About the book:
Title: Cowboy Stole My Heart (River Ranch #1)
Author: Soraya Lane
Published: January 2nd 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Source: received from the publisher, in exchange for a review
Format: e-copy (via NetGalley)
It takes true grit to build a billion-dollar dynasty like the Ford family ranch. But when it comes to finding love, all it takes is one handsome cowboy to steal a woman’s heart in Cowboy Stole My Heart by Soraya Lane.
SHE’S RIDING SOLO
As one of the heirs to the River Ranch fortune, Mia Ford is practically Texas royalty. But that doesn’t mean she’s some pampered princess. She can saddle up and ride a horse as well as any man, even a hard-working cowboy like Sam Mendes. For years, she’s harbored a crush on the strong, silent horseman. But how can she make a move when she’s his boss?
HE’S TAKING THE REINS
Sam Mendes is through with love—or so he thought. Still recovering from a breakup, he’s doing everything in his power to resist Mia Ford. It’s bad enough she’s the kind of beauty who drives men wild with desire. It’s even worse she’s got him so worked up, aching to kiss her lips, when he’s supposed to be working her ranch. Is this lovestruck cowboy willing to risk losing his job—and breaking his heart—to win the girl of his dreams?
The “River Ranch” series start off quite well. Do not expect something overly explosive in this first book, it is a normal development of a relationship, with a little something on the sides. And that is why I liked it. Nothing bad to say about it, but here are my thoughts.
As the blurb says, both our main characters come from different environments and have worked a lot to become independent. And that is just one of the thinks that links them. Mia is training to be the best jumper, working every day with her horse. Sam has built a career from his passion, tending horses, and now has more success than he could ever dreamed of. A beautiful stallion brings them together when Mia’s father hires Sam to help out with Tax.
All need healing. Sam wants to mend his broken heart. Mia wants to make peace with her friend’s passing. Tax, well, he is as arrogant and as stubborn as our characters. Oh, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, Tax is the stallion in discussion.
The relationship starts with changing those bad first impressions and then continues with physical attraction. Nothing more can happen. She doesn’t have time, he doesn’t have the heart to be involved in something serious. One way or another, they will have to overcome the preconceptions and errors in judgment.
My favorite item in this book was definitely Tax. The author has created a mirrored image of our characters and, to a point, their relationship goes in line with Tax’s own healing and taming process. I think this is a fine detail to include in a story that would otherwise be a simple romance.
All in all, if it hadn’t been for the abrupt ending and my own pickiness, I would have gone with 5 stars. But because I am me, I’ll go with 4 and looking forward for the other books in the series.
About the Author
As a child, Soraya Lane dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as “the best career in the world”, and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come.
Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze. She is the author of The Devil Wears Spurs, Cowboy Take Me Away, and I Knew You Were Trouble.