Review: Only a Cowboy Will Do

Only a Cowboy Will Do (Meadow Valley, #3)


A small-town woman is swept off her feet by a caring stranger in this charming western romance.

Forty candles, and one for luck. Jenna Owens wants one thing for her birthday this year: a fairy-tale ending of her own and a little relaxation at a quaint California ranch. What she didn’t want was to get caught in a storm on her way to Meadow Valley. Or to get stuck with a ridiculously hot, too-charming-for-his-own-good cowboy—one who makes Jenna reconsider her “I don’t date younger guys” rule. But a little vacation flirtation might be just what she needs.

Colt Morgan isn’t interested in long-term relationships. Not since his last one crashed and burned after his fiancée found out he wanted a big family. So when he learns that Jenna has a list of items to accomplish on her trip—including having fling—Colt is all too happy to oblige. Yet the more he and Jenna get to know each other, the more Colt starts to wonder if maybe they have a chance at a real future. But when Jenna’s past upends everything Colt thought he wanted, are all bets off? Or will they find a way to make both their dreams come true?

Includes the bonus novella Sealed with a Kiss by Melinda Curtis! 

Rating: 5-stars


Only a Cowboy Will Do by A.J. Pine is a funny yet charming romance. It features a couple that have a huge age gap, yet they make the perfect pair. I loved how the older woman, Jenna, kept putting an age reminder out there to the younger guy. Colt, just shrugged it off. For all he knew, Jenna looked like a woman of his same age. He couldn’t believe she was older. He never once let the 10-year gap bother him. What put him constantly on edge, was the way Jenna got under his skin and made him want to pursue things with her. Jenna is an outgoing and friendly woman that put her nephews first. Now, that they’re all grown up, they are pushing her to go pursue what she wants in life. I loved the big family dynamic from both protagonists. Colt is as good looking as a cowboy rancher could be. He too, has a heart of gold that matches the heroine’s. The heat between these two was intense. The attraction could be felt on every page. I was rooting for them. Usually the major age difference isn’t something I want in a book, but it worked well for this story. A.J. Pine worked magic with it. Both characters were beyond twenty so, it wasn’t weird like I thought it would be. Still, I couldn’t quit laughing. Jenna, Colt, and Jenna’s fortune telling chicken kept me entertained the whole time. My favorite scene was Colt covered in mud and Jenna trying so hard not laugh.

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