Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: Reclaiming The Cowboy by Kathleen O'Brien

Reclaiming the Cowboy
Kathleen O'Brien
Series: The Sisters of Bell River Ranch
Harlequin Super Romance
October, 2014

Buy: All Romance / Amazon / BN / Kobo

Rating: 4/5

About the Book

This cowboy isn't so easy to catch!

When Mitch Garwood ran away with Bonnie O'Mara, he thought he'd found forever. But all his dreams crashed the morning he woke alone. Months later, he's immune to her reappearance. Even if she's now using her real name--Annabelle Irving--and ready to tell him her secrets, he's done.

Too bad the situation is not that simple. Annabelle's willingness to leave her money and position behind so she can work at Bell River Ranch and be near him surprises Mitch. Despite his resolve, the spark of attraction flares again. The most compelling part? Her determination to win him back!

My Review

Reclaiming the Cowboy concludes a series by Kathleen O'Brien that, the first book of which, caught my eye last year while looking for incentive eligible books for an All Romance rebate sale. Wild for the Sheriff was set in Colorado and offered a touch of suspense with a second chances trope between Rowena Wright and local lawman Dallas. Subsequent books (Betting on the CowboyThe Ranch She Left BehindThe Secrets of Bell River) covered the stories of the remaining Wright sisters, separated by tragedy and reunited through the promise of success with a ranch resort. Throughout each book, a subplot involving the relationship of Dallas's brother Mitch with the mysterious ranch worker Bonnie wove through the conflicts and romantic tensions. Reclaiming brings a satisfying closure to this series.

Second chances remain a strong theme in these books, and in the case of Mitch and Bonnie/Belle there's a greater struggle. Trust is tested as Belle balances the life she escaped with the one created at Bell River. Though Mitch wants to move forward, and other women in town offer to help, he finds he can't shake Bonnie/Belle despite his anger. It's justified, but I find he's written well and deserves an HEA as much as anybody in the book.

Though I've read all five books, I don't think it's necessary to backtrack to enjoy Reclaiming. Five books to me is a good number for series - I enjoyed my time at Bell River.

Book was purchased.

Leigh Ellwood is the author of "Holiday Bliss" in the HOT HOLIDAY TREATS box set (ARe - Amazon)

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