Monday, January 2, 2012

Cheesy Romance Monday (5)

Happy New Year!  My new feature, Cheesy Romance Monday (feel free to meme if you want), took a break for the holidays because I was insanely busy and couldn't even keep up with my library holds - but now I'm back with a new book review!

Samantha and the Cowboy
Lorraine Heath
Subgenre: Western, YA
Goodreads link

Samantha and the Cowboy is the first in the Avon True Romance series, started in the early 2000s for teens.  I vaguely recall reading one or two of these when I was in high school and I wanted something fun to get back into Cheesy Romance Monday.  I was not disappointed by Samantha and the Cowboy!

Right after the Civil War, Samantha's family is hard up for cash with their father gone and their farm failing.  When Samantha sees an ad at the store to join a herding group for one hundred dollars, she cuts her hair and steals some of her brother's clothes to join.  But what she doesn't expect is to fall for her fellow cowboy, Matt, who has been put in charge of teaching her the ropes.

This was a unique romance in that half the book was spent with one half of the couple not knowing what was going on!  Matt had no idea that Sam was actually a girl and no idea that he was going to fall in love with her.  This book definitely had the element of surprise going for it, and it was very quick, cute read for my Sunday.  I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

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