Twenty-seven year old Dexter Cody is another cowboy living the rodeo dream with his family in Markton, Wyoming. He and his fraternal twin brother, Dusty, team rope together. Working hard at the family’s Cottonwood Ranch and being successful is what the Codys are all about.
During one of the rodeo shows Dexter decides to compete and to his chagrin doesn’t do well at all. While receiving some harassment from other rodeo contestants Dexter is in for the shock of his life. Josie Charles comes up to say hello to him. The ironic part is that they haven’t seen each other in nine years and she looks terrific even though that many years have passed. You see, Josie used to be his brother Dusty’s former high-school sweetheart and Dexter would always pal around with them. In truth, the reason why he stuck so close to them was he had a massive crush on Josie and didn’t want his brother getting close with her. He wished that she dated him instead and was jealous that his brother turned out to be the lucky one.
Talking with her he finds out that she’s back in Markton helping her mother take care of her ill father who just suffered a heart attack. He’s happy to hear that she’ll be around for awhile and secretly hopes that maybe something could happen between them this time around. His brother hasn’t been involved with her in years so that works out better for him. But then things take a crucial turn for him when a little four-year-old boy comes running up to her and calls her mommy. Worse yet, when he looks at little Matt he sees that undeniable little dimple in the boy’s right cheek just like his brother Dusty has. He feels ill and angry all at the same time.
Josie explains that Matt is Dusty’s son, but she has chosen in the past not to say anything because she and Dusty didn’t love each other. She admits that they honestly never did and that when Dusty was in California four years back doing some business, he stopped by her apartment to see her for old time’s sake. Eventually, after drinking too much with him over dinner, one thing led to another and before she knew it she was pregnant with Matt. Dexter knows that nothing can happen now between them because Dusty has to do the right thing and correct this situation even though he didn’t know about it. Josie pleads with him not to say anything yet to Dusty or their family because she wants to talk to Dusty first. He makes her the promise, but tells her if she doesn’t do it soon he’ll do it for her because Matt needs to know who his father is and Dusty needs to step up and be the father Matt needs in his life.
Does Josie finally tell Dusty and both families who Matt’s father is? Does Dusty do the right thing and marry Josie? Or does he continue being the selfish person that he always has been and doesn’t own up to his responsibilities as Matt’s father? Can there still be some hope that Dexter could have a relationship with Josie after all?
I just love this series! Each book is dedicated to one Cody cowboy and each author does a remarkable job telling each man’s story. Ms. Thomas created Dexter to be a real dependable man of his word and you couldn’t help but fall in love with him early on in the book. I felt bad for him that he always had feelings for Josie and because Dusty beat him to asking Josie out first, he never had the opportunity to ask her out himself. From the beginning it was extremely clear that Dusty never asked Josie out for the right reasons and it was a true testament of how he was selfish by just wanting to sleep with her. The author did a wonderful job crafting Dexter to be the complete opposite of his fraternal brother, Dusty. As I dove deeper and deeper into the storyline, I wanted Dexter to be the one to win over Josie’s heart once and for all. This was the way it was supposed to be from the beginning and I wanted him to fight for what he wanted and truly deserved. This cowboy series is definitely a keeper in my library and I think you’ll love it as much as I do! Don’t let this series pass you by!