Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Cowboy Like You (Heart of Texas #4), by Donna Grant

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250250049, November 2019

Skylar Long is fleeing her abusive boyfriend. More by instinct than planning, she's arrived in her old home town just in time for local sheriff and high school crush Danny Oldman to rescue her and arrest the boyfriend who has pursued her and finally caught up with her.

What she doesn't know, but they both soon discover, is that Matt Gaudette's wealthy and connected family has been covering up his "indiscretions" since he was in high school. Matt never willingly lets any woman go, and this time he's absolutely determined that either Skylar comes back to him, or no one else will get her--ever.

This is the fourth in the Heart of Texas series, so readers of previous books will be familiar with Danny's friends. These include a ranch-owning family who place a high value on both friendship and security, an impressively badass woman lawyer, and former members of the various US military Special Forces. Matt Gaudette doesn't have friends, exactly, but he does have money, and has been doing this for years, so he knows where to buy all the skills he needs to be a major threat to Skylar, Danny, and anyone else who annoys him.

I love Danny and his friends, and Skylar, too. Despite her absolute need for help and support in this crisis, she's by no mean a helpless damsel in distress. She's a strong, determined woman, and has skills and resources of her own. At no point does the story simplify or understate the problem of domestic abuse, and the challenges women face in trying to get away from their abusers. At the same time, it remains an enjoyable, satisfying romance.


I received a free electronic of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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