cover image How to Cowboy

How to Cowboy

Jennie Marts. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $8.99 mass market (336p) ISBN 978-1-4926-8970-6

Marts makes a thoroughly delightful return to the tiny town of Creedence, Colo., in her third Creedence Horse Rescue romance (after When a Cowboy Loves a Woman). After Cade Callahan’s ex-wife, Amber, dies in a car accident, Cade’s 13-year-old daughter, Allie, comes to live on his family ranch. Amber poisoned Allie’s mind against Cade, so he’s fighting an uphill battle for her love. When physical therapist Nora Fisher—who’s struggling through a difficult period following a disastrous breakup—steps in to rehabilitate Allie, she captures the affections of father and daughter alike. But can their relationships survive when Amber’s family steps in to demand custody and Nora’s obnoxious ex makes a play at reconciliation? Dedicated ex-rodeo star Cade is the quintessential cowboy romance hero, and independent, sweet-natured Nora shines. Marts tackles some weighty issues, but sneaks in laugh-out-loud moments via the ranch’s quirky animals, including TV-loving pig Tiny, sandwich-stealing goat Otis, and treat-begging mini horse Shamus, who steal every scene they’re in. Readers will look forward to another visit to this charming locale. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, the Seymour Agency. (Dec.)