California video game designer Adam Clark knows that, in his business, authenticity is the key. So, for their newest Western adventure game, he and his partners decide to try out Cowboy Camp. Only Adam’s friends never arrive, leaving him a bit—okay, a lot—preoccupied, trying to resist the gorgeous cowgirl who owns the ranch.
Single mom Skye Hawkins is too busy trying to keep her family’s dude ranch out of the red to even think about romance. But she’s having trouble avoiding Adam. He’s smart, he’s sweet, he’s funny…and he’s hot! Maybe it’s the mountain air, but she finds herself letting down her guard. And the fireworks are definitely worth it.
The only problem—they live in totally different worlds. Still, Adam is nothing if not resourceful. Sure, he wants to catch the cowgirl. But more importantly, he needs to find a way to keep her.
Each book in the Cotton Creek Romance series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Romancing the Ranger
Book #2 Hooked on Love
Book #3 Catching the Cowgirl
About the Author
Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship, and intrigue. Jennie writes for Entangled Publishing and she's the Kindle Bestselling author of the Page Turners series, which includes the romantic comedies: Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body, Easy Like Sunday Mourning, Just Another
Maniac Monday, and the latest Between the Pages Holiday Novella - A Cowboy for Christmas.
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One bar? One freaking bar? How far into the boonies was this place that they didn't even have decent cell phone reception?
Adam Clark held up his cell phone and watched the last bar blink away. Great.
His flight had been delayed, and he hadn't heard from either of his coworkers. Brandon and Ryan were flying in from London, and he assumed they'd be waiting for him at the ranch. At least they'd better be.
He sighed. This whole idea of spending a week at a real working dude ranch in Colorado had been Brandon's idea. He'd convinced them it would be great research for the new video game they were working on — and really, what could go wrong? Three computer guys from California acting like cowboys? It sounded like a super plan.
It wouldn't be the first dumb idea Brandon had talked him into. The three of them had met in college, rooming together in the Engineering dorm. After graduation, they'd gone into business together and had created one of the most popular video games on the market.
Their newest game would have a western theme, and Brandon had decided they needed to "experience the real West" if the game was going to feel authentic.
All Adam could feel right now was hot and uncomfortable. The stiff western-style shirt stuck to his sweaty skin, and he couldn't feel his toes at all. They were squished into a pair of "genuine snakeskin" cowboy boots that the salesman had said all the cowboys in Colorado wore.
He lurched against the back of the seat in front of him as the bus turned off the winding mountain road and passed under a sign that read Hawkins Ridge Ranch. It looked like they'd arrived.
The bus pitched to a stop, and laughter rang out as the excited families around him stood and collected their belongings. From what he could gather, he and his friends would be spending the week with three other groups: a family celebrating their teenage daughter's birthday, another family from Florida, who wanted to try a non–amusement park vacation, and one couple celebrating their honeymoon.
He followed the honeymooners, grabbing his luggage, then stepped out of the bus and shaded his eyes from the bright Colorado sun.
The scent of pine and freshly mown grass filled the air, punctuated with a haze of dust. His throat was already dry, and he looked around, hoping to spot a place he could get a drink.
A large timber lodge sat to his right, surrounded by a scattering of small cabins. In front of him stood a huge barn, with corrals spread out on either side. Behind the barn, green fields dotted with horses and cattle completed the landscape.
A curvy blonde woman strode purposefully toward the group, a straw cowboy hat on her head and a clipboard in her hands. An older cowboy sauntered next to her, and a brooding preteen shuffled along behind them.
"Hey there," the cowgirl called, a big smile on her face. "Welcome to Hawk's Ridge Ranch. I'm Skye Hawkins. My dad built this ranch for my mother the year before I was born. Now, I'm not saying exactly what year that was — I'll just admit that this handsome twelve-year-old is my son."
Her eyes cut to Adam, and she offered him a grin.
Light laughter rippled through the crowd, but Adam just stood there, staring at the woman. Just her smile had set something off inside of him. Something about her struck a chord with him, unsettled him somehow.
He shook his head. He was here to work, nothing else.
