Published by Forever on June 27th 2017
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A WOMAN NEVER FORGETS HER FIRST COWBOY . . .As a single mother, Naomi Sullivan is used to doing things on her own. She's finally saved enough from working at the Cortez Ranch to buy a lovely home for her and her little girl. Life is going as planned. But when her high school sweetheart comes riding back to town, this self-sufficient woman feels something she hasn't felt in years: red-hot, unbridled need for the handsome cowboy who left her behind.
Lucas Cortez doesn't plan on being in town long. Yet when he sees Naomi again-the gorgeous girl he never stopped loving-he's tempted to hang up his hat and stay awhile. He's already charmed his way into her daughter's heart, but he'll need more than sweet talk and roses to convince Naomi to give them a second chance-especially when she's hiding a secret that could change their lives forever . . .
A yellow Volkswagen Beetle blitzed toward Lucas, picking up speed. Yep, he’d know that car anywhere. Naomi.
He watched her draw closer and closer, and just like it always did when Naomi got near, his heart picked up. Would she stop and give him a lift to the ranch? They hadn’t exactly been alone since he’d come back to Topaz Falls. She’d made sure of that.
As the yellow car sped around the curve, he lifted a hand to flag her down, but the car didn’t slow. Maybe she hadn’t seen him. Waving his arms, he stepped onto the shoulder…
Shit! The car was coming right for him! Adrenaline fired through him and sent him rolling into the ditch just as the car’s brakes screeched. The thing skidded and fish tailed, likely taking out half of the tires’ tread.
Breathing in the scent of burnt rubber, Lucas stared up at the sky. Well, that’d been one hell of a close shave.
The car door opened and out Naomi flew, stumbling down the embankment in her polished red heels, to where he lay on the ground.
“God, Lucas. I was so distracted I didn’t even see you.” Her delicate hands covered her face. “My god, I almost hit you.” She staggered a few steps.
That got him off the ground. “Hey.” He hurried over to her, brushing the gravel off his ass. “I’m fine.” He’d been through a hell of a lot worse than a tumble down into a ditch. “See. No blood. I’m good.”
She nodded, but seemed to be on the verge of hyperventilating. Which meant she was in no condition to get behind the wheel of that car.
“Why don’t I drive you back to the ranch?” He slipped an arm around her waist to support her, and he couldn’t resist drawing her close to him, closer than she’d been in ten long years. She still smelled like carefree summer afternoons—a subtle hint of lemon along with the coconut oil she used to use to soften her hands. That scent, the feel of her leaning into his body, roused a sudden overpowering greed. He’d never hungered as desperately for something as he hungered for her. To turn her fully to him. To feel those breasts he used to kiss so intimately against his own chest again. He knew that body, remembered every curve and bend, every fine detail…
“I’m okay,” Naomi whispered, shaking him off. “I can walk.”
Of course she could. But she did hand him the keys before hurrying to climb into the passenger’s seat without his assistance.
Lucas folded himself into the driver’s seat. “All right, then. We’re off.” He started the engine and backed up, then turned carefully out onto the highway.
He stole a glance at Naomi. Her soft lips twitched as he studied her. It wasn’t her full, bright, beautiful smile.
But it was a start.
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~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
As a life-long Colorado resident, I’m always excited to read books that take place in our beautiful state. I’m often disappointed, however, when Colorado is given as the setting but there is nothing really Colorado specific in the book. Pleasantly, I was not disappointed in COMEBACK COWBOY by Sara Richardson. The author lives in Colorado, and with the exception of Topaz Falls, the small town which serves as the main location for this story, the specific locations mentioned actually exist. I love it when I can picture the characters in places that I know, and even though Topaz Falls is fictional, it still had the Colorado feel.
The plot of COMEBACK COWBOY is pretty standard romance novel fare: Nice boy gets in to trouble and is forced to leave town (in this case to prison). He leaves behind his high school sweetheart who is forced to move on with someone else. That relationship doesn’t work out so girl is single when boy returns. They are immediately drawn to each other, but can they overcome the situation that drove them apart? Will the town let them?
In spite of being a familiar plot, the author has made COMEBACK COWBOY come to life. There are enough twists and turns to keep the story fresh and to hold your interest through to the satisfying conclusion.
The characters are wonderful and totally believable. Naomi Sullivan, our heroine, is a survivor. A loving single mom, she is guided by what is best for her daughter, and she is determined to make a life for them in Topaz Falls in spite of her history there and the townsfolk that won’t let her forget it. Lucas Cortez, who left high school love Naomi when he was sent to prison for arson, is determined not to let the town gossip hurt Naomi or his family. He will do whatever is necessary to protect them, even if it means leaving Topaz Falls again. There is also a cast of realistic secondary characters, including Naomi’s delightful daughter Gracie, the ranching Cortez family and several apparent villains.
COMEBACK COWBOY is the second book in the Rocky Mountain Riders series but it can be easily read without having read the first book. Sara Richardson is a new writer for me, but I’ll be going back to read the first book in the series, and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one.
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book.