that is as sweet as it is strong – and irresistible.
In fact, Leda is more mature than her years. She feels the weight of her mistakes, and wants only to make sure her daughter doesn’t suffer for them. Eric’s hot gaze makes her weak in the knees but Leda’s track record with men is as bad as it is short. Can she trust the cowboy next door?
When Eric’s well-intentioned actions inadvertently reveal a shameful secret from Leda’s past, he realizes she never needed him at all. As he watches her rise above the humiliation, he knows he must find a way to make it up to her, or risk losing the one girl he now can’t live without.
Fast paced, entertaining but with a serious side, The Cowboy Next Door has believable characters who are fun to get to know.
I loved how Roxanne set the scene up so well at the beginning of The Cowboy Next Door. I could vividly picture Leda as Eric saw her.
Leda has been hurt in the past, but she is not dwelling on that (which I love!). She is moving on and focusing on the positives in her life. She doesn't want to rely on others, but she's not too head strong to accept help. Her past makes her very cautious, and when she meets Eric, she's not sure she's ready to be involved with anyone again. I liked how Eric got to know Leda. He wants not only to know her much better, but to help her. It's in his nature, even if it did seem a bit overwhelming at times. I liked how Leda had her own ideas and didn't let Eric totally take over. I felt like this was a great start to what could be a happy relationship...if Leda will take the chance with her heart again. Even though Leda is a young character, she has an air of maturity about her that is very admirable.
I liked the build up of their romance, and it didn't feel rushed even with the novella length of The Cowboy Next Door.
The Cowboy Next Door is part of a series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone. The secondary characters are all relevant to the present plot.
I'd recommend The Cowboy Next Door to romance readers looking for a quick, fun romance.
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