Skye dropped an arm casually around the shoulders of the sullen preteen standing next to her. "This is Cody. He'll be showing the Henderson and the Johnson families to their cabins."
Cody gave a half-hearted wave, but it didn't escape Adam's attention that the boy's gaze darted to the cute girl who was about his age. Memories of those awkward teenage years flooded his mind. Adam felt for the kid.
"This is Cal. He's the lead ranch hand and your go-to guy for just about everything," Skye continued, gesturing to the older man standing next to her. "Cal and Cody are gonna show y'all to the mess hall, where you'll experience some of the best western barbecue you've ever tasted." She smiled at the couple wearing matching cowboy hats, with ribbons proclaiming "bride" and "groom" wrapped around their brims. "We'd like to extend a special welcome to our newlyweds, the Logan's. We're thrilled you've decided to spend your honeymoon with us. Cal will lead you to your cabin, where we've added a few special touches to make this time memorable for you."
Okay, enough with the pleasantries. Adam just wanted to get to his cabin and get started. He wondered who'd be taking him to his cabin, and he silently hoped it would the cowgirl herself.
"We know you're anxious to get settled in, so we'll save the rest of the introductions until dinner. Please check out the information packets you each have in your rooms. You'll find camp agendas, meal times, and hopefully everything you'll need to have a great week here at Hawk's Ridge Ranch." Skye glanced his way. "You must be Adam."
He nodded. "Yep."
"Good to meet you. If you want to follow me, I'll take you to your cabin." She reached for his bag.
"I've got it," he said, as he noted the absence of a wedding ring. Hmm. Being away from civilization for a week might not be so bad ...
He grabbed his bag and fell into step behind her. She wore a light pink T-shirt tucked into a pair of snug-fitting jeans, their hems frayed at the bottom around the heels of her boots. A heavy brown belt with brass studs circled her waist, and though he did his best, he couldn't keep his eyes off the way her heart-shaped butt shifted with each step.
His own feet were still killing him, and he tried to focus on what she was saying instead of how badly his toes were being pinched in the stupid snakeskin cowboy boots.
Brandon had insisted they show up decked in full gear. It would help them get in the cowboy mindset, he'd said. But now, as he limped along behind Skye, Adam wished he'd just worn his usual Converse sneakers.
"I hate to break it to you, but I received a call from Brandon Moore this afternoon. He and Ryan, the other gentleman in your party, won't be joining you today."
Adam's head snapped up, the pain in his toes forgotten. "Wait. What? Brandon and Ryan aren't coming? I thought they were already here."
"From what I gathered, they couldn't make their flight from London. They said they've been trying to reach you on your cell phone. I told them reception up here is awful."
He pulled out his phone and squinted at the display. "More like non-existent. Did they say when they'd get here?"
She shook her head. "No, they weren't sure. They said to tell you there'd been some complications on the London project, something to do with a server that couldn't handle all the traffic and a massive crash, and that you'd know what that meant."
Yeah, he knew.
Brandon and Ryan had gone to London to release their newest video game, and it must have been more popular than they'd planned. They'd had five thousand preorders, but if the release had been too big, it could have crashed the server. They'd been worried that could be a problem.
But now their problem was going to be his problem. Because he was the one stuck doing a solo week at Camp Cowboy.
How had he let Brandon and Ryan talk him into this? Sure, it had made sense at the time. None of them had a clue about being a cowboy, other than what they saw on television. This week, they were supposed to learn how to ride a horse and swing a rope. They'd get a feel for what a real working ranch felt like, smelled like.
This wasn't a totally new idea for them. They'd gone on location before to research their other games, but those locations had involved beaches, beer, and women in bikinis.
Still, there was a reason Brandon was in charge of marketing and production — he could talk them into doing most anything. Adam had almost started to look forward to this trip ...
But not now.
"I'm sorry about your friends. I hope no one got hurt," she said.
"In the massive crash."
"They'll be fine," he assured her. Or at least they would be, until he killed them when, and if, they ever showed up.
"That's good. Hopefully, they'll still be able to join you later this week.
They'd better. The heel of his boot caught on a rock, and he stumbled then caught his footing.
