by Donna Grant
Series: Heart of Texas #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant takes you deep inside the Texas rodeo scene, where danger and desire ride side by side. . .
Naomi Pierce isn’t the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It’s not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can’t help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol’-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it’s one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye…
Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can’t help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him from the stands. It doesn’t take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close—and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn’t be any kind of cowboy if he didn’t offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger—without risking his heart?
Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant is the second standalone novel in the Heart of Texas series. This novel takes place long after, events in The Christmas Cowboy. Brothers, Brice and Caleb Harper are all grown up and oh so yummy. Grant brought us passion and suspense in this fast moving, heated tale.
Coffee Dates with Cowboy, Cross My Heart
- First Date: Naomi Pierce, a photographer, has returned to her Texas hometown to support her, best friend and Rodeo Queen, Whitney. She is snapping photos and taking pictures of two brothers, Brice and Caleb Harper. Naomi is drawn to Brice, and it appears as if he notices her in the stands. After the events she meets up with Whitney and someone attempts to grab her camera. Brice steps in and saves her. It appears Whitney is hiding something and I am anxious to find out what. When Naomi processes her film the suspense angle amps up. This quickly has Brice, along with family and friends, stepping in to help. I was all in!
- Second Date: With Naomi in danger and Whitney keeping secrets, Brice moves them into the East ranch for the evening. I love the sparks and sizzling chemistry between Brice and Naomi. Typical of romantic suspense, you’ll need to swallow that little blue pill to accept the fast moving romance, but Grant allows them ample time to learn about each other. When the danger becomes deadly Brice and Naomi hold up at Brice’s recently purchased homestead. Secondary characters, a little feud between the brothers and perspectives from the villains made for a page-turner.
- Third Date: Grant brought us character growth and simmering moments all while turning up the suspense. The suspense thread had a ring of truth to it, and sadly could have been pulled from today’s headlines. Sure, it had movie ready action scenes but Grant made it all work. I connected with Brice, adored Naomi and loved that drama between them was low-key and not over the top. I am hoping we get Caleb’s story soon, but would also like stories on their friends. Yum. We are treated to a side romance and updates on Clayton and Abby, but this truly can be read on its own. I ended my third date satisfied but eager for more stories in the Heart of Texas series. The next book, My Favorite Cowboy releases in February 2019, but there is no synopsis at the time of this review.
Passion, cowboys and deadly suspense await you in Cowboy, Cross My Heart.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
I love the cover of this one. I can not stand when they are half naked…Why? I know it sounds stupid but I don’t think you should have a half-naked man on the cover – the same goes for historical romance books. I have to read this one as it sounds really good.
I am sorry I am sending a bunch of comments tonight. I am trying to read some of your posts that I have missed. I love your book reviews!
I love Donna and I have this on my desk and was just about to give it away until I read your review. I was kind of tired of (don’t hate me) cowboys. But okay one more 🙂
Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Glad to see you enjoyed. I do like cowboys. I think I have book one in my pill of books to read. I’ve got this stack that I haven’t gotten too. ^_^ Thank’s for the review.
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
Yum! I love cowboys, and I love romantic suspense. This sounds really good! Even if the attraction part was a little fast.
I have not read a cowboy romance in quite awhile. This one sounds good, especially with the suspense thread.
“Brothers, Brice and Caleb Harper are all grown up and oh so yummy.” Love your description. Thanks for the post, and enjoy your weekend!
I am curious about that supsense thread since you said it could have been pulled from the headlines.
Photography and romantic suspense, two of my loves.
I like cowboy romances. But I don’t read them often. I have one of hers which is a holiday version I am saving for the HoHo Readathon. 🙂 Donna Grant writes things in genres I enjoy but I have yet to read her. Anne – Books of My Heart
tough gig , because a lot of things can sweep a cowboy off his/ her feet
Nothing wrong with a good cowboy romance every now and then. 😉 Glad you had fun with this one Kim. Hope you have a great weekend!
it’s been a long time since I haven’t tried a cowboy romance and I know I want to try this author too