One Good Cowboy
(Diamonds in the Rough #1)
by Catherine Mann
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From Ex to Eternity?
To inherit his family's empire, Texas cowboy-turned-CEO Stone McNair must prove he has a heart beneath his ruthlessly suave exterior. His trial? Finding homes for his grandmother's rescue dogs. His judge? Johanna Fletcher, the woman whose heart he broke.
Sure Johanna can handle a week traveling the country with her ex-fiance to fulfill his dying grandmother's request. She and Stone want different things -- plain and simple. But there's nothing plain about Stone, or simple about the heat that still flares between them. One week may not be long enough.
My thoughts: This story was about more than just Stone and Johanna. You also got to meet the matriarch of the McNair family - Stone's grandmother, Mariah McNair. She is definitely the glue that holds the family together. The other blood relatives include Amethyst and Alexandrite or Amie and Alex, Stone's twin cousins. Johanna is like a granddaughter to Mariah though, being practically raised on the ranch where her father worked and herself now living and working there.
Stone and Johanna are sent out on this test because Mariah has found out she has an unoperable brain tumor. This shocks all the grandkids but affects Stone the hardest. He was raised by his grandmother as his mother was/is a drug addict - in and out of rehab continuously. He didn't find out who his father was until he was 25, and decided that he was better off without him. He made some decisions during that time that would affect his future in ways he could not imagine.
I liked the love of animals that is also portrayed in this book, and the care they took in finding these dogs homes. Makes me want to go find another furry friend to replace one that we lost to diabetes a couple of years ago.
All in all it was a quick read. I like those stories that don't lose speed and have some heat between the main characters. You knew there was attraction between Stone and Johanna, even though they both fought to ignore it. I liked it that they didn't just jump into bed with each other at the first sign that the spark was still there, but you get to feel their frustration and their confusion. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
~I received a complimentary ecopy of One Good Cowboy from Net Galley and Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~
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