The Bachelor Cowboy

Jessica Clare. Berkley, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-593-10202-2
A shy accountant gets a lot of bang for her buck in Clare’s satisfying sixth Wyoming Cowboys romance (after Her Christmas Cowboy). Layla Schmidt’s narcissistic mother, Janet, is aware of her daughter’s attraction to cocky cowboy Jack Watson and attempts to outbid her for a date with him at the Painted Barrel, Wyo., Animal Shelter’s bachelor auction fund-raiser—which is just what Layla needs to goad her into acting on her crush. Jack only agreed to participate in the bachelor auction as a favor to his sister-in-law, who runs the shelter, but he’s thrilled when Layla, whom he’s wanted for months, bids on him. Spending time with her and Oscar, a dachshund they’re tricked into co-adopting, becomes Jack’s favorite pastime. But when the scheming Janet attempts to interfere in their relationship, Layla—who’s never been able to stand up to her mother—faces a difficult decision. Clare’s character work is impeccable: Layla’s quick wit belies deep insecurities, and arrogant Jack is humbled by her attention. The other residents of Painted Barrel are as lovely as ever and the story is loaded with small-town charm. The drama never feels manufactured or prolonged, but there’s no easy fix either. The result is a delightful series installment. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Jan.)
Reviewed on : 10/29/2020
Release date: 01/26/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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