A rugged bachelor is up for charity auction in this special Valentine's Day romance from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.
Jack Watson doesn't want anything to do with the dating scene in Painted Barrel, Wyoming, but when his sister-in-law guilts him into joining a bachelor auction, Jack can't say no to a charity event. He's not totally heartless. And if all the winner wants is an extra ranch hand for a few days, he can do that. Of course, Jack changes his mind as soon as he meets the winner, shy Layla.
As the local accountant, Layla isn't used to being noticed by men. She's sure not the type to bid on a bachelor. But when she tells her mom she’s bidding on someone she has a crush on—and her mom shows up to check—she has no choice but to offer for the gruff cowboy. It's for a good cause after all…
Neither one of them thought the auction would be a success. But Layla finds it hard to keep her hands off the cowboy, and Jack falls for her sweet smile and wild sense of humor. True love should run smoothly, right? Except Layla's got a secret, and Jack's right in the line of fire. Does she risk everything for her Valentine cowboy or does she betray those closest to her?
A shy accountant gets a lot of bang for her buck in Clare's satisfying sixth Wyoming Cowboys romance (after Her Christmas Cowboy). Layla Schmidt's narcissistic mother, Janet, is aware of her daughter's attraction to cocky cowboy Jack Watson and attempts to outbid her for a date with him at the Painted Barrel, Wyo., Animal Shelter's bachelor auction fund-raiser which is just what Layla needs to goad her into acting on her crush. Jack only agreed to participate in the bachelor auction as a favor to his sister-in-law, who runs the shelter, but he's thrilled when Layla, whom he's wanted for months, bids on him. Spending time with her and Oscar, a dachshund they're tricked into co-adopting, becomes Jack's favorite pastime. But when the scheming Janet attempts to interfere in their relationship, Layla who's never been able to stand up to her mother faces a difficult decision. Clare's character work is impeccable: Layla's quick wit belies deep insecurities, and arrogant Jack is humbled by her attention. The other residents of Painted Barrel are as lovely as ever and the story is loaded with small-town charm. The drama never feels manufactured or prolonged, but there's no easy fix either. The result is a delightful series installment.
sassy and quirky characters
THE BACHELOR COWBOY is the sixth instalment in Jessica Clare’s contemporary, adult THE WYOMING COWBOY erotic, romance series focusing on the people who live and work in Painted Barrel, Wyoming. This is CPP accountant Layla Schmidt, and rancher Jack Watson’s story line. THE BACHELOR COWBOY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary.
SOME BACKGROUND: Months earlier Jack, and his brothers Caleb and Hank moved to Painted Barrel, Wyoming from Alaska to help their Uncle Ennis during calving season. Inexperienced in the ways of city living, women and real life the brothers find themselves falling in love in Painted Barrel, Wyoming.
Told from dual third person perspectives (Layla and Jack) THE BACHELOR COWBOY follows in the aftermath of a charity auction where Layla is ‘tasked’ by her friends with bidding on local rancher Jack Watson, an auction meant to raise funds for a much needed animal shelter. With the winning big, not to be outdone by her narcissistic mother Janet, Layla finds herself struggling with the inevitable rejection of the man she ‘purchased’ at her friend’s request but Layla is surprised to discover that Jack has much more than a passing and professional interest in our story line heroine-Jack has been eyeing Layla Schmidt for quite some time. As our couple make good on their charity auction date, Layla finds herself falling for a man she believes is out of her league. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Layla and Jack, and the potential fall-out as betrayal threatens to destroy their future before it begins.
The relationship between Jack and Layla is one of immediate attraction but Layla has battle with issues of low self-esteem, most of her life, brought on by her narcissistic mother, and her need to tear down our heroine, at every opportunity. Jack Watson has never wanted anyone more than he wants Layla Schmidt, but first Jack plans on setting down roots, buying some land for their future plans. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
We are reintroduced to Jack’s brothers and their significant others : Becca and Hank (The Cowboy Meets His Match #4), Amy and Caleb (Her Christmas Cowboy #5): uncle Ennis; feisty but struggling senior Cora, and Layla’s mother Janet.
THE BACHELOR COWBOY is a story of family and friendships, betrayal and lies. The character driven premise is inviting and engaging; the romance is sensitive - the sexual attraction is palpable and real; the characters are sassy, quirky and energetic.