Wednesday, August 18, 2021

ARC Review: All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

All Night Long with a Cowboy

Caitlin Crews
Series: Kittredge Ranch (Book 2)
Publication: St. Martin's Paperbacks (August 24, 2021)

Description: If you play with fire…

One of the most notorious cowboys in Cold River, Jensen Kittredge always has willing women with sweet smiles vying for a place in his bed. So when the prissy high school librarian sidles up to him in the most disreputable bar in town with a scowl on her face, he has no idea what to make of it. Much less the attraction he feels toward the bespectacled creature who wants something from him… but not that. Yet.

Someone gets burned…

Harriett Barnett doesn’t care for dens of iniquity― or the insolent cowboy she certainly shouldn’t find attractive. But one of her students needs her help, and if she needs to corral the infamous Jensen to save him, she will. Trouble is, the town’s favorite Kittredge brother is a lot more than she bargained for. Harriett's happy little life is orderly and neat, just how she likes it―until Jensen blows it all apart with his particular brand of addictive passion. Can a modern-day schoolmarm really tame the wildest cowboy in town? Or is Harriet headed for a terrible fall?

My Thoughts: Harriet Barnett is the new librarian in town; she's only been there three years. Harriet considers herself odd since she doesn't enjoy or even understand so many things that others her age do. She prefers solitude and reading and research. She's perfectly content being known as the local cat lady.

Jensen Kittredge is a local who has a reputation as the town playboy even though he's hiding his facility with numbers and business and he is hiding guilt at the death of one of his high school best friends. He is also a fire jumper which has made him something of a local hero. He's quick with a joke or a laugh and is a bigger than life presence.

The two characters don't sound like they would have much in common. But Harriet needs Jensen to come and be a role model for some students she's working with during summer school. She confronts him in the more disreputable of the local bars and convinces him to come speak to her students.

This starts a romance that changes both of their lives in very positive ways. 

I liked both main characters. I could understand Harriet's desires to march to the beat of her own drummer. Jensen was a great hero, too, once he finally managed to get over the guilt that had been guiding his choices since high school. 

Fans of Western romances who like quirky characters will enjoy this story. 

Favorite Quote:
And as Harriet believed that the only life worth living was one in which a woman could never possibly read all the books she wanted to, adding to that stack made her happy.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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