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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Cowboy's Dream by Anna Kathryn Lanier

A Cowboy's Dream by Anna Kathryn Lanier
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Holiday
Length: Short story
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Lilac

Author Leah Smith has fantasized about her neighbor, Houston’s pro baseball player Marcus Slade, for years, but thinks it’s unlikely she’d catch the cowboy’s interest since her IQ is bigger than her bra size. Having already been hurt by a man who wanted size over substance, she’s not in a hurry to play in that ball field again.

When an unexpected opportunity gets Marcus inside his favorite author’s apartment, he’s not about to let a second chance at love pass him by. Their attraction is quick and electric and has him instantly thinking about something more long-term. But when a woman from his past intrudes, his hopes of a cozy Christmas with Leah are buried beneath her cold shoulder.

Risking a strikeout, Marcus has one chance left...go for the grand slam of his life and crash Leah's annual Christmas Eve party in hopes of convincing her she’s this Cowboy’s Dream.

Historical romance author, Leah Smith, has lusted after her upstairs neighbor, Marcus Slade for years. Having seen the type of women he goes out with, she knows her chances with the pro baseball player are slim, but that all changes when a chance encounter leads to an invite to dinner from Marcus who wants to help her celebrate her new release. A big fan of her work, Marcus is thrilled with the chance to spend time with one of his favorite authors. The attraction and chemistry between the two is instant, but when they encounter an old acquaintance of Marcus’s, Leah’s belief that she is not his type is reinforced and she decides to distance herself. Marcus, however, believes Leah could be the one for him and he is not ready to say goodbye.

"A Cowboy’s Dream" is a wonderful story about two people who seem destined to be together. I loved the characters of the story and their romance was wonderful to watch progress. Having been hurt in the past, Leah is reluctant to get involved with anyone, but Marcus is determined to break down her barriers. He was a fascinating character and I loved the fact that he read romance novels.

If you are looking for a quick and sweet holiday read, then I would recommend "A Cowboy’s Dream."