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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Review: Cowboys Make Better Lovers

Cowboys Make Better Lovers
by Kelly Wallace

When Sarah Collins loses her only sister in a car accident, she’s surprised to learn that guardianship of her two nephews and infant niece has fallen equally to her and her brother-in-law. Sarah’s not ready to be a parent, but can she trust playboy Raif Manning to do the job?

Raif, an illustrious photographer, is ready, willing, and eager to give up his wild bachelor lifestyle. He’s just purchased an old, rundown farmhouse in Kansas and his number one priority is to restore it as the perfect place to raise his new family. Raif knows that he has to have a proper home for the kids if he’s going to convince Sarah to give him sole custody.

But when Sarah shows up on Raif’s doorstep he’s completely unprepared. The house is in shambles, the kids are running amuck, and what’s worse? As soon as Raif gets an eyeful of the sexy Sarah with her sassy attitude and completely transparent suit of armor, he falls hard and fast. Little does Raif realize that while he’s trying to find a way to lure Sarah into bed, she’s finding her way into Raif’s heart and helping him realize his dreams.

"Cowboys Make Better Lovers" is a contemporary romance that is a bit slow at the start. Some of the initial passages were written in a form of the 'stream of consciousness' style, which can come across as a bit disjointed at times. The style does offer punch, and immediacy, and here, it certainly brings us closer to understanding the mind and opinions of the main character, Sarah. Changes in point of view, early on, and some punctuation choices also add a bit of a jarring note.

However, the storyline is interesting and well-developed. The heroine -- not someone a reader will particularly admire at the start -- does change and develop throughout. The hero is an absolutely gorgeous cowboy, who is every bit as stubborn as she is. Other characters offer a nice range, from sweet to strong and complex.

The sexual attraction between the main characters continually adds to the storyline, but the absolutely best point in "Cowboys Make Better Lovers" is the dialogue. It is sharp, believable, and frequently witty. The dialogue frequently features the two main characters, both sharp-tongued and opinionated.

Wallace's romance is a lot like its main characters: sexy, revealing, and at times, even provoking.

Review by Snapdragon