"I'm fine," he grumbled. "Just not used to walking in these stupid boots."
"Yeah, they do take some getting used to. Those are some fancy boots." She didn't quite hide her amused smile.
Stupid salesman. "They were Brandon's idea. He thought we should dress the part this week. You know, western shirts, boots, the whole nine yards. But I think I blew it."
Her gaze traveled up and down his outfit. "I'd say you almost pulled it off, but the Stormtroopers on your belt give away the fact that you might not be a real cowboy."
He grimaced. "I was hoping no one would notice. I couldn't find my brown leather belt this morning, and this was the only other thing I had."
"It's kind of cool. It gives you like a 'space cowboy' kind of vibe." She let out a laugh. "So, is this your first trip to Colorado? It has a lot to offer, like the mountains, and skiing, and we've even got a pretty great football team. Go Broncos." She gave a little fist pump.
"I like the Broncos. They had a good team last year. Does your husband watch a lot of football?" Wow. That was smooth.
She cocked an eyebrow at him. "I'm not married."
"Me neither." Shit. "Sorry. That was clearly not the appropriate response. I meant to just say that I'm sorry."
"Don't be. Cody's dad was an asshole. I dodged a six-foot tall bullet when he walked away from us."
"Still, I know that being a single mom isn't easy. I was raised by one. My dad was killed in a car crash when I was about your son's age."
"Oh, now I'm sorry."
He shrugged. "It was a long time ago."
"Still, I think it's different when your man intentionally walks away."
He shrugged. "I don't think either sounds preferable."
"I don't mean to sound bitter. I'm over him. I just sometimes think about how one stupid decision can alter your entire life, you know?"
He did know. "So, where would you be if you hadn't made that one decision? Still running this dude ranch?"
"God, no. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love this ranch, it's my home. And I wouldn't give up Cody for the world. But I never imagined myself back here. I had big plans. I met Cody's dad when I was in college, where I was studying equine science. I'd hoped to get into vet school and move to Montana. Then I met a cowboy who swept me off my feet, literally. I thought we were in love, that we'd get married and move to Montana together. Then I told him that I was pregnant."
"I take it that didn't go so well?"
She chuckled. "Uh, no, not so well at all. He was a rodeo guy who was in town for a circuit. Turned out he liked riding bulls better than riding me." She clapped her hands to her mouth, and a tinge of pink colored her cheeks.
He let out a loud laugh. He liked this woman. She surprised him. And he wasn't surprised by much anymore.
"Sorry, I should not have said that."
"It's okay. It was funny."
She grinned at him, and he felt another tug of attraction. He wasn't used to being this affected by a woman. Sure, she was pretty. Gorgeous, actually. But more important, he liked that she made him laugh, that she had spunk.
"I can't believe I'm telling my whole life story to a complete stranger."
"We're not exactly strangers. We've known each other for a good ten minutes already."
"Good point. We're practically BFFs."
BFFs? The thoughts he'd had about the way Skye's butt looked in those snug jeans didn't fall anywhere near the friends category. "Right. And BFFs don't have to be embarrassed about spilling their guts to each other. Usually they get drunk and sloppy before they start leaking their innermost secrets. So I may have to buy you a beer at the bar before you tell me anything else." He tried not to cringe. Somehow that had sounded much better in his head.
She turned the corner, leading him toward a log cabin set back against the hill side. "I'm afraid the only bars you'll find around here are the chocolate bars we sell in the gift shop."
Hmm. He wasn't sure if he'd just been dissed or if she was still trying to be funny.
"Then next time, we'll just have to get sloppy over chocolate."
"I don't think there's anything left to tell. I've already spilled my most humiliating secrets." She stopped at the bottom step of the porch to the cabin and glanced at him. "I don't usually tell anyone about Cody's dad. It's not just that I was dumped, but it changed everything in my life. I had to drop out of college and come back home with my tail between my legs. I mean, I'm fine with my life now. I love my son and wouldn't change what happened. But still, it was hard."
"You seem to be doing pretty well, in spite of it."
"Thank you. You're sweet."
He shrugged. "Not really. Apparently I'm kind of an asshole myself, sometimes. At least, according to the last woman I dated."
