My goodness. What to say. A Cowboy for Keeps will be a challenge to review. Notice there’s not star rating!
Greta was good. I liked her determination and her drive and her love for her little sister. That sister though, Astrid, was a brat. Why did she have to be so untamable? I didn’t understand that part. I was sure at the beginning that she would die from consumption at some point in the book. Kids can be beautiful and wonderful and adventurous and wild without being brats. She annoyed me whenever she came onto the screen, even if she had been extremely sick.
Wyatt… Why can’t authors come up with good solid names for guys without naming them Wyatt, Tyler, Ryan or Sam? Putting that little fact aside, I didn’t love him at the beginning, but he did grow on me over time.
The conflict felt a little shallow, and he made a stupid mistake that I knew would blow up, but I was glad with the rest of the story.
The plot in and of itself was well paced and well written. I appreciated the events and complications that befell them. It didn’t fell rough or newbie. But it did feel like exactly what you would expect from a book with this cover and this blurb.
A Cowboy for Keeps is a romance, and this is why I did not do a star review. There was more romantic content than I’m comfortable with. Granted, the characters were “married” and chose not to “consummate” their marriage (of course, marriages of convenience tend to do that), making this a complicated mix of “Okay, they are allowed to kiss and admire each other because they are married. But at the same time like, I don’t really want to be reading this.”
So coming to this conclusion, I chose not to post a star review. Content wise, there was kissing, talk of wanting a baby. Admiring a girls curves, as well as Greta mentioning a couple times that Wyatt was “wildly” handsome.
Ultimately, there weren’t any super sensual scenes, but I still didn’t like the physical aspect of the story. That being said, there’s nothing /wrong/ with it, and that is why I didn’t rate it lower. This is something each reader approaches and decides for themselves if they want to read it or not.
I don’t regret reading this book, but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again, and I probably would not recommend it to my sisters. Simply because we avoid reading romance novels.
There was one point in the book where Wyatt said something and had me questioning my own life and the things that were going on, and I’m planning to write a blog post all about that, so that’s a positive.
Thank you to Bethany house and Jody Hedlund for sending me A Cowboy for Keeps. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.