Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot–will not–fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father–Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance’s dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that’s easier said than done.

Titles in the Rocky Mountain Riders series include:  Hometown Cowboy – Comeback Cowboy – Renegade Cowboy

Title:  Hometown Cowboy
Series:  Rocky Mountain Riders #1
Author:  Sara Richardson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 28, 2017
Publisher:  Forever – Grand Central Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

Welcome to the kick-off to a brand new series by Sara Richardson, always something to look forward to.  Hometown Cowboy gives us a  look into the Cortez family – dad and three brothers, all holding memories of the past that won’t quite let go enough to see the present or the future with much hope in the relationship department.  Luis, a former bull rider himself, has watched the effects his wife’s leaving has had on his boys.  He built a good life for them all, a ranch to be proud of, but now something is wrong.  And lives are about to change.

Lance doesn’t believe in love.  Oh, he loves women almost as much as riding, but the romantic kind of love, the one that’s supposed to last forever… nah, that doesn’t exist, he has proof of that watching his mother leave them all those years ago.  So he may be called a heart breaker, but he’s never tip-toed around that fact that his intentions are not long term, and his heart is firmly wrapped up in his family, ranching and riding.  Period.  End of discussion.

Jessa may think she’s unlucky in love, but the fact seems to be that she’s more in love with the idea of love than the men who have come far short in the sticking around area.  So, she’s sworn off the creatures, at least for the moment.  She’s got enough on her plate right now and a break is exactly what her heart needs right now.

Fortunately, circumstances will bring Lance and Jessa together with enough sparks to prove that you can never say never where love is concerned.

I enjoyed Lance and Jessa’s journey to true love.  Although definitely a bit rocky with stubbornness, misunderstandings and some attitude adjustments on both sides, eventually we’re well aware that they are on the right track.  I do feel that we were left out of a bit of their journey as the ending of their story and the epilogue seem a bit… uneven in the status of their relationship.  Even though, this is the first of the series and perhaps we’ll meet up with this couple on down the line for an update.  In all, Hometown Cowboy was a delightful story and hooked me for the next one to come.

*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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