She continued up the stairs of the porch. "But you're not seeing anyone now?"
She'd asked the question innocently enough, but he couldn't help the grin that stole across his face. "Nope."
"Well, here we are," she said, effectively changing the subject as she unlocked the door to the cabin. "This is Hillside. It's one of our largest cabins, so you and your friends should be comfortable."
Adam dropped his bag and set his backpack on top of it as he gazed around the sparsely furnished room. A sofa and coffee table sat in front of the cabin's main focal point, a large stone fireplace. The floor was faded hardwood covered with colorful rag rugs.
The windows were covered with blue and white gingham curtains, and a set of bunk beds sat against one wall. Two doors led off to the right. One was closed, but Adam could see a chipped porcelain sink through the other and assumed it was the bathroom.
The cabin was straight off the set of Bonanza. He half expected Hoss or Little Joe to come sauntering into the room.
His shoulders sagged at the thought of spending the next week here. There was no television, no refrigerator, and the sofa looked about as comfortable as a rock. At least he wouldn't be stuck sleeping on one of the bunk beds. Brandon and Ryan could share those — if they ever showed up. It would serve them right for ditching him.
"Nice place," he told Skye, who seemed to be waiting for his reaction.
When he was working, he usually stayed in four-star hotels with 24-hour business centers. But she looked so proud of the cabin he didn't want to say anything to upset her. He wasn't that much of a jerk.
"This is one of my favorite cabins." Skye fluffed a blue pillow on the sofa. "It's one of the older ones, but it's also the biggest and it's quiet, since it's set a little farther back. I think it'll work out really well for you. And for your friends, when they show up."
"Thanks. It is quiet." A slight breeze ruffled the curtains of the windows, but all he heard was the gurgling of the stream that ran behind the cabin. "That will help, because I do have a lot of work to get done while I'm here. Do I need a specific wifi password, or is it just open?"
She let out a laugh, and his stomach dropped. He had a feeling he knew what was coming.
"You don't need a password at all, because there is no wifi. The only internet access is in the main lodge, and even that is limited."
He gave her an incredulous stare. "Are you kidding me? No wifi? And no cell phone service? What kind of place is this?" The third ring of hell? How was he supposed to get any work done?
"It's the kind of place where you're supposed to forget about the real world and just enjoy being in the mountains, soaking up everything nature has to offer," she replied, planting a hand on her hip.
He arched an eyebrow at her. Unfortunately, he didn't really do nature. He kept in shape by working out religiously at the gym, but other than that, he spent the majority of his time at his desk, either at home or at the office.
She gave him a knowing smile. "But it's also the kind of place that leaves freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in your room to enjoy when you arrive." She pointed to the two doors. "Bedroom's through there, and bathroom's on the right."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
## Just Ok for me. Very unbelievable. Adam hated anything outdoors. He was miserable on the trail, in the lake, on a horse. He hated the cold in Colorado and getting dirty. Hard to believe he'd want to live there permamently. Also, Skye treated him pretty badly toward the middle of the book. Hard to believe he'd stick around after all the terrible things she said and did for a woman he'd known for 6 days. Anyway, not great. I added a star for the humor in the beginning.
