Saturday, 19 January 2019

#BlogTour #BookReview: There's Something about a Cowboy @RichAmooi @rararesources

There's Something about a Cowboy

Written by Rich Amooi


Published by Independently Published
Genre Romantic Comedy
Pages 264

My thanks to author Rich Amooi, and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for There's Something about a Cowboy, and a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The blurb:

There’s Something About a Cowboy
Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.
A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.

My thoughts:

Forty-five year old Amy Weaver meets the younger and multi-talented Luke Jenkins whilst out on the town with her niece Jennie. At twenty-two, Jennie is getting over the recent split from her fiancé and is ready to date again, but Amy is not looking for anyone, and fights the attraction she immediately feels for Luke.

Greg Weaver, Amy's father, is determined that she should marry Nathan, her ex-fiancé, and tries to push them together at every opportunity. When Amy goes home to the family farm in Julian for her grandpa's ninetieth birthday, she hires Luke to be her fake fiancé for a week to prevent her father from pushing Nathan at her.

It transpires there is a reason that Greg needs Amy to marry Nathan, but after some serious competition between Luke and Nathan for a date with Amy, Nathan backs off and Amy finds out about the deal between Nathan and Greg.

Just when things start to look as though Luke and Amy will become a permanent item, there's a communication hiccough, caused in part by a disgruntled Greg, that sees the two of them going their separate ways.

What sounds on paper like a formulaic romance, involving a fake boyfriend that turns into the real deal, is really very funny and entertaining. The main characters are particularly well-drawn, but I also loved Grams and Grandpa Leo, a couple who have maintained a long and happy relationship, and are supportive of Amy in her choices. They also quickly take to Luke, and Grandpa Leo helps Luke to beat Nathan and win the date with Amy, obviously realising that Greg will have stacked the deck in Nathans' favour. The reader is not meant to like Greg, and I definitely didn't! He comes across as selfish and controlling, but appears happy in the end, once he steps down as CEO of Pie in the Sky, the family business.

This was another fantastic treat from Amooi - whether you like cowboys or not. It's well written, humorous and easy to follow. I am looking forward to reading Happy to be Stuck with You, next!

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Author Bio –

Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy's Perspective.

Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time.

He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain.

Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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