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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Bluebonnet Café by P.A. Borel

The Bluebonnet Café by P.A. Borel
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (75 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

A small cowbell tinkles above the dining room door of the financially struggling Bluebonnet Café.

The sound of a lone pair of cowboy boots rings out against the wooden floor.

Confusion, anger, and attraction twist together within Avery Livingston, as she comes face to face with Will Steele.

A year ago, without a word, this man left Wayback, leaving her love for him to wither away in a trail of dust. Now he's returned to seek her forgiveness, but doubt holds her back. Can he be trusted? Or will he ride away again, disappearing with the rodeo crowd at the end of the season? Can a cowboy auction at the Blue Bug Saloon save the café and rope this cowgirl's heart once more?

The Bluebonnet Café is a story about returning home, making amends, and second chances.

When Will Steele returns to Wayback following his father’s stroke, he knows he has apologies to make and fences to mend. Leaving behind his family and friends was bad, but is nothing compared to the agonizing memories of the woman he’s never forgotten. Can he garner Avery’s forgiveness and prove he’s no longer a wild mustang searching for greener pastures? After all, Avery Livingston has changed and is no longer the carefree spirit he remembers. Her parent’s deaths have left her struggling to keep their café afloat, and she isn’t willing to cut him a break. Determined to win Avery’s trust and heart, Will takes action and devises a plan to save her business, gain her notice, and prove he’s in for the long haul. Soon, she is viewing him through different eyes, and a love is rekindled.

The Bluebonnet Café is an enjoyable story with likeable characters. Avery is wonderful as a woman who has lost so much but stands to lose even more without Will’s help, while Will is a man who is willing to do anything and everything he can to regain Avery’s love. Will manages to snare your heart as his dedication to Avery remains true throughout, redeeming him in the eyes of both the reader and the heroine. I enjoyed their playful scenes as much as their reflective and intimate ones.

My only criticism is that the reason(s) for Will’s departure remain rather sketchy, and I would have liked to know what caused his departure from Wayback, as well as Avery’s part in his decision. As it is a vital part of the premise, it seemed odd that the information was all but omitted. Otherwise, The Bluebonnet Café is a quick and enjoyable read. You’ll soar through the pages from start to finish with nary a glance at the clock, and when you finish, you’ll have a smile on your face.

If you’re in the mood for an easy read that will tug at your heart, give The Bluebonnet Café a try. Fans of contemporary cowboy romance are sure to enjoy this one.