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Debbi Rawlins currently lives with her husband in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now that she's had enough of the gypsy life, it'll take a crane, a bulldozer, and a forklift to get her out of her new home. Not that her friends would let her leave Debbi Rawlins currently lives with her husband in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, they were both guilty of different actions that pulled me out of the story So, a book that I really enjoyed up to that point became one that I was slightly disappointed with when all was said and done.
I do recommend this title, and I did enjoy it overall. One person found this helpful. People think she is a pampered princess but that could not be further from the truth. She has had her share of heartache, losing her mother at an early age and also her best friend. She finds herself with Tex, an untrainable horse that she refuses to give up on.
Sam is known for having a way with horses. Some people even call him a horse whisperer. He has become so well known that he has written a book and goes on tour, showing off his talents. If anyone can help Mia train her horse, it is Sam. Sam is great with horses, not so great with women.
After getting his heart broken by his fiance, he has sworn off women. But when he meets Mia, he finds that he is intrigued by her and wants to get to know her better. The more time he spends with her, the more he likes her. He realizes he may have to change his thoughts about finding love again. But as in real life, it will not be an easy journey to find his happily-ever-after.
I enjoyed getting to know Mia and Sam. Mia is a spunky spirited woman who is not afraid to go for what she wants. And she has decided she wants Sam. Sam is a hardworking respectful man that is afraid of getting hurt again. The two of them will have a bumpy ride trying to work things out and get together. I enjoyed the bickering and banter between Mia and Sam, right from the day they met. It was funny when they went toe-to-toe with each other. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.
In my mind, I could picture the ranch, the horses, and the rolling hills. It was very relaxing reading the book with the ranch setting in the back of my mind. I really enjoyed reading about Tex and everything that Sam did to try to make him trainable and safe. I thought that added so much to the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted romantic western. It has been a long time since I read a western and after reading this book, I am not sure why that is.
I will definitely read the next book in the series, scheduled to be released later this year. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 2 months ago. Published 5 months ago. Published 6 months ago. Published 7 months ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. May 26, Susan rated it really liked it. Lovely in the sense that 2 men grow to love each other and they fight to be together.
And I can read that story all day, every day. Crispin is overly talkative, a bit flamboyant, kinda emo, and unsettles things at the J-Ranch. Malloy is the steady read: But, ZAM, the master at writing the broken character with a painful past, starts to draw you in as you get to know more about both Crispin and Malloy and the deep hurts and fears that come along with them. I found myself rooting for this couple, to be able to get past their histories, to drop their baggage, and to allow themselves to be loved.
By the end, I was such a fan of both of their characters. ZAM is sometimes a hit or miss for me. View all 3 comments. May 06, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love it when books take me on a journey I haven't expected. What I got was much much more. Speed 'Jefe' Malloy and Crispin Carrasco pulled all my heartstrings, ripped my heart apart, put it back together and ripped it apart all over again. Malloy is the quiet and lonely foreman of the J-Bar Ranch.
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He has lived and worked there since the owners Cra I love it when books take me on a journey I haven't expected. He has lived and worked there since the owners Crandall and Emma took him in at the age of Now with 32 he works the land and supports the family who's given him a chance after a bad childhood.
He cares deeply about Eddie and Jim, the other two full time ranch hands and he is devoted to his foster family but he finds it difficult to express his emotions. Their love for each other was wonderful to watch. Crandall was holding her closer than I thought he ought.
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When I read this part a photo from Elliot Erwitt came into my mind. I love the message of unlimited love behind the picture: Malloy doesn't have any illusions regarding his future. He isn't like Crandall Jenkins, and he'd never find an Emma. He'd never have what they have between them - not the home, not the kids, not the legacy, nor the love, nor the comfort of a lifelong partnership When Crandall and Emma take a vacation to visit their daughter in Florida, they tell Malloy they hired Crispin, a young man who needs a place to stay.
For Malloy, who's never had any desires to have more than one-night stands with women, Crispin is like a shock to his system. He is openly gay, somewhat flamboyant and has a motor mouth that doesn't quit. I could maybe get close enough to catch one every other minute or so Letters like snowflakes, swirling in the air around Crispin and littering the wooden porch deck where—thankfully—his feet were encased in a good, insulated pair of ropers. Tough and manly, caring and honest.
He is a strong and inspiring man. It was easy to see why Malloy falls in love with him. He cares for Malloy and the ranch and the animals. He even loves Malloy's crazy horse 'Teddy' Roosevelt. He likes that best. He looked dead serious. The scenes where Malloy first admits his feelings for another man are awesome done.