This book was a great story, I loved the that the hero was so totally different from the heroine! I just plain loved the book
The premise was good, it was kind of a reversal of all those city girl goes to the country and meets a cowboy novels. Adam Clark is a Californian video game designer = geek. He and his fellow designers believe in authenticity for their games and their latest idea involves the Wild West so they have booked a break at Cowboy Camp. Trouble with the launch of their latest game means that Adam is the only one who turns up! Skye Hawkins is a single mother trying to keep her family's ranch from collapsing, raising a son and dealing with the ranch and the holiday-makers keeps her busy but she kind of likes the handsome geek - even if she does have to rescue him from one disaster after another. And there's also a hint that "someone" may be trying to cause trouble for Skye and her ranch. DNF at 56%. I just couldn't get into this for some reason - nothing intrinsically wrong with it, it just didn't capture my interest. Ordinarily if I DNF I give one star but I think that would be overly harsh on a book when "its not you its me" - so two stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
This is a very sweet story of when you know you have the right one, you know. I absolutely loved the chemistry and connection between Skye and Adam. Their story was beautifully written and kept me hooked for their happy ending. I loved the way Adam took charge, selflessly and tried to figure everything out for everyone. He was the sweetest to both Skye and her son Cody. And Cody was a great addition to the story and has a strong presence in this story. I loved the dynamic between Cody and Adam and how easily they meshed. There was nothing I didn't like about this story, including the small sub story that was intertwined. I hope there will be more to this series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Catching the Cowgirl (Cotton Creek Romance) by Jennie Marts This is video game designer Adam Clark and single mom cowgirl Skye Hawkins’ story. Wow! Wow! I couldn’t put this book down once I started. This book has it all. A sweet, sensual, and fun romance with a little mystery. I fell in love with Adam and Skye’s characters. Skye’s son Cody and the other supporting characters were a great addition to the story too. I loved how Cody and Adam hit it off. They were great together. Adam, computer geek, and Skye, cowgirl, are complete opposites. So as the saying goes “opposites attract” but can they find true love? The story flowed so well and fulfills all the reasons why I love reading romances. So whenever you need an escape, a little comfort, and a feel good romance, sit back with this story and travel to Hawkins Ridge Ranch for Skye and Adam’s fun, sensual, and entertaining story. Excellent read! FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
you wouldn't think that a computer nerd would discover his place in the world at a dude ranch, but life has a way of throwing you curveballs. in catching the cowgirl, adam clark isn't one for communing with nature, but his business partner has a way of convincing him to do things that go against the grain and truth is he's not steered them wrong yet. but when he ends up alone on what was supposed to be a research trip in advance of their next launch, adam has to make do. if he's honest, he's not too disappointed, because he gets to spend time with the delectable skye hawkins, especially since his partner had signed them up for all sorts of extras. skye is a single mom struggling to keep her father's legacy alive. she's running behind on bills, short on time and resources, and maybe has a guy or two she's ready to give away. her son cody is a sullen teenager she can't pry off the computer. her neighbor clint keeps hinting that he wants more than friendship. thank goodness cal the stablehand just does his job. so really the last thing she's looking for is this insane attraction to a guest, especially one who lives in another state and is only in town for a week. except the way that she connects with him. the way that he connects with her. nothing has ever felt so right. but how do you make something impossible work? skye is about ready to give up, but lucky for her adam happens to be a super smart engineer and solving problems is his jam. he surprises her in more ways than one, and it's totally sweet and enjoyable to read about. **catching the cowgirl will publish on july 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (lovestruck) in exchange for my honest review.
Fantastic Sweet Fun Story that keeps you flipping gauges and you don't want it to end. Skye is running her families dude ranch and Adam is a rich city guy trying to do research for his next assignment for work. I enjoyed this Book so much, Jennie Marts has the magic of writing the perfect characters that you can relate with. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
I absolutely loved this book. It's everything you want in a book and more. It's so well written and Jennie paints a beautiful picture of not just the characters but living on a ranch in Colorado as well. Skye owns a dude ranch in Colorado, coming home at nine months pregnant and living there since she took over after her father died. Her son now 13 is growing up and things change. People come and spend a week on the ranch to get the experience of what it's like. Adam is a game developer, when he and his two partners wanted to expand a current popular game, Brandon the hands on partner booked a week at the ranch so they'd get the authentic experience that they would incorporate into the game. It's what makes their games so popular. When the two partners get stuck and aren't able to make it, it's Adam by himself and the minute he steps off the bus and she's the little blonde in her boots and tight jeans his heart starts beating fast. Foreign to him because he's a neat and tidy kind of guy. Skye feels the connection too and things spark between them. He connects with her son Cody right away. And then there is the neighbor who thinks he's got Skye in his pocket and he's the uber cowboy. You just know the guy is no good and I wanted to throat punch him at one point. Make that several points. Jacka@@. Once these two spark which is done really well, it's great to see. Adam is trying to figure out all these new feelings and Skye who has been burned so badly in the past doesn't trust herself or him. She's trying but she gets pretty defensive in some situations and you'll read why. But these two are a match made in heaven, and I loved the way Adam just knew it was right. Jennie wrote a great story here, complete with a little nutty, some steam, lots of love, a strong stubborn female and a big hearted, patient and loving man. Her writing sucks you right into the story and moves you right along. I loved it. It's a must read. Great story Jennie!! **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
A cute, super sweet book about a nerdy guy that will make you laugh and a woman that knows the meaning of hard work. She's not afraid of it and she does what she knows needs to be done. These two are total opposites in most ways. Skye isn't used to the feelings that Adam provokes in her and she isn't the usual kind of woman that he's interested in. He's never met anyone like her. Will she listen to him when it's needed or will she just blow him off because she's scared?
