With a thirst for adventure and a new life, Katie Matthews heads west to Marietta, Montana to reconcile with her estranged sister and prove she’s matured. But during her journey, her stagecoach is robbed leaving her destitute and on foot and later framed for theft, which lands her in jail. Not the ideal beginning to prove she’s turned over a new leaf.

Scott Taylor hitches horse and wagon to rescue his partner’s sister-in-law from jail. But what he’s not prepared for is the force of attraction towards this beautiful, fiery woman. When a hard rain sends them ducking for cover, his usual steadfastness is no match for Katie’s charm and their mutual passion. Determined to make an honest woman of her, Scott insists they marry.

Scott’s devoted his life to being a strong, responsible, hard working cowboy who does the right thing no matter how tough, but when he comes face to face with his ugly past, he fears he’ll lose what he’s just discovered he can’t live without.

Titles in the Frontier Montana series include:  A Rancher’s Surrender – A Cowboy’s Temptation

Title:  A Cowboy’s Temptation
Series:  Frontier, Montana #2
Author:  Michelle Beattie
Genre:  Western Historical Romance
Published:  February 16, 2017
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Lately we’ve been given glimpses into the beginnings of the bustling modern day city of Marietta, Montana by going back into the past for a look at how it all began… how so very different this much loved city was once upon a time.  I believe we all “think we know” how it was back them, but let’s be real here… we have no clue whatsoever.  This is why I’m completely enjoying the Historical line that Tule Publishing is now putting out – stories that keep us connected to a town that we’ve come to love, but with a look back at what it started out as so long ago.

A Cowboy’s Temptation brings us Katie and Scott’s romance.  Poor Katie, if it weren’t for bad luck she’d have no luck at all.  Everything that possibly could go wrong on her trip to her sister has happened or will soon happen.  Kind of hard to beat being stuck in jail on bogus charges, but she’s sure if she just waits around she can manage that, too.  The circumstances couldn’t possibly have been worse to meet a rugged, handsome cowboy, one that gave her tingles from a single look.

All Scott had to do was pick up this hellion, get her back to her sister and go on with his life.  Not like that looked as if it would be happening any time soon.  The hellion was a beauty who’d been through a lot.  She was feisty, brave and if the way she looked at him told a tale, he’s in a lot of trouble from now on.  Scott is a man who will do the right thing, even when it’s the last thing he wants.  He’ll come to care for Katie and hope for a future together, but sometimes the past won’t stay where it belongs, behind a man.  And now his future is in danger from his past.

It’s been said that the love of a good woman will get a man through anything – time for Katie and Scott to find out if that’s true.

I enjoyed my time spent in Marietta’s past.  Seeing the world as it once was gives me a greater appreciation for all we have today.  A Cowboy’s Temptation is a charming look at the past through the eyes of the settlers in a town many of us have come to love.  Scott and Katie are a easily likable couple and their story rings true on so many layers.

If you’re in the mood to take a step back into history then I’d definitely recommend the Frontier, Montana series.  You’ll find solid stories, enjoyable couples and interesting secondary characters.  Everything that makes a story just right.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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