Her Cowboy Distraction by Carla Cassidy
Harlequin (June 19, 2012)
Mass Market: $5.25; ebook: $4.99
Favorite Lines: “You’ve made me happy again. You’ve made me think about life’s possibilities.” (p. 164, e-galley)
She’d been watching the handsome rancher for a while, just a lone cowboy eating pie with an empty chair beside him. One night, Lizzie Wiles, Cowboy Cafe’s feisty new waitress, went over and dared to interrupt his tortured solitude. Daniel Jefferson seemed shocked by her boldness as he buried himself in guilt over his wife’s mysterious death.
Lizzie tried to penetrate his gloom, but in the end, found herself falling in love. Having plans to leave town, she didn’t want to think of these consequences. Worse, someone “really” wanted her to disappear–now Attacked and warned to leave, Lizzie had every reason to go…but she had one undeniable reason to stay.
Her Cowboy Distraction is a tale about a man learning to live again after years spend punishing himself for his wife’s death. It’s also a lesson in love for its heroine who is a ray of sunshine in the lives of all she meets. What she discovers about herself by the end of the book has the capacity to alter her life forever.
This book is a classic romance with a nice suspense thread. There’s murder and physical attacks, but most importantly there are two people falling in love. You see the love building with each chapter that passes. I cheered them on and never became bored even as the couple performed mundane chores such as ranch work and waitressing.
Her Cowboy Distraction is a 219 pages on my nook which explains why I read it so quickly. I didn’t want to put the book down because while it had dark moments the book was all about overcoming the past to become better people. I was happy to find myself in shock when the villain was discovered, but it made sense. I’ve got to warn you that the secondary characters piqued my attention and probably will yours as well. I’ll be reading their stories as soon as the books are released and think you might too.