I don't want to spoil anything so I won't give away more details. There's a bit of melodrama and angst, yes, but overall My Cowboy Heart is a beautiful romance and moving story of self discovery. It's a message that family is more than just blood relations and a heartwarming novel about friendship. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Can't wait to read about Jim and Eddie. View all 24 comments. May 06, Ami rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite my seemingly complaint shown on my status update, I loved this book. It was definitely better when Malloy dropped the kid thing though the dreaded " baby " did make an appearance, said by Crispin to Malloy.
But I changed those when I read it. The story didn't have overwhelming drama. While Malloy might be only involved with women before Crispin came into his life, but he didn't contemplate too long to realize that he could be happy with Crispin. I loved the differences between the two gu Despite my seemingly complaint shown on my status update, I loved this book.
I loved the differences between the two guys. Malloy was the solid, quiet, and well rather stoic cowboy. I felt for him -- the way he tried to prove himself of worthy for Mr. While Crispin, who is more outgoing and flamboyant -- and despite having bad childhood, he came out stronger.
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I loved how Crispin has a bleeding heart and the animals just got attached to him quickly. It was a quiet, sweet, lovely romance that just fit my taste. I got teary eyed in the end during the conversation between Malloy and Jenkin's wife, Emma. Now I can't wait for Eddie and Jim's story coming in January. Those two had complicated relationship, that's for sure. View all 6 comments. May 26, Macky rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: All cowboy lovers out there! I have to say that this was probably one of my most favourite cowboy stories up to now.
No, I loved this because even though its far more understated and subtle than that, I still felt it was a s I have to say that this was probably one of my most favourite cowboy stories up to now. No, I loved this because even though its far more understated and subtle than that, I still felt it was a strong and heartwarming, sexy yet delightfully quirky story with its underlying humour and snappy dialogue between Malloy and Crispin whilst at the same time wringing a constant emotional response from the beautiful and tender romance that grows between them and also the poignant storyline that drives the book towards the end.
I almost felt like I was inside the story watching it all play out and I have to say this was classy and beautifully put together without being florid, wordy or terribly worthy. There's no doubt that even though he's off page for most of the book, Crandall Jenkins is the heart of this story but the soul belongs to Malloy and Crispin. It was a joy to read and for me it totally deserves a full 5 stars.
View all 9 comments. May 08, Trisha Harrington rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a really emotional book. It started off funny enough and I really got into it. But I hadn't expected a book as emotional as this one. It was a book that had great characters, an interesting plot, and something that showed the kindness in people's hearts. I loved the fact that Mallory and Crispin had somewhat similar pasts. It was nice to see those similarities as both men had lost people in their lives. I'm a huge fan of 1st per This was a really emotional book. I'm a huge fan of 1st person stories and Mallory was such a complex character, that it made sense his story would be told like this.
His story was sad. He was a lonely man in a room full of people for so long. What Crispin said was true, you can be alone in a crowd of people. And for Mallory, that really was the truth. Normally, I hate it when a character dies and it's just to make things easier or more convenient. But sometimes it really does help a story or a character.
And in reality, people die, so the way death was handled here was so well done and emotional. I hate to say it, but I was glad it happened the way it did.
It added that raw emotion to it, and in some ways, I believe it's what made Mallory less alone in the long run. Strange as it may be, it's kinda how I feel. Crispin was just a great character. He was out, really out, and at the same time, he had his own issues. It showed a great complexity. The man who acts like an excitable child, had so much pain in his past. I mean he really suffered.
And like Mallory, he was probably a tiny bit alone himself. I was glad he was Mallory's opposite and at the same time, he was so like Mallory. His past did shape him. I really enjoyed reading this book. I have a thing for cowboys and this author told the story really well.
I fell in love with the MC's and have found a new book that I love. View all 8 comments. Aug 22, Kaje Harper rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a lovely, quiet romance about a lonely man finding out that his world and his heart are bigger and more complicated than he ever imagined. Malloy has been on the J-Bar ranch ever since he arrived as a foster kid with no posessions, a neglected and painful childhood, and a deep need for some adult whom he could believe in and trust.
He found that adult in ranch owner Crandall Jenkins, and to a lesser degree in his wife Emma. For the first time, Malloy was around people who kept their word, This is a lovely, quiet romance about a lonely man finding out that his world and his heart are bigger and more complicated than he ever imagined. For the first time, Malloy was around people who kept their word, who cared more for others than themselves, who loved.
