Title: Just a Cowboy (Riding Cowboy Flats: Book Two)
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 88 Pages
Category: Contemporary, Western
At a Glance: Julia Talbot’s easy storytelling style is just a delight.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Can an old-fashioned cowboy and a young man on the run from his dark past find a future together?
Herschel is a simple rancher who believes everybody deserves a second chance, which is why he tends to hire underdogs—like Dalton, a young cowboy who needs all the support and TLC Herschel can offer.
Dalton doesn’t think anyone can forgive him for what he did, but Herschel seems willing to try. In fact, he might be the best thing that has ever happened to Dalton. He might even be the one to help Dalton trust in the future again. Just when he’s about to tell Herschel everything, all hell breaks loose. Herschel must help Dalton break free from everything that’s haunting him, or they’ll both end up alone.
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2010.
Review: You have to love the old cowboy, Herschel. He believes, in the cowboy tradition: a handshake, a look in the eye, staying honest, and working hard. He’s been busy, taking over the ranch, helping his sister, and he’s just a no-nonsense kind of guy. Herschel’s pleased with the new hire, Dalton Crealy, too, but between chili season, alfalfa cutting, and protecting the spread, he hasn’t had time for much else. When he does take time to pay attention to Dalton, though, they discover a mutual interest.
Dalton has finally found a place where he can feel safe, and Herschel plays a big part in that. Dalton is happy just doing his job, riding fences and taking care of the horses. He’s hiding a secret because of his sister’s problems, and is on the run. Just when things are looking up, his sister finds him.
When Herschel finally finds out why Dalton has left the ranch for longer than he should have, Herschel goes after what’s his. But not without some good old teasing from his best friend, Tate. Herschel is bound and determined to get Dalton’s family off his back, straighten out this whole mess and bring his man home.
Just A Cowboy is a short novella in the Riding Cowboy Flats series, and it is about just that: cowboys. Julia Talbot’s easy storytelling style is just a delight. Family drama, mature cowboy versus younger cowboy, cowboy lovin’, and a little fighting add to the storyline. I liked Herschel from the first book, Jackass Flats, and I’m glad he got his own story. Of course, there’s an HEA. Herschel wouldn’t have it any other way.
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