Hello my lovelies and welcome back to Swooning Sundays, where I review some of my favourite romance novels (or novels with some romantic themes!).
This week’s instalment is a story recently published by Mills & Boon Cherish in July this year.
Do You Take This Cowboy? by Vicki Lewis Thompson.
Here is the blurb from the back of the book:
Recently returned to Wyoming, Austin Teague is determined to find a wife and settle down. But Austin manages to fall hard for the one girl set against marrying anyone – fiercely independent Drew Martinelli. Austin needs to convince her that he’s worth breaking her rules for!
Being a Cherish lover myself, I love the cutesy romances that make you go “aawwwww!” and this one did it fantastically.
You’ve got 26-year-old Austin, who’s returned to his home in Wyoming, USA after spending the last four years living in New Zealand. A foster child, Austin returns to his foster parents, Rosie and Herb, and his myriad of foster brothers, with whom he’s all relatively close.
Whenever I read a romance novel, I love it when the hero’s a guy I can route for right from page one. Austin’s one of those heroes. Aside from being described a very handsome man (let’s face it, what Mills & Boon hero isn’t?) the guy’s got a heart of gold.
He’s got to a point in his life where he’s looking to settle down, get married, start a family etc. And from his loving foster parent’s upbringing, he’s dead-set on his “cowboy manners” and being a gentleman.
Now understandably, this might not be for everyone. But me personally being a little old-fashioned when it comes to relationships, it’s refreshing to see a character that’s very old-school and chivalrous when it comes to women. That’s the cowboy hero for you, ladies! (The fact that The Longest Ride is one of my favourite stories should be a dead giveaway there haha!)
Also, one of things I found rather refreshing about this story is that the heroine is actually older than the hero. Modern and independent Drew is 28 while Austin is 26. In many romance novels, the man is always older either by a few months or quite a few years (in one story I read the hero was nearly 20 years the heroine’s senior).
I also loved Drew. I thought she was very well written and I loved her fierce determination as a modern, very independent videographer. While Austin has returned to his family, Drew has distanced herself from hers. She loves them, but craved independence and privacy, coming from a large family where everyone’s in each other’s lives.
Due to that, she’s not looking for serious relationships (by serious I mean rushing to get married or have kids). It sets a good, realistic foundation for a conflict but when she meets Austin, she can’t stay away.
I loved how Austin and Drew straight off the bat admit how much they’re attracted to each other, making tongue-in-cheek jokes about their physical attraction that I found very witty. As well as this, instead of a gradual growth in their feelings, when Austin meets Drew, it’s love at first sight for him.
Although at times it can come across like Austin’s head’s in the clouds when it comes to his and Drew’s relationship, it’s countered and balanced out by Drew wanting to slow things down. Neither of them want to end what they have and he’s respectful of her boundaries and space, happy to wait until she’s ready to take their relationship to the next level, which due to their intense feelings for each other, inevitably isn’t long. No petty argument, just mutual respect.
There a plenty of moments in this book that are heart warming, sweet and really have you routing for both characters to get together sooner rather than later. Its sense of brotherhood, family and small town setting is super cosy and I’d recommend this story to anyone looking for a “warm and fuzzy” story that’ll sweep you off your feet!
Hope you enjoyed this post y’all!
Happy Sunday! 🙂
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