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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One Brave Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle

One Brave Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe

"The name's Cougar. Just Cougar. One name is enough."

Behind the bravado was a complex man. War hero. "Indian cowboy." Walking wounded in search of answers. Cougar needed to build a new life, and he'd start with what he loved most. Horses. Which brought him to the Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary. And into the orbit of ranch volunteer Celia Banyon and her very special son.

The boy had suffered an unspeakable accident, and his mother felt unspeakable guilt. But something about Cougar brought her back from the brink. He represented her chance to be a woman again. Now, suddenly, one name wasn't enough for what they could have if they'd just let themselves. Healing. Love. Family. Forever. In fact, the possibilities were endless….

Cougar was looking for a place to heal. He was wounded badly in war and came home to find out his younger brother had sold his horses. That was another wound to his heart.

Ms. Eagle does an excellent job of combining several issues into her story: war trauma, spousal abuse, an abused and traumatized child, and horse therapy. She wends Indian history in the story through the Native American characters she has in the story. Her plot is real, the story flows well, and you immediately empathize with Celia who is trying to avoid her ex-husband and protect her son. She makes her male character strong in character and body both, and soon he’s trying to run interference.

The Double D Wild Horse Sanctuary is a sanctuary for the people there as well the horses. Cougar knows horses (as does the author based on her writing) and he has hopes the works will sooth his war wounds and help him recover. The young boy who acts as if he’s deaf and mute also loves the horses, even if he feels Celia is a bit overprotective. Most moms are.
Personally, I would have been a little rougher on the ex-husband. However, how the author handles it is the best solution.

This is an easy read that is very entertaining. I enjoyed the Indian cowboy touch, and how the author ended the story. It’s fun to read such a satisfying story.

Why not snag a copy of this book and hang out with the wounded warriors and the pretty horses? You won’t regret it.