Award-winning author Rebekah Weatherspoon delivers a charming contemporary tale about a brawny rancher, a brainy beauty—and a beast of a predicament . . .
Ranch owner Jesse Pleasant always felt too big for his desert town—literally—and too brutish to fit in with his charming, cowboy brothers. After his temper gets the best of him one time too many, he’s ready to accept the truth: he’s cursed to be alone. But when the Senate selection committee comes looking for a man of his public standing, he knows this might be his chance to prove to his family and friends that he can keep his cool, all while giving back to his community. There’s only one problem. While Jesse definitely has a mind for business, his people skills are more than lacking.
Former tech consultant Lily-Grace Leroux has had it up to her hat with hot-tempered men who think they know what’s best, especially a big headed rancher set on keeping her widowed father from dating his grandmother. But after Lily-Grace learns of Jesse’s softer side during a painfully awkward showing at a community date auction, one thing becomes clear; while Jesse Pleasant is not ready to run for public office, he might be ready for love. Against her better judgement and despite their rocky start, Lily-Grace warms to the sparks flying between them. She never dreamed they would build their own connection, one destined for its own happily ever after . . .
Praise for Cowboys of California
“A gorgeous country setting, engaging multicultural characters, and sweet but passionate love scenes makes this a charming start.”
—Booklist STARRED REVIEW for A Cowboy to Remember
“This steamy fairy tale shines by serving realistic conflict alongside swoon-worthy romance.”
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW for If the Boot Fits
Weatherspoon sends out her Cowboys of California series (after If the Boot Fits) in style with an exciting romance about a reformed alpha hero. Jesse Pleasant knows he can be a lot to handle. He carries the weight of the world or at least of his responsibilities to his large family on his broad shoulders and his temper often gets the best of him. When he walks in on his grandmother, Miss Leona, the Pleasant clan's matriarch, and her new beaux, August LeRoux, mid-tryst, he responds with irrational anger, pulling August off Miss Leona and accidentally breaking his wrist. This outburst earns him the ire of August's no-nonsense daughter, Lily-Grace, who has no space in her life for belligerent men after leaving her career in male-dominated Silicon Valley. After confronting Jesse about his actions, she writes him off entirely but as Jesse realizes he needs professional help coping with his anger management issues, Lily-Grace realizes there's more to Jesse than meets the eye. Jesse's trajectory is more fully realized than Lily-Grace's career struggles, but it's so refreshing to see a romance hero in therapy that many readers won't mind the imbalance. The focus on mental health and emotional support makes this cute western rom-com sing. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary.