With his competing days behind him, Wyatt Marshall has settled into ranching life in Marietta, Montana. But with the Copper Mountain Rodeo, his only exception, just around the corner, the last thing he needs is a distraction – especially one in the form of a pretty, yet vaguely familiar country singer.
For Claire Miller, it's been almost a year since she fled Las Vegas with only her purse and the clothes on her back, and she's been laying low in Montana with a new image. When she and her country band travel to perform in the small town of Marietta, she doesn't plan on getting stranded there for several days. Or for an innocent offer to stay at a nearby ranch to turn out to be more than she bargained for: she recognizes its owner to be the same sexy cowboy she got hot and heavy with – then stood up – in Vegas.
With the passion flaring between them and Wyatt getting closer to putting the pieces together, Claire is ready to run again, not knowing the danger that sent her fleeing in the first place is close on her heels.
Romance with a little drama
Would have rated higher, but typos are not good. Editor has to do a better job!
Finding heart and home
Four and a half stars
Protect Me, Cowboy by Shelli Stevens is the first in her Marshall Ranch series. Wyatt Marshall is a rodeo star of sorts, but Marietta is home, and he’s ready to settle down on his family’s ranch and hang up his competition spurs. Claire Miller is in town for the local rodeo, singing with a country band. She doesn’t want to let on that she and Wyatt have met before, but Wyatt’s spidey senses are tingling…
Shelli Stevens’s storytelling is lovely, and Wyatt and Claire’s somewhat reluctant tumble into acknowledging and then acting on their mutual attraction is a pleasure to read. Wyatt’s family and friends are equally enjoyable, and I’m eager to read more about this small town!
Good glimpse of ranch life
Complex characters with good motives. Loved the settings and contrasts