They became his foster parents but Crandall was more - his model, his lodestar, almost his god. Malloy's life goal is to be the man Crandall would want him to be, to meet not just Crandall's loving standards but the ideal of integrity and strength that Crandall represents.
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So as he grew, became a ranch hand, went to college, and returned to become ranch foreman, Malloy has molded himself into a person Mr. Jenkins can be proud of knowing. And now at 32, he is that man - honest, hard-working, compassionate, loving the land and the ranch and all who live and work on it. He's content, but although he doesn't admit it to himself, a little lonely. And despite the way the Jenkins' treat him as almost one of their own, he's aware of a gulf between himself and their biological daughters - a gulf which keeps him from feeling truly secure, because one day the ranch may go to the girls, who don't love it, and who may sell it and take away this life he lives for.
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Malloy tries not to think about that, but that hint of insecurity, and its echoes of his unsafe childhood, underlies his life as he works so hard for a place that is not his own. Malloy isn't the only man working the ranch. Eddie and Jim are the permanent ranch hands, two men whom Crandall has also given a job and a home. And as the book opens, with the Jenkins' on their way to Florida to visit the grandchildren, Malloy is told there will be one more guy joining the crew.
Crispin is the grandson of a friend of theirs, in need of a job, and a twenty-five-year-old out, gay cowboy. Crispin is a startlement and a wonder to Malloy from the very first moment. He talks constantly, loves animals, makes odd dolls, cooks, laughs, and shakes up Malloy's life. Crispin flirts with him, at first in very subtle ways, which Malloy reacts to without understanding why. Then one day, Crispin kisses him. Or he kisses Crispin. Malloy is not sure which, but he is sure that the moment of need and discovery cracks open his world, showing him to be a man he hardly recognizes.
Those passionless, fast experiences he had with women in the past were unsatisfying, not because he didn't find the right woman, but because he was looking in the wrong place. Malloy is sweet and lovely in his efforts to figure out what it means to be gay, and to be falling for the mercurial and confusing Crispin.
He retreats into simple-cowboy mode, into the words and patterns he learned from Crandall, when he needs room to think. At other times, the college-educated man he is shows through. But through it all, he is trying to be a stand-up guy about this, and always putting Crispin first. If he could only figure out what that meant. Crispin is a great character, a young man who is brilliant and passionate, sometimes scared and a bit battered by life.
He is cheerful and positive by nature, but has a well of anger inside from a childhood spent around actors and Hollywood glitter and shallow self-centered people, and from the untimely death of his parents which sent him to live with his grandmother.
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He blows hot and cold in ways sometimes as infuriating to the reader as they are confusing to Malloy, but it is his vulnerability that drives his changes of mood. It is a real pleasure to watch these two come together. The book starts out light and sweet, but quickly becomes more emotional as the pasts of these two lonely men complicate their love story.
And then the present adds its helping of pain. I really enjoyed this, a fast, smooth, beautifully-written story about two guys you can't help loving. At the end of the book, I felt that there was still more healing needed - the issues these men were dealing with ran deep, and there hadn't been enough time, introspection, or therapy to get them past it yet. But there is a solid happy ending that warmed me, and this book goes on my comfort-reread shelf, despite the emotional moments in it.
I was also pleased to get a little taste of the sequel, about Jim and Eddie, two secondary characters I'd like to know more about. Looking forward to that one. View all 5 comments. May 08, Eli Easton rated it it was amazing Shelves: The writing in this is just beautiful and the characterizations so rich and true and I actually found myself slowing down to savor every word. Some of the things I loved: His internal thoughts as he realized he had feelings for a man and was likely gay despite years of who-knew were so spot on and rich with with honesty. It was all well-done and, well, was the plot of the book, but I really found all that very secondary to the actual language of the book and the characters.
I look forward to the next book in the series. Aug 27, Simsala rated it it was amazing Shelves: Two cowboys with a heart of gold! The five stars are for them. Aug 13, Debra rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a nice, understated romance of two men finding love and finding themselves. Malloy, the ranch foreman, is pretty much a loner. As a teenager he was saved by the Jenkins family and has since lived and devoted his life to them and the ranch. He has no real other relationships to speak of and as foreman, keeps his distance from the others he bunks with.
When out and proud Crispin shows up on the ranch as the new hand and friend of the Jenkins family , Malloy is tasked by Mr. Jenkins with m This was a nice, understated romance of two men finding love and finding themselves. Jenkins with making sure he not only acclimates to working on the ranch, but making sure nobody gives him trouble.