You Had Me at Cowboy

You Had Me at Cowboy

by Jennie Marts

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"Funny, complicated, and irresistible. Sometimes a cowboy isn't perfect but you got to love him anyway."—JODI THOMAS, New York Times bestselling author for Caught Up in a Cowboy

This cowboy is falling hard

Mason James is the responsible one who stayed behind to run the ranch while his brother, Rock, took off to play professional hockey. Women have used him before to get to his brother—and Mason intends never to get burned again. But after he meets quirky Tessa Kane at his brother's wedding, Mason discovers he's ready to take a chance on love.

Tessa Kane is a reporter on the verge of losing a job she desperately needs—unless she's clever enough to snag a story on the famous Rockford James. But when she falls for her subject's brother, she's caught between a rock and a hard-muscled cowboy. What will happen when Mason finds out who she really is?

Cowboys of Creedence Series:
Caught Up in a Cowboy (Book 1)
You Had Me at Cowboy (Book 2)
It Started With a Cowboy (Book 3)

What People Are Saying About Caught Up in a Cowboy:
"Chemistry so electric it flies off the page."—RT Book Reviews for Caught Up in a Cowboy, 4 stars
"Full of exquisite heat and passion...wonderful."—Harlequin Junkie
"An appealing story of love rediscovered...enjoy this tender tale."—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492655725
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Series: Cowboys of Creedence Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 429,666
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jennie Marts is the USA Today bestselling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after.

Abby Craden is a professional actress and voice artist who can be heard in numerous TV and radio commercials, video games, and audiobooks. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2012, Abby is an award-winning stage actress and a resident artist with the prestigious theater A Noise Within.