First of all this book was given to me as an arc book for my honest review thanks Entangled Publishing. This is a quick short read only 162 pages part of the Cotton Creek series and I loved every one of them . Skye the heroine is a single mother to a 12 year old son Cody and runs a dude ranch in Colorado. She does not trust men after being left by Cody's father. The ranch she owns and runs is struggling. Then we have Adam from California he is the hero and runs a computer gaming company with two of his best friends I love that Adam is a nerd and he is attracted to Skye at their first meeting. Adam is not good with relationships because of him working all the time. But once he sees Skye he wants it all. This couple do have some minor struggles with Skye not trusting men. Her friend Clint whom I do not like at all seems sort of shady always putting Adam down and trying his best to tarnish Skye and Adam's relationship. Of course he has other intentions. You will find out what they are you just need to get this book. Can two people one whom does not trust Menander the other who is so hardworking that his past relationships struggle make a life together? Read this book to find out. Also their is some trouble on the farm. We do get to see whom it was that was causing all of this trouble. I was not shocked with who it was. I loved reading this book and would read it again it was a really sweet love story without over the top love scenes. So I believe anyone would enjoy this book and it can be read in one day I give this book 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I suggest you go and order your copy this book releases on July 3. Don't forget to get your copy. You will thank me later. Xoxo, Meme Chanell Book Corner
I have fallen in love with this series! Set at a dude ranch in Colorado, it's a sweet story perfect for those days of lying around the pool or on a rainy day. Great story!
Loved this book, a fun romance set at a Dude ranch in Colorado. Skye single mom, the owner of the ranch meets up with Adam, a city boy, game designer. Polar opposites, but they can't fight the attraction. Add in the mixture of Cody, Skye's teenage son, never a dull moment. This is the perfect summer read that will keep you turning the pages. Loved the characters, neither looking for a lasting relationship. Great descriptive writing , you can close your eyes and feel like your at the dude ranch. I highly recommend this book!!
They Say Opposites Attract. Adam is a workaholic computer gaming nerd, a partner in a successful business based in California, whilst Skye is a single mom working the family dude ranch in Colorado. He hates getting dirty (and whilst he lives near the ocean and enjoys the sounds from his window, he never goes on the beach) and if it wasn't for the office gym would never get any exercise. She is the outdoors type; running a ranch, horse riding, hiking, camping etc. Two polar opposites and yet, they totally fall for each other. But how can their love work with such opposing lifestyles? Loved it, highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
Loved this book! Great characters with city guy Adam Clark, single mom Skye Hawkins and her wily son Cody. The three make a great little unit. The story is simple, light, and fun. Perfect for a lazy afternoon read. Adam Clark finds himself on a Colorado Dude Ranch where he is suppose to be meeting up with his friends and partners for some relaxation and a little research for their upcoming video game. When his buddies get delayed he decides to make the best of it and go ahead with the research on his own. Falling for the high spirited, independent owner Skye Hawkins wasn't in the plan but she grabs his attention right away and he won't be deterred. Bonding with her 12 year old son doesn't hurt his chances either! I highly recommend this one!
