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Monday, March 5, 2012

A Cowboy in Manhattan by Barbara Dunlop

A Cowboy in Manhattan by Barbara Dunlop
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (192 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

He is Colorado to the core. And after an unexpected family reunion, Reed Terrell is also an overnight millionaire. But the cattle rancher's biggest surprise is his attraction to Katrina Jacobs. For as much as Reed is quintessential cowboy, she is pure city-slicker.

Even with passions riding high, Reed knows an affair with Katrina can't continue. She'd once lived the ranch life and long ago decided it wasn't for her. Though every fiber of his being yearns for the country, can Reed risk losing the only woman who makes him crave something more?

Cowboy, millionaire with sex appeal to boot... where do I sign up?

Ms. Dunlop has written an intriguing romance with this book. The words flow on the pages and I had to know more. The story line comes across in a very matter of fact way. It's like sitting in your kitchen with old friends and listening to them talk about their lives. I felt like I was right there with them, going through the story.

Reed and Katrina are quite the pair. Total opposites. They reminded me of the old Donny and Marie song, "A Little Bit Country." She was very much a city girl. He personifies country manners. Now don't let me get ahead of myself. While I liked the characters, there were things about them that had me scratching my head. Reed is almost too perfect. He knows what to do to make her happy, does it at just the right moment. It's sexy because I could tell he cared and she was his whole world. At the same time he was almost too good to be true. But it wasn't a deal breaker for the story. I still loved him. Katrina has her own ball of originality. There were more than a few times I wanted to bop her over the head. She comes across very snobby and needy at times. For a city girl, I thought she could've used a little more backbone.

Now don't let those small factors be deterrents against this story. Far from it. There's a definite chemistry between Katrina and Reed that jumped from the pages. I rooted for them to get together and stay together. Reading about them realizing what they knew all along was a great journey I'll gladly take again and again.

If you want a book that's a little quirky and packing heat as well as heart, then this is the book for you.