Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review - ‘Kentucky Cowboy’ by Jan Scarbrough


Blurb 

Professional bull rider Judd Romeo is a contender for the world title. He defies death for a living. But now he must deal with the death of his mother by settling her estate. Returning home to Kentucky, the PBR cowboy runs smack dab into the arms of his high school sweetheart, a woman he’s never forgotten. Veterinarian Mandy Sullivan learned early on that risk-takers are trouble. Having custody of her sister’s child, she works hard to be both mother and father to the abandoned girl. When trouble shows up next door, Mandy discovers she can’t avoid her former beau. Will she take a second chance and risk her heart this time?

Review

Judd Romeo and Mandy Sullivan dated back in high school until he made a stupid decision and she dumped him without explaining why. Ten years passed and he’s come home to Eagleton, Kentucky to take care of his mom’s things after she passed. He’s a sexy, fun-loving professional bull rider up for the world championship and she’s an uptight veterinarian who’s also the overprotective legal guardian of her niece, Georgia.
My favorite character was Judd. I understood his motivation, his regret for past mistakes, the discontent with his estranged father, and his determination to win both the championship and the woman he loves. He’s the type of guy every girl wants. He’s fun, caring and considerate. Georgia was an adorable nine-year-old girl with a wild streak but a good head on her shoulders. I didn’t connect well with Mandy. She constantly blamed herself for her sister’s mistakes, worried about not being a good enough doctor and a ‘mother’ to her niece, and she criticized Judd far too much over his career choices even she couldn’t get over how attractive he was. It became tiresome after a while.
I’ve never read a story with a professional bull rider in the star role, or even a minor role, so I enjoyed learning about the sport. The author doesn’t hit you over the head with details, but she gives you just enough info so you can an idea of what the sport is like and what life is like for the riders and bulls.
I love second chance romances and this one had a great plot. The book is well-formatted and looked great on my Kindle, but the author wrote in passive voice and head-hopped without proper scene breaks which I’m not fond of.
Overall, this is a fun, heartwarming story and I’m glad I read it.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book for free on Amazon on a Free Day. I am a reader. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.