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You Had Me at Cowboy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Jessica Tlapa 5 days ago
Best book I've ever read. Got me hooked while reading.I recommend you reading the book. I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a slow read for me a lot going on and not a lot of romance. But grandma did offer some funny parts.
JChris More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it is a struggle for me to get into the story when I begin a book. That was not the case for this book. Jenni Marts writes so that it is effortless to read. I was laughing several times within the first chapter and cared about the characters in a short time also. My heart broke for Tessa Kane, trying to resolve financial issues that were forced upon her and also to be person she wants to be and not lie or mislead. I adored the relationship of Tessa and Manson. Both bring insecurities with them, but they find a way to blend into a couple pretty quickly. Unfortunately unresolved issues are just that, and they come back at the worse times. Since this is a romance story, I knew I was reading to get to a happy ending, and I was holding on to that for all it was worth. I truly wanted these two characters to find a way to resolve their pass and find a way to a bright future. This was the third book I read by Jenni Marts. I hope to be reading many more soon. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the BookLovers Con 2019 and she was so gracious to readers and it was a joy to meet her. I was so lucky to receive this book at the convention.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Loved Mason and his journey! So emotional, sexy, witty and engaging from beginning to end. The uncertainty, secrets, raw feelings and undeniable passion! Loved it! Looking forward to returning to Creedence for the last brothers story and breathless to know more about him.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won a copy of this book from the author, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was a great story about love, family and finding a way to forgive yourself for past mistakes and find new ways. Tessa had given up on dating when her last boyfriend made fun of her studder she had a lot of control over except when she was speaking in front of large groups of people. She was suppose to be a date for a friend's brother for a weekend wedding up in Creedence, CO, but was stood up while she was standing outside the hall of the party. She was an hour from Denver and trying to figure out to help her grandmother out of the financial jamb they were in when her boss was going to fire her, but if she could get the story about the person who was getting married he would pay her. Mason ran into her while she was in the coat closet trying to figure out a shirt after a bird pooped on her shirt. He asked her to be his date for the wedding of his brother. Who she was suppose to be writing the article about. But things getting a little different there.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
i love cowboy stories, and this one is a keeper. from start to finish i was intrigued with the interaction in this family. a very happy read.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Tessa is having one of the worst days ever. The one shining light is when a knight in a cowboy hat comes to her rescue towards the end of it. Mason is happy celebrating his brother’s upcoming wedding. What he isn’t happy about is everyone treating him like he’s a wallflower who will never find their soulmate. When he meets a damsel in distress in the utility closet, his life is about to take a turn for the better. While this was a fairly standard contemporary, I really enjoyed this book. I really liked both Tessa and Mason. I felt they were both really well written. It was nice and quick with a satisfying ending. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
WisReader More than 1 year ago
Fun and flirty, with a likable female protagonist who loves her grandmother. The book starts with Tess taking a huge risk, agreeing to a blind date to help out a friend, only to get stood up, and worse, at a wedding full of celebrities and no one she knows. She gets fired from her job, and if home wasn't down hill, her car wouldn't have the gas to get there. An ultimate bad day. She does meet a handsome cowboy, just not while looking her best. They agree to help each other out of an awkward situation. Tess is given the opportunity to make some money, although it requires her to step further out of her comfort zone. Even at her lowest, Tess does what she can to help others in need, including an adorable, if scruffy and smelly, dog. Ok, this book pulled my heartstrings. Tess and her cowboy end up getting to know each other better. While still clean, things get very steamy. As it seems there is a true love connection being made, the situation gets more complicated. However, the author gives us reason to smile even as the tension remains vibrant, expecting the uncomfortable information to be exposed. When it finally happens and you think that is ALL Tess has to handle, my heart was nearly torn apart with more about the dog! Tissue Alert!! Don't let that stop you from reading because there is more to the story. She may have had me pick up this book promising hot cowboys, but she kept me with a strong story, wonderful characters and an amazing ending.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