Loved this book! It's sweet, fun, and full of charm! Skye is struggling to raise her son and run a dude ranch and is barely keeping her head above water. Adam is a video game designer that co-owns his company with his two best friends. As part of the prep for their next game, the three friends are meeting a dude ranch to spend a week learning about it so they can inject realism into the game. However, the most appealing thing about the ranch is its proprietress, Skye, who makes him feel like a tongue tied teen instead of an accomplished business owner. This is a fun novel that pokes fun at the computer nerd who is a situation very far outside of his comfort zone, yet finding himself smitten with the rancher. She is equally as smitten, but, while opposites can attract, what comes can come next for two people from drastically different worlds? Full of charm, this is a must read for fans of the genre. While is is part of a series, this is a stand alone novel. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Catching the Cowgirl is book three in the Cotton Creek series by Jennie Marts. Adam Clark designs video games. He and his two best friends started a business right out of college and developed one of the most popular video games around. They believe that for the game to be authentic, they have to experience the world they are trying to create. Their latest game will be centered in the Wild West. So, they make reservations to spend a week at a dude ranch in Colorado to experience the life of a cowboy. Adam lives in California and has never set foot in Colorado so this will be a brand new experience for him. A delay, though, keeps his two friends from arriving so Adam is on his own. His first step off the bus and he is face to face with the ranch owner, a woman who instantly somehow calls to him. Skye Hawkins is doing her best to keep Hawkins Ridge Ranch from going under. She’s on her own, having lost her dad a few years before. Skye is a single mom to a pre-teen boy who is starting to resent having to be stuck all summer on the ranch helping out instead of spending time with friends. Skye doesn’t date. When her son’s dad left, she has dedicated her life to raising her son and making a good life for him. That’s all she has time for. But when she sees the newest client get off the bus with his glasses and hilarious snake skin boots, something in her stirs, something that’s been asleep for a very long time. “Who would have thought that a guy who’d never even been on a horse would be the one to finally jumpstart her heart?” Adam is a successful game developer but also a geek and he knows it. He doesn’t know the first thing about life on a ranch. And, his life and livelihood is in California. Skye is a cowgirl all the way to the tips of her boots. Their lives couldn’t have been more different, more far apart. But that thing between them, that connection, that spark, wouldn’t be denied. “You strode into my life in your cowboy boots and snug jeans and turned everything I know on its head.” Adam sees that Skye is struggling with finances not to mention that there has been a string of unfortunate things happen that have set them back even farther. He wants to help but Skye is not having it. She takes pride in what she has accomplished and she does not take hand outs from anyone. These two together were adorable. Let me tell you, Adam was so swoony. This geeky gamer had all the right words. He melted my heart time and time again. Skye, though, didn’t trust easily. Over and over she misjudged Adam’s actions. But, Adam was not going to be deterred. He knew Skye was for him and he would find a way to make her see it as well. I really did enjoy this. Most know that I love my cowboys so this was so much fun to have the roles reversed. I loved Adam from the start. I do have to say that at times I felt frustrated with Skye. I knew her actions hurt Adam but he was not giving up. I did understand why she felt the way she did. And her isolated life on the ranch had to have toughened her up some. But when she was with Adam, she found the part of her that had been missing for so long. It just took awhile for her to finally accept that she needed that part of herself as much as she needed the rest. This is the second book I’ve read in this series and I love it. Well done, Jennie Marts. I can’t wait to go back to Cotton Creek again soon.
Catching the Cowgirl is the third book in the Cotton Creek series and was such a fun read. I like that the author just dives into the story, it is fast paced and easy to read. This book has a little bit of everything. A perfect combination of sexy, funny and drama. I enjoyed the twist of the female lead Skye being the cowgirl and Adam the male lead being the "nerdy" computer guy from California. It gave the story a fresh perspective on a "cowboy" romance. I suggest this book if you are looking for something fun and flirty! Jennie Marts is one of my favorite authors because I know I will never be disappointed in her books and Catching the Cowgirl is no exception. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
In a world that thrives on speed, it's easy for a person to get lost in the shuffle. With Catching the Cowgirl, Jennie Marts delivers an important piece of advice with a light heart and a fun time. Adam and Skye have hectic lives that thrive on responsibilities and leave little time for relaxation. All of that changes when they meet each other. Can a workaholic businessman devote his heart to a spirited country girl? Ms. Marts makes it so easy to fall in love with small town tradition and down home living.