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Feature book: Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy

25 December 2019

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

Subgenre: western romance
Release date: 30 Jul 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Paperbacks
Format: ebook and print
Length: 352 pages
RRP: $8.82 (ebook); $15.99 (print)

What Hannah needs are the papers signed and she can be on her way. Things are not that easy.

Hannah Leigh Monroe was Miss Rodeo Queen Forever two years running. A feat no one else had achieved. She had to keep to a strict set of rules but then she met Ty. Ty Everett was the cowboy who broke her heart. There was instant attraction, they had to sneak around but they managed to date and marry while Hannah held the title.

Hannah turns up at Ty’s family ranch wanting a divorce. What she finds is unexpected. She knew about his bull riding accident, as she visited him in hospital. She didn’t know that he had lost all memory of their relationship and marriage. Hannah decides to stick around for a while to see if their connection is still there, and there may be hope for their future.

Both Hannah and Ty had a tough upbringing. Hannah with her single mother. Ty with his abusive father.

Hannah’s mother is always critical of her daughter and the way in which she has conducted her marriage. Luanne, her mother, is the catalyst for letting Ty know Hannah’s secret and their breakup.

Ty is concerned he will turn out like his father. He says that he doesn’t care but deep down he dwells on this especially when his brothers think he is often drunk when the reality is much different. He often sets himself apart from his brothers, as they have failed to understand who he really is. In the beginning, he believes that Hannah doesn’t understand him, but over time he realises that she does get him. She is not as understanding about his need to ride the bull one last time.

I really want to say this is a nice story, because it is, but nice seems too sedate for the emotional ups and downs. It is about perceptions of others and how they see you and how you see yourself. It is about finding that you can lean on someone else when the going gets tough.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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