You Had Me at Cowboy is book number two in the Cowboys of Creedence series by Jennie Marts. This is Mason James and Tessa Kane's story. Tessa and Mason meet accidentally at a wedding function for his brother. Their first meeting was hilarious. There was definitely chemistry between these two but how will Mason react when he finds out Tessa's secret? The characters and this book were so much fun. Tessa was a mess but once you meet her grandmother you will understand. This story will hook you from the beginning to the end with humor, hot chemistry, and a fun and entertaining read.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book from the first page. I fell in love with Tess and Mason, so perfect for each other. Tess is on the verge of loosing her job unless the can the scoop on Mason's brother's wedding. Mason has always been in the shadow of his his brother, Rock a professional hockey player. There is no denying the chemistry between Mason and Tess, but the secret Tess is keeping might ruin everything. This is a story that I could not put down. Loved the characters, great chemistry and humor. Tess's grandma was a hoot. Loved Dewey too!! Hot cowboy alert!! I highly recommend this book!
txjewkat More than 1 year ago
Wow, great second installment in the “Cowboys of Creedence” series. The book can definitely be a stand alone. I didn’t realize, I had read the first installment “Caught up in a Cowboy” until into the first few chapter. You might like to read that book first, since you will want to read it., and was just as good. This is the story of the youngest of three brothers, Mason. Mason has been burned more than once by thinking girls are interested in him. Later to find they were really interested in meeting his older brother Rock, a famous hockey player. Did I mention all three brothers are hard working, nice guys who happen to be hunks. Happy to recommend. Now I am waiting for the last brother, Colt’s story.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Jennie Marts’s latest, You Had Me At Cowboy, hooked me from the first page of this fun book. Tess and Mason’s meet cute is perfect for these characters. Tess’s grandmother was a hoot and a fun addition to the cast of characters. Marts’s trademark humor shines through this novel. I always enjoy a good cowboy and Mason is on my favorites list. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
MalkaShayna More than 1 year ago
his book was a treasure to read from the title and cover to the very end. While I did not read the first book in he series, the author provide in the narrative what was needed to understand this one. Tessa Kane is having a really horrible day. On her first date in over a year, after her boy friend had humiliated her in front of her coworkers, she was doing a friend a favor by being her brother's plus one for a wedding weekend for a professional hockey player. She arrives at the lodge in Creedence, Colorado, to receive a phone call that he is not coming, a bird poops on her top, her boss calls to fire her and she locks herself out of he car. When her boss finds out why she is there, he offers her one last chance- to get the dirt on the groom, Rockford James and his bride and write a hard hitting piece. She needs the money because her grandmother, Mimi, who raised her after her parents were killed in an auto accident when she was 9, fell for a Nigerian scam, and is about to loose their home. While that is not the kind of story she writes, she has no choice if she is to save her grandmother. But her she has a turn of luck, when she goes into the lodge to change her top in a broom closet and the brother of the groom, Mason, walks in. He has been used by several females to get to his brother and is weary of friends and town folk trying to fix him up. He is attracted to Tessa and asks her to be his date for the weekend. She is attracted to the cowboy and feels guilty about why she is really there, but she needs to safe her grandmother. As they spend more time together, and become more attracted to each other, will Tessa confess and will Mason forgive her? I received a free, advanced copy of this book from This is my unbiased and voluntary review. The characters are artfully developed into appealing people. The dialogue is amusing, the plot is captivating and the narrative skillfully written. Cute dogs are added to the mix. I highly recommend this book.
Evampire9 More than 1 year ago
The second Cowboy of Creedence romance is full of depth and emotionally gripping which tugs at the heartstrings. Mason and Tess are two strong, compelling characters that draw readers in to their story and refuse to let go. The romance is on the sweet side and the chemistry is electrifying but this relationship has a few downs before it can be called a relationship. Tess is torn between a rock and a hard place and due to Mason’s past, he wasn’t really wanting to take a chance on love, but all of this changes when the two meet in an unorthodox but charming way and the feelings escalate into them making a deal. The readers can’t help but get caught up in all the events that take place as the author brings her characters to life in a realistic way and the relationship proceeds in way that is believable. While the story may have a few moments that make readers leak a few tears, the story also has readers erupting in a few chuckles and grins and falling for all the characters. The story is set a steady pace that adds to the suspense of the story, so that while everything happens in a short amount of time, so much is lived in that time. And the romance has quite a few extras that add fun and to help further the relationship along; sudden rainstorms, a cute little stray that steals hearts, and a Grandmother who adds incredulous trouble to the story, so there is now way not to enjoy this charming romance with sexy cowboys.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
You Had Me at Cowboy by Jennie Marts Cowboys of Creedence #2 Light easy romantic read that is predictable from beginning to end. If you are looking for a story with likable characters that are almost too nice this might be the book for you. Down on her luck Tessa is in need of a big story to retain her job and make money to bail her grandmother out of financial woes brought on by scam artists. Meeting Mason, brother to a wealthy famous hockey player, might provide the opportunity for her to get a scoop, write it up and sell it. I have to admit I skimmed this book rather than reading every word. I have had mixed results with this author’s books but will give one more a try. It was okay but not my favorite by this author. Thank you to NetGalley an Sourcebooks-Casablanca for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars
