cover image Hometown Cowboy

Hometown Cowboy

Sara Richardson. Forever, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-1-4555-4075-4

Richardson (Something like Love) launches a contemporary series with the earnest sincerity, heart, and Colorado setting that are her trademarks. Jessa Mae Love wants the thing her mother always eschewed: a committed romantic relationship. But when her boyfriend breaks up with her by text message, she starts reconsidering her priorities. Determined to give up on men and dedicate herself to building up the animal shelter her father founded, she calls on her cohort of feisty and funny friends for a makeover and support for her new resolution. And it all goes hilariously awry when Lance Cortez, a rodeo champion determined to get one last world title before retiring, barges into her living room and her life. Though Lance is still struggling with betrayals in his past, the two begin a tentative, oft-interrupted flirtation. Their story is sensitive, charmingly funny, satisfyingly spicy, and dedicated to ensuring both protagonists grow to earn their lasting love. This will satisfy Richardson’s fans while welcoming new readers to a sweeping land of mountains, cowboys, and romance. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Feb.)