Cowboy's Pride by Morgan Blaze
Series: Welcome to Covendale #1
Publisher: Self-Published on December 10, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
The hardest second chance they'll ever take...
Cameron Thatcher runs the only ranch in the small town of Covendale. So when Sydney Davis needs a horse-drawn carriage for her dream wedding, she has to ask him. Unfortunately, he's also the boy who broke her heart six years ago and hasn't spoken to her -- or anyone else in town -- since.
Cam is shocked when the girl he used to love turns up at the Leaning T, and furious to hear she's marrying the man who's trying to take his ranch from him. He agrees to lend her the carriage on one condition: after she's married, she never comes back.
But after six years of silence, the sparks between them haven't died. As tempers flare and emotions blaze, Sydney finds herself wondering if she's been wrong about him all this time -- and Cam races to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Sidney’s still carrying around the pain of being laughed at and humiliated by Cam when he was the high school it-boy and she was the overlooked junior. Now that she’s getting married to the mayor’s son, though, she trying to plan the perfect wedding. And it won’t be perfect without a horse-drawn carriage, but the only one in town is owned by none other than the guy she’d rather forget.
I can’t say I’m a fan of this one. It’s a little on the kitschy side, if you ask me, and I almost passed it up, immediately assuming it was just another one of the all too prevalent badly written and rushed to publish novellas that plague Amazon. But since I was in the mood for something countrified, I gave the synopsis a read and figured at the very least, I could bail if it sucked. Which it didn’t.
When I sit down and try to describe this one, I find myself listing out a bunch of romance novel cliches, but it didn’t feel that way at all when I was reading Sydney and Cam’s story.
Sydney had the biggest crush on Cam when she was younger, but he laughed in her face the one time she asked him out, and she’s avoided him ever since. Fortunately, he’s not difficult to dodge, since he’s practically turned into a hermit in the years since then. The popularity he enjoyed when they were young has long since passed, and it seems he now has a reputation as the town’s angry loner, eager to fight or maybe even shoot.
Cam hasn’t had it easy, and that’s putting it lightly. His father died toward the end of his senior year, and life hasn’t been the same since. The additional hardships he’s faced are the kind that would have destroyed a lesser man, but he’s endured, even if it meant relying on no one but himself. At first he’s just about impossible to like, even though there’s something definitely intriguing about him. But when his full story comes out, his behavior is not only understandable but practically justified.
The relationship between these two moves pretty quickly, in part because at 182 pages, Cowboy’s Pride is about half the length of your standard romance novel. But it’s also nice to read a story in which the characters don’t go back and forth for an interminable length of time before finally coming to their senses and working things out. That’s not to say there’s no drama — it’s quite the opposite, in fact — but it moves at a swift pace, so there’s no chance to get bored.
The only real drawback, I would say, is that when it does comes to an end, it wraps up and is done before you even realize it. Just a few more pages, a little more insight into the future, would have made a big difference. Still, it’s a really fun, sweet read, and while it’s only the first of several in the series, it’s part of the Kindle Unlimited program, making it super-affordable to read them all.