Madm007 More than 1 year ago
A cute, small town romance with hot cowboy/hockey players--2fers. Totally fell in love with the James family. Their family dynamics and ethics were quite refreshing. I liked the story concept, it had all the feels and the heat between Tess and Mason was, oh, so high, and beautiful at the same time. I felt their connection thru the words. However good intentions do not make good bedfellows and this is where Tess and I fell apart. All the back and forth of her dilemma and her what to do's got a bit redundant, and made the first part of the book a bit slower than I like. If she was so comfortable with Mason, why didn't she just spit it out as she had several opportunities to come clean with Mason. We all know waiting never turns out well, that trope is well used. And yet she explained it to Rock and Quinn, so to me she was still putting the story first, no matter the circumstances. Loved the addition of Dewey, a very special fur baby, bonus to any story. MiMi and the mobsters, that was bazaar and should have had Mason feeling totally sorry for Tess, instant forgiveness right there lol. Tess got her redemption in a huge way which was brave and sweet to face her fears which I really did admire. All in all a good read because the author made you feel whether it's good, bad or all the in betweens, it had an HEA that I loved. I received an ARC from Net Galley and am giving my honest review for You Had Me At Cowboy
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
You Had Me At Cowboy by Jennie Marts is a fast-paced contemporary romance with a western theme. Ms. Marts has delivered a well-written book. The characters in this book are totally awesome. Tessa is a reporter assigned to get the dirt on Rockford James. Through a series of mishaps and bad luck, she ends up attending a party with Mason, Rockford's brother. Mason and Tessa's story is loaded with drama, humor, sizzle and a bit of angst. I enjoyed reading You Had Me At Cowboy and if I hadn't just read a few reporters forced to write an article against their will stories, I'd have probably rated this 5 stars. I'm a little burnt out on them, so that's a personal preference. To other readers, this could easily be a 5-star read. I look forward to reading more from Jennie Marts in the future. This is a complete story, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
4 charming stars. I really enjoyed this book. Mason is the perfect blend of sweet, sexy and charming cowboy. I was smitten immediately! He is absolutely irresistible as Tessa finds out after her date doesn't show for an event for Mason's brother Rock and his fiance. I knew why Tessa was doing what she was doing but it angered me at times because Mason had truly fallen for her and I just felt like her dishonesty was a slap in the face. For the most part though I really liked Tessa and her strength and fortitude. I enjoyed their story and journey although not always easy, but it sure left a smile on my face!
JaneN17 More than 1 year ago
Top-Notch!! I think Mason & Tess are my favorite couple so far. Their story was complicated, funny, sexy and heartwarming. I loved how Mason &Tess met and how Tess kept sabotaging herself and Mason was always their to help. I also fell in love with Tess’ grandmother. She was hilarious and I would love to see her again in any futher stories. All in all I loved it!!
Pokeybooboo More than 1 year ago
I usually prefer to read historical romance, but sometimes I like to venture into the world of contemporary romance. Jennie Marts is a new author to me, and this book of hers was a perfect accompaniment to a long holiday weekend. Cowboys, a heroine with a realistic body type, a cute dog and a hell-on-wheels grandmother...what more could you ask for? Tessa was stood up at a wedding, then received a call from her boss firing her. When he finds out whose wedding she's attending, he agrees to let her keep her job if she does an expose' on the groom for her magazine. Then she meets a man she is instantly attracted to, Mason, the brother of the groom-who has been used by women before to get close to his famous brother. Oh, dear. Poor Tessa is in quite a pickle. Now normally I don't care for stories in which one of our leads is deceitful; however, it works here. Tessa is such a likeable character, and her motivation is pure. The romance between Tessa and Mason is cute, funny and nicely steamy. The supporting characters are great, especially Dewey the stray dog (thank goodness he wasn't a killer clown!) and Mimi, Tessa's colorful grandmother. This was such a fun, sparkly story, with a few tears thrown in for good measure. Settle in with a cup of cocoa and this book for a perfect evening. I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! I loved the first book in this series, Caught Up in a Cowboy, and I didn't think Ms. Pearce could top it. I was so wrong. Mason is just so much cowboy goodness you can't help but love him. He's rugged, sexy, and charming all rolled up in one gorgeous package. He's wary of being used by women trying to get to his brother so he doesn't let any woman close. Until Tessa Kane shows up. She is a bright light to his dark and seems a perfect match for Mason. She has a secret though. One that could ruin everything between them. In the end will she follow her heart? Wonderfully written and these characters will steal your heart. I highly recommend this one.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the Cowboys of Creedence series, and, if possible, this book is even better. I found myself totally engrossed from the very first page and hooked until the very last page. Tess's story (and back story) captivated me and had me rooting for her to get her HEA ending, especially if you could have a chance to have it with Mason, Rock's much lower profile brother. In the past, Mason has been convinced that women were only interested in him to get to his superstar hockey player brother, Rock, so the idea that a woman is interested in him, for himself, is too much to hope for. Then, when Tess's job has the potential to blow up their budding relationship, Mason is convinced he was right all along to not trust women. This book literally had me flipping pages just as quickly as possible. If you are a fan of the genre, you will love this book. Put this at the top of your TBR list as this one is a must read! The author is on my must read authors' list.
