Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review - Cowboy, Cross my Heart

Author:  Donna Grant
Series:  Heart of Texas #2
Genre:   Romance
Publisher:   St. Martin's Press
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  304
Date of Publication:  August 28, 2018
My Rating:   4 Stars 

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant takes you deep inside the Texas rodeo scene, where danger and desire ride side by side. . .

Naomi Pierce isn't the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It's not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can't help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol'-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it's one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye...

Brice Harper is all man, all muscle, and all heart. From the moment he rides into the stadium, he can't help but notice the beautiful stranger with a camera watching him fromthe stands. It doesn't take a zoom lens to see the sparks of instant attraction. But things really heat up when he meets Naomi up-close--and he discovers that someone is stalking her friend. Brice wouldn't be any kind ofcowboy if he didn't offer to help the ladies out. But can the rough rider keep this spirited shutterbug out of danger--without risking his heart?


Naomi Pierce is a photographer working on a project for her friend Whitney Nolan at a rodeo. Her job of snapping photos for Whitney gets a bit sidetracked when she spots cowboy Brice Harper. She can't take her eyes of him. Brice has the same reaction. He sees her watching him and notices that something is happening to both of them.

Romance takes second place however. It sadly becomes apparent rather quickly that Whitney is being stalked. When things get really hairy, Brice cannot help but to step in. His motives are pure, but he has cause for doubt. There is just something about Naomi that pulls hat his heartstrings. Brice has a history, however.

When he was a boy of eight, his mother walked out on him, his sister and younger brother. While his sister Abby did a fine job of raising him, he was truly affected by the abandonment that they all experienced. But, he is a good man, and even offers to have Abby stay with him when the danger affecting her friend Whitney gets a little too close.

Not only does Brice work at the rodeo with his brother Caleb, they both work for the East Farm. Brice started at the farm years ago after he got caught up in castle rustling and stole some of the farm's cattle. That experience changed his life, and he became a true cowboy.

Naomi might be a photographer that is only passing through, but with Whitney in trouble, and with al the help Naomi is getting from Brice, and by extension, his family, Naomi has a lot of reasons to think about staying around. Not only does she need to know what is really going on with Whitney, Abby also realizes that she missed a lot from the years she was away from ranching. Given the chance to draw closer to Brice certainly has its benefits.

This story was done very well, and loses a star in rating only because as much as the romance did indeed grow, the element of mystery and intense danger seemed more prevalent. Otherwise it was a great addition to the Heart of Texas series, and I did enjoy reading it.

Other stories in this series is The Christmas Cowboy Hero and My Favorite Cowboy. The next book in the series, A Cowboy Like You, is set for release in August.

Review for The Christmas Cowboy Hero


Donna is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels. Her most popular series is the breathtaking Dark King (aka Dragon King) series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.

In addition to her novels, Donna has written over forty short stories, novellas, and novelettes for digital-first and print release. She has been dubbed as giving the “paranormal genre a burst of fresh air” by the San Francisco Book Review. Her work has been hailed as having “deft plotting and expert characterization” by Publisher’s Weekly and “sizzling” by RT Book Reviews.

She has been recognized with awards from both bookseller and reader contests including the National Reader’s Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, as well as the coveted K.I.S.S. Award from RT Book Reviews. 

Donna travels often for various speaking engagements, conferences, and book signings. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at national conferences such as RT Book Lovers Convention and Thrillerfest, as well as local chapters.

Born and raised in Texas, she also has ties across the border in Louisiana. Growing up with two such vibrant cultures, her Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding. She is never far from her faithful 80 pound dog, Sisko, or her three cats. She can often be found at the movies or bookstore with her children. Or buying makeup. And shoes.

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