Nothing Like a Cowboy by Donna Alward
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Description: Brett Harrison has been married before and isn't particularly anxious to try it again. He wants to be left alone to focus on his ranch but when his sister sets him up on a date he's to polite to say no.
Melly Walker learned a lot from her one failed marriage and has signed up for a dating site interested to test that knowledge. When this leads to a coffee date with Brett she thinks her plan is working. Until she finds out who he really is.
Why I Picked This Book: I love Donna Alward's Jewell Cove series so even though I'm not a huge cowboy fan I couldn't resist.
My Impression: This book was maddening! To start with I loved it. I loved Brett and his sister and I loved the idea of a dating site for divorced people. The setup was fun and the writing was fast paced and Brett is just adorable. When he and Melly meet there's some zings and sparks but not insta-love. Instead they sit and talk like a real date and they're both pretty new at it. It was really cute and felt really real and I could really see Brett and Melly working.
Until...the conflict. I was going along loving the book and then the conflict happened. It's not exactly a misunderstanding but Melly's attitude was really irritating and I felt it was both naive and immature. While it was somewhat resolved at the end and Brett proved that he was a considerate sweetheart I had a hard time believing in a HEA for these two or believing that Melly is really ready to date again.
I found this book incredibly readable and I liked the Harrison family quite a bit. I loved Brett but I didn't feel like Melly was ready to date or really had taken the time to actually get to know Brett like he had for her.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely. Despite my dislike of Melly the Jewell Cove series is an auto-read for me and I like the concept for this series so I'll probably pick up the next one even if it's not by Alward.
Would I Recommend this Book?: No. I can't recommend Donna Alward's books enough to anyone who enjoys contemporaries but I'd give this one a pass.
Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (N)