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
You Had Me at Cowboy is book two in the Cowboys of Creedence series by Jennie Marts. I loved the first book, the pro hockey player, Rockford’s story in Caught Up in a Cowboy. So I was very excited to get Mason’s story! Mason James is the responsible brother. He runs his family’s ranch, the Triple J Ranch, and loves his life. But he has always been sort of in the shadow of his famous hockey player brother, Rock. He loves his brother, but Mason has been used more than once by women to get closer to him. It’s a hurt that is not easily gotten over for him. It’s just a few days until Rock and Quinn’s wedding and all of the pre-wedding festivities are in full swing. Tonight is the pre-wedding party with all of Rock’s teammates attending. When Mason goes to find a mop in the broom closet, what he finds instead is a beautiful half dressed woman! Tessa Kane is having the worst day. First, she drove all the way from Denver where she lives to Creedence, Colorado for a blind date at a wedding. Only she got stood up. Then it was one thing after another piled on top of that. Her boss even called her to fire her, over the phone from the magazine she works at! But when he realized where she was, whose wedding she was at, he told her if she could get the dirt on the famous Rockford James and his bride to be, she could keep her job. So now she is in the broom closet trying to change her ruined shirt when the hottest cowboy she has ever seen walks in on her. Mason has no idea where this woman came from but all he does know is that he wants to know more about her. And she is obviously in need of some help. So he invites her to be his date for the wedding weekend. He is tired of his well meaning family giving him a hard time about being single so a date will help keep them all happy. But really, he just wants to spend some time with this mystery woman. Tessa is flat broke due to a huge mistake her grandmother made. She can’t lose her job. If she does, her grandmother will lose her house. The longer she spends with Mason, though, she feels something happening between them. She really likes him. But the one thing Mason has said he hates more than anything else is lies. And if he knew why Tessa was really there, trying to get dirt on his brother, he would never forgive her. Not to mention how much it would hurt his family, the family that had been more than kind to her and had accepted her without hesitation. This was such a sweet book. Tessa and Mason were perfect together. But Tessa is in such a hard spot. She needs this story to survive. Mason has begun to care deeply for Tessa but still knows so little about her. And those past hurts are always right there in the back of his mind ready to jump out. You will also get to know Tessa’s crazy grandmother. She really does have a knack for making very bad decisions. I also loved getting this little peek into Rock and Quinn’s life again. I fell so in love with them in the first book. If you enjoy hot cowboys, close knit families, plenty of smexy scenes along with humor and sweetness, this series is for you. I look forward to the next book, their brother, Colt’s story in It Started With a Cowboy.
SherriBabb More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series. This book is better than the first book in this series and the first book was fabulous. This book had it all. It had hockey players, cowboys and even a grandma who made everything even more fun. This book just grabbed and held my attention from the very first chapter. I loved Mason and Tess together. They had a lot of chemistry and they not only burned up the pages they made you laugh and smile too. The storyline had just enough drama to keep you guessing until the very end. I cannot wait to see what this author has in store for us next. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I had been looking forward to this story, after I read book one of this series, and absolutely loved . I have to confess, that I was disappointed. The story centers around Mason James and Tessa Kane. Mason has always felt like the second choice, and second fiddle to his famous NFL brother. Women tend to use him to get to his brother. His brother is about to be married and a weekend of festivities is being held . In comes Tessa, a reporter , who has been dumped by her blind date to the party, and just got fired from her job. Unless, she can get the dirty scoop on Mason’s brother and future sister in law. Of course, there is an immediate attraction but Tessa keeps her secrets of who she is and what she’s planning to do. Add to that a grandmother that has given money away, is about to lose her home and caricature type loan sharks and it starts getting of the wall. Somehow, the plot never engaged me and the characters didn’t hold my attention. I didn’t particularly liked Tessa for her deception and the grandmother for putting Tessa in a spot. That said, I will read the next book in the series, hoping that I will like it more. I was entrusted a copy of this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.