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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: No Getting Over a Cowboy by Delores Fossen / @TLCBookTours @dfossen

Series & Title: Wrangler's Creek, Book 2: No Getting Over a Cowboy
Author: Delores Fossen
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Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance
ARC Received From: Harlequin Books
Reviewed For: TLC Book Tours

The golden cowboy of Wrangler's Creek returns home to Texas to discover some old flames never fizzle…

There are plenty of things Garrett Granger hadn't counted on losing—his child to miscarriage, his wife to another man and the family business thanks to a crooked CFO. He also hadn't counted on moving back to the family ranch, where he's met by another surprise—former flame Nicky Marlow, who is renting his grandmother's old house.

Nicky's been rebuilding her shattered life since her husband's death two years ago. But Garrett's timely arrival in Wrangler's Creek doesn't automatically make him the missing piece of the puzzle. Even if he does seem to adore her two-year-old daughter… Even if seeing him again stirs up old feelings Nicky would gladly keep buried, forcing her to wonder if moving forward has to mean leaving everything behind…

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Garrett's lost. The life he had is no longer the one he lives. The child he wanted never made it into this world. The wife he loved cheated on him. The family business went down in flames thanks to a well-trusted crooked SOB. Coming home to Wrangler's Creek wasn't in his plans but here he is, ready to make the best of the life he has now.

Starting with a house that's supposed to be empty and on its last legs on family land he wants to use.

Discovering the house isn't empty and abandoned annoys him. Finding out his mother, Belle (remember her? Lovely woman *rolls eyes*), leased it to a woman intent on making into a widows' retreat pisses him off. But meeting the woman running the retreat and seeing it's the adult version of the girl whose virginity he took? Yeah, that left him reeling.

Nicky's had a tough life, tougher than Garrett or anyone in Wrangler's Creek knows. Her retreat isn't just for the other women; it's for her. It's an avenue towards healing that, hopefully, she will find along with happiness. Her young daughter is the light of her life, the best thing to ever come from her marriage aside from the freedom she has now a single woman. She's grateful for a place for her and the other women to meet. She's not so grateful to see Garrett is back in town and doesn't want her in that house, especially since it's the same house they had sex in years ago.

Attraction and fire still burns between Garrett and Nicky but there isn't a bridge strong enough to hold them if they choose to cross that line. It isn't just because they slept together and Garrett unceremoniously dumped her soon after. It's their pasts. Garrett has an ex-wife to handle and he's still grieving the loss of a child he never got to know. Nicky's past is well hidden but it comes to light as the story goes on, and it has to be addressed if she ever hopes of truly healing, of being truly happy. Easy? No, but nothing worth having comes easy.

If you've read Those Texas Nights you'll remember that Wrangler's Creek is quite colorful. The quirkiness doesn't disappear in this addition to this series. As if the chaos of the town isn't enough, or the turmoil of "it" that lies between Garret and Nicky, the upheaval of a body being found in the widows' retreat house just adds fuel to the craziness but in a good way. I like to think of this as organized chaos at its finest. It seems like nothing's connected but everything really is. Ms. Fossen has a knack for connecting dots of randomness and having them make sense.

But the story, the heart of her books, isn't lost in all of that. Garrett and Nicky find their happily ever after by the time Ms. Fossen pens "The End", even though the road to it is fraught with highs and lows. What they've been searching for--forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, happiness--is found where it all began and where it's meant to continue: in Wrangler's Creek.

USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.