Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review ~ CAN'T RESIST A COWBOY by Elizabeth Otto

Can’t Resist a Cowboy (Paint River Ranch, #3)
by: Elizabeth Otto
Series: Paint River Ranch
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Source: Entangled Publishing via NetGalley

Injured and discharged, Marine Levi Haywood has returned to his family's ranch in order to heal and start a new life. After all, once a cowboy, always a cowboy. The only problem? Life at the ranch has moved on since he joined the service, and suddenly his role is much less clear. And things get a lot more confusing when his childhood sweetheart shows up.

Carrie Lynn Waite has never known a time when she didn't love Levi. They were childhood sweethearts, but because of her illness, she was forced to move to the city, away from the ranching life. Now Carrie's come home only to learn her family's ranch is in trouble and Levi is back, along with an undeniable attraction she can't resist. But some things never change. Now Carrie must decide between her future...and the cowboy she could never resist.

I've adored Elizabeth Otto's Paint River Ranch series and Can't Resist a Cowboy is a good finale.  Granted, for me, it didn't hold quite the emotion pull as its predecessors, but Levi and Carrie were another endearing couple who haven't had an easy-time of things.

"You're staring, Sunshine."
"If you saw yourself from a female perspective, you'd be staring too."

Second chance love, an injured ex-marine/cowboy and a heroine with a life-long illness that could change her life.  Combined, this held huge promise, and whilst Levi and Carrie's circumstances did pull on the heartstrings, I was expecting more considering Levi's history.  Unlike Cole and Tucker's stories, there were no tears, but he is a sweetheart and he does have the Haywood charm; I just didn't fall in love with him in the same way I did his brothers.  

"I never stopped caring about you, Sunshine.  I learned to push it away, but it was always there, with each breath."

That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, I did; Elizabeth Otto has a gift of creating likeable characters who absorb you into their lives and have personal issues that are often shied away from in romance.  Levi and Carrie have a past and with that comes a natural chemistry and intimacy, but I found the passion quite slow burn.  In some respects it was fitting, but it did add a steady feel when reading.

"You never have to apologise for touching me, Carrie."

The banter and sparring between the brothers brought humour, Birdie brought the cute and that honesty only little-ones can get away with, and it was lovely to see Cole and Rylan, and Tucker and Sophie's lives evolving.  It may not have been quite the journey that I was hoping for, but you can't not want Levi and Carrie to find their HEA and it is a good addition to a series I highly recommend.

**Received a copy courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4

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