A Cowgirl's Pride by Lorraine Nelson
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (152 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Sage
Leah Manning grew up among so many domineering, protective males that it left her frustrated, longing for a different life. Her family couldn't understand that she needed to dance. Unknowingly, she'd embroiled herself in a deadly game from which there seemed no way out. Now she was home. Would they welcome her back? What if trouble followed? Most importantly, did Cal still work the ranch?
Brian Calhoun, Cal to his friends, hated Leah when she'd left, but hated himself even more for not going after her. Now she was back and more lovely than ever. Would his adolescent love for her return, develop into something more, or die a slow death at the hands of this new Leah?
Trouble does follow Leah home, and her ex will stop at nothing—even murder—to silence her. Will the terror draw Leah and Cal closer together or drive them apart forever?
Leah Manning is back to her hometown, and trouble followed her along the way.
As the story opens, the reader is thrown into Leah's life and the trouble she's in. We see it through her eyes as she witnesses a crime. I instantly sympathized with her and wanted to read the rest of her story. When Leah comes back home, her family takes her in with open arms. I enjoyed watching the interaction between this large cast of characters. They all loved each other. No one judged Leah for the choices she made. These characters were the heart of the story.
There was the trouble that followed Leah home and the suspense of the story. Her jealous, psycho ex-boyfriend wanted her all to himself, and if he can't have her then no one can. Every time Leah turned around, the threat of him killing her or hurting one of the people she cared for became more real.
The story flowed like water through the first half of the book and I couldn't put it down. However, near the middle I found a stumbling block. The reason was the heroine herself. She was too perfect and too pretty. I'm not a big fan of "Mary Sue" type characters and that's the best way to describe Leah. It would have been nice if she would have had some character flaws or quirks. The supporting characters were much more enjoyable than the lead and they were the ones that pulled this story together.
As a whole, I did enjoy the book. The plot was entertaining and the supporting cast was enjoyable. I especially liked Michael, and was mildly annoyed that he was attracted to Leah. I could picture him with a much stronger and sassier woman in his life. I would really like to see Ms. Nelson add to the Thunder Creek Ranch collection by writing Michael his own story.
I would recommend the story to other readers who enjoy a good romantic suspense.