Ever since her parents passed away in a tragic car accident, Eden Cross has been living a quiet, stable and predictable life in inner Sydney – the total opposite of her carefree, relaxed, happy-go-lucky past. Her parents passing and the fact she’s an only child meant Eden was left with her best friend, Jules and Matt, her boyfriend of three years as her only family. That was until she discovered something about Matt that would turn her life upside down. Eden leaves Sydney in a hurry and begins an adventure that takes her across four Australian states before she lands in Pine Creek, Northern Territory.
Jackson Henley has lived in Pine Creek his entire life. He runs a massive cattle and cropping station with his twin brother, Jeremy, which they inherited when their parents retired. He’s had a bad experience with relationships courtesy of The Bitch – Dannika, so lately he’s preferred to play the field. That is, until he comes face to face with the stunning brunette beauty who’s behind the bar at the Cow and Calf. The problem is, she won’t tell him her name, she won’t give him the time of day, and she won’t give him a chance to prove himself.
What’s it going to take for Eden to give Jackson a chance? Does he have the patience to even bother fighting for her? How will he handle the competition?
In the end, will Jackson have what it takes to convince Eden to start living again, instead of just existing?
Rating 4 out of 5
I have figured out a new way to determine if a book is good. When your husband asks if you’re ready to watch a movie and you growl at him because you don’t want to stop reading, then it’s a good book. And last night while reading Cowboy Town, I growled. Actually growled! And then I finished my book while he shook his head and went off to do man stuff.
Cowboy Town was sweet and sexy. I giggled over Eden’s frustrations with Matt and my heart broke for her when his douchbaggery was revealed. I found her character to be very brave for leaving and venturing on her adventure. Sometimes the easiest way to find yourself is to get lost. Eden was found when she landed in Pine Creek. And everyone should have a best friend like Jules.
The town is full of characters. Doreen the local pub owner was so easy to like. She welcomed Eden and had her settled in no time. And Skip. You gotta love an old man like Skip. Every small town has a Skip. He’s in and out of the pub every day and always has a kind word for Eden. Eden feels as home in Pine Creek and who wouldn’t when everyone is so kind and welcoming.
And then there’s the annoyingly sexy cowboy, Jackson. When he told Eden, “So you can mark my words when I say that by the end of this I’m gonna know your name, and everything else there is to know about you.” I totally swooned and melted in my chair. I was sold and I watched the events play out with a smile on my face.
Kasey Millstead has a cool writing style that feels very natural and real. The characters, the town, the progression of the story, even the romance just flows without forced transitions or confusion. The sex scenes were well written and very steamy. I wasn’t expecting such steamy sex scenes in such a sweet story, but Mrs. Millstead put me in my place and showed me that even the sweetest cowboys can make you squirm in your seat and set your girly parts all a tingling.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be watching for the next in the series, Sky Cowboy. An excerpt can be found at the end of Cowboy Town. It will be Ava and Jeremy’s story. There’s some history there that was only hinted at in this book, so I am intrigued. Hopefully Jackson’s brother can make me squirm, too!
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