I like cowboys. They exude old fashioned values and a code of honor that is quickly fading in today’s high tech world. Cowboys reign at the heart of romance. They’re awesome alpha males. Just the sight of a cute butt in tight wranglers, a pair of scruffy boots peeking from beneath a duster, or a Stetson pulled low over a weathered face makes my heart race. And if a cowboy should tip his hat and say, “Howdy, ma’am” . . . well, you’ll have to pick me up off the floor because I’ll be in full swoon.
So when given the chance to review an old fashioned western romance, complete with a cowboy hero and a feisty heroine, how could I say no?
“To Tame A Montana Heart” by Dawn Luedecke unfolds slowly, like a gentle stream meandering across the heartland – until it reaches the foothills where it quickly takes on speed and transforms into a rolling, rollicking mass of white water filled with excitement and a hint of danger. Hang on, because it’s a wild ride.
I loved Travis Simms, the multi-faceted hero who has come to Montana to build a hotel and nurse a broken heart. His efforts to act the gentleman around Dusty Jean Larson backfire when the high-spirited cowgirl scoffs at his polite ways. She’d much rather be busting broncs or fishing in the nearest river. Travis has never met a woman like Dusty. Even though it’s obvious she can take care of herself, he still appoints himself as a guardian to the wild, beautiful blonde.
Their sparring is fueled by the dubious outcome of a horse race where Dusty insists she won Travis’ stallion, Ghost. And so begins a series of sneaky attempts to steal his horse – only to be stolen back by Travis. They eventually call a truce but the competitive angst between the two is always apparent.
The story is filled with one adventure after another from chasing outlaws to confronting Native Americans from the nearby reservation to being duped by Travis’ twin brother and his conniving wife. Ms. Luedecke kept the flavor of the old west throughout the book, and did a wonderful job building a cast of colorful supporting characters. It has a little spice but not so much that you’d be embarrassed to have your older teen or mother reading the same book.
If you love historical westerns blended with a sweet romance, you’ll enjoy “To Tame A Montana Heart”.
To Tame a Montana Heart
Montana Girl Series, Book One
Genre: Western Historical
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Number of pages: 308
Word Count: 87,193
Cover Artist: Tina Lynn
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/nhBEPCsswTs
Running from a past of privilege, deceit, and danger, Travis Simms is ready to settle down. What better place to forget all he left behind than the quiet little Montana town of Lolo Hot Springs? His goal is clear — build a hotel and his own destiny without complications —until one of the town’s most troublesome women captures his attention.
Dusty Larson is hell bent on independence, helping her sister run the Triple D Ranch. She can do anything a man can, and do it better, so she certainly doesn’t need one in her life. The only problem is she seems to attract bad luck and danger…and Travis. Can he tame her wild ways and keep his bachelor status intact — or does he risk losing his heart?
She watched him with care. “I don’t know if I love you. I like you, a lot, but I don’t have the slightest idea what love feels like.”
Travis’ smile grew slowly across his face. “I understand. I’m not sure if I love you or not, but I also don’t think I could live without you. So you will always have that.” His voice was almost a whisper when he said the last.
“Truly?” Her voice cracked and she had to force herself to breathe easy.
She inclined her head and took two brisk steps toward him. She leaned over and kissed him with all the fever of a thousand fires. He reached up and intertwined his hand through her hair to hold her still as he plundered her mouth.
She released him with a shaky breath and jumped back to turn on her heels. “Put something nice on. I’ll be back with a preacher man.”
“You know, I heard you only have to say ‘I marry you’ three times and then you’re hitched.”
She threw him a sassy look and slammed the door shut.
A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies.
When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving a successful tour in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. She enjoys writing historical and paranormal romance and spends as much time as she can working on her current manuscript.
For more information visit www.dawnluedecke.com