If You Want A Sure Fire Romance Start "Looking For A Cowboy"

Title:  Looking For A Cowboy
Series:  Heart Of Texas #5
Author:  Donna Grant
Length:  368 pages
Expected Date Of Publication:  October 27, 2020
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
A cowboy finds love in the most unlikely place in New York Times bestseller Donna Grant's newest Heart of Texas novel, Looking for a Cowboy

A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody’s business. Cooper Owens also wasn’t born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can’t make himself turn away. . .

P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered―and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee’s come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can’t believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister...and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth―and keep her safe in his arms.

Please enjoy this excerpt from
A Cowboy Like You
Heart Of Texas #4
Donna Grant
Of all the people Danny thought he might run into, never in a million years had he ever
expected to see Skylar Long again. If he believed in destiny, he’d almost accept that his thinking of her earlier had brought her straight to him.

One of the things he remembered about her was how she had wanted to get out of their
town and to a big city. Her sights had been set on Houston, or even Dallas. She had wanted to get lost in all the people.

Many of his classmates had spoken about leaving their little town, but few did. And many
who left returned eventually. Not Skylar. She’d gotten out, and he figured she would stay gone forever. After all, her parents moved about ten years ago, which meant there was never any reason for her to return.

Yet, here she was. And more stunning than ever before.

She had been Danny’s crush from the time they were in grade school. Skylar had always
been a free spirit. She had a confidence most girls her age lacked. It wasn’t arrogance, but a belief in herself that came through in everything she did.

While beautiful, she had been a little reserved. She had run in the popular crowd, but
didn’t use that social level to degrade anyone or use it to her benefit like others had. She had been kind, wearing her heart on her sleeve.

He and Skylar had been able to talk about anything. She was always open and
engaging, but Danny had never pursued her for his girlfriend. He’d never thought he was good enough, not when so many of his other friends had wooed her.

The harsh light of the street lamp above them couldn’t diminish her beauty. Her golden
blond hair was put up haphazardly with strands falling around her face and neck. Her large azure eyes still holding more shock and fear than he liked.

She was on the petite side with curves in all the right places. Her lips were full, pouty
even, that made his blood heat just looking at them. Her skin had that dewy glow of a healthy lifestyle that made him want to reach out and run the pads of his fingers down her cheek to see if her skin was as velvety as it appeared.

Hearing her story made him want to go find Matt and punch him a few times. Danny had
never been so happy to be at the right place at the right time then he was that night.

 End of Excerpt

My Thoughts
All in all...
This is a very readable romance.  With a hero and heroine that one can't help falling for.
Though not so much in the heart aflutter way.
As the these are two people who have been through life's proverbial ringer and still manage to have hearts of gold way.
Meaning that though parts of their story, (i.e. Cooper and squad being thrown headfirst into the middle of Marlee's case repeatedly.) Are admittedly very contrived.
After A while...
Which is  mercifully quite shorter for the reader than the couple in question.
One finds A certain happy resignation in the fact that Cooper and Marlee are the only two souls fit for each other in the entire book.
In large part, because everyone in their vicinity and age bracket in paired off, and picking out rings and baby things. 
But I digress.
After all, this is the fifth book in a loosely related small town series.  Meaning that it has more than reached the point of having to import love interests.
Thankfully the baby-napping / mystery part of the book more than makes up for any flaws in the way of romance.
Making sure that  is never quite sure whether the suspects are guilty or have truly been wrongfully targeted.  Until the end.

All that having been said.
If you like A light hometown romance full of cowboys and capers. Donna Grant's Looking For A Cowboy, just might be the read for you.

Reviewer's Notes:
Looking For A Cowboy is the fifth book in a.loosely related series.  And may be read as part of its intended series. Or as a standalone.
Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for providing the review copy on which my honest critique is based.

About Donna
Donna Grant

Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels and novellas spanning multiple genres of romance.

She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.

Her childhood dream was to become a professional ballet dancer and study under the amazing Mikhail Baryshnikov. Though she never got to meet Baryshnikov, she did make it to New York City and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Later, Donna’s love of the romance genre and the constant stories running through her head prompted her to sit down and write her first book. Once that book was completed, there was no turning back.

Donna sold her first book in November 2005 while displaced from Hurricane Rita, a storm that destroyed portions of the Texas Gulf Coast. Since then, Donna has sold novels and novellas to both electronic and print publishers. Her books include several complete series such as Druids Glen, The Shields, Royal Chronicles, Sisters of Magic, Dark Sword, Dark Warriors, and her new series, Dark Kings.

Despite the deadlines and her voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two young children, four cats, three fish, and one long haired Chihuahua. She’s blessed with a proud, supportive husband who loves to read and travel as much as she does.

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