Well where have I been – How have I missed getting to know Sara Richardson. Welcome to a wondrous story about love and family and finding your way. Welcome to Sara Richardson’s new series – Rocky Mountain Riders – HOMETOWN COWBOY. Powerfully real and heartwarming and sexy.
HOMETOWN COWBOY centers on the Cortez family, a family of men who had to learn to manage without the benefits of a wife and mother that simply left. But we all know there is nothing simple about leaving behind a husband and sons for anyone involved. Everyone reacts and the reactions are as varied as those left behind. Each person found themselves floundering in their new normal and mistakes were made.
Luis and his sons Lance, Lucas and Levi managed – yes that’s about the best you can say for what transpired over the years – they managed and mostly not too well. The boys were basically left in the care of the eldest son Lance but their joint decisions were not always the best no matter the intention. You know what they say about best intentions.
So here we are many years later with Luis and Lance running the family ranch while Lance trains for the biggest bull riding contest – the one with the most prestige and money – the event that for all intents and purposes most insiders feel he isn’t going to win. Lance wants this win and for all practical purposes has devoted himself totally toward that end. Candidly it’s not as if Lance has much of a personal life apart from his bull riding. And that seems to suit him just fine.
Both Lucas and Levi are living their own lives distancing themselves from Luis and Lance. Life had become complicated and none of the Cortez men knew squat about a normal life and love.
When Lance started to notice Jessa it was an awakening of sorts. Why was this one woman able to get under the tough cowboys skin. Lance did not do relationships. Jessa did not do flings. Being together might require a compromise but Jessa was, simply put, tired of settling for less than true love and Lance wouldn’t know love if it smacked him in the face.
The chemistry between Jessa and Lance is hot but without someone tending to the fire it is doomed to pitter out and die. The problem isn’t the chemistry – it’s the lack of what is needed for staying power – love. Jessa is candidly scared to admit that her heart is becoming invested in her friendship with Lance. She has put herself out there before and still reels from the crash and burn. Lance uses Jessa’s caring nature and compassion to keep her company which he is beginning to crave – much to his dismay. But in the end neither one stands a chance of winning this most important event to their lives without some grit. The same grit that Lance utilizes in competing in bull riding – he needs to redirect to his relationship with his Jessa. Let the games begin.
There isn’t a character in HOMETOWN COWBOY that doesn’t garner a spot in your heart. Sara Richardson has made them all complex and wonderfully real with flaws. In HOMETOWN COWBOY Sara Richardson centers on Lance and Jessa but also provides bits and pieces about the other folks we meet. Candidly my interest has been roused and I can’t wait for this series to continue.
NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH A COWBOY
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 . . .