ARC Review: Strong, Silent Cowboy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Strong, Silent Cowboy by Lora Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

He Will Do Anything…

Sallie Hamblen had three incredibly hot, sexy nights with Jacob Donovan, an undercover CIA agent, before he disappeared, leaving her broken hearted and forever yearning for the man she lost. Years later, Jacob doesn’t know that the beauty he’s about to seduce in a small town bar is the woman he held in his arms all those years ago… and that she’s on the run from her past.

To Keep Her Safe…

Former CIA agent turned cowboy, Jacob Donovan wants nothing more than a simple life. Just the ranch and occasionally someone warm and sweet in his bed. Until Sallie comes back into his life and all of a sudden he wants to be in her bed every night…all night. When he discovers that her life is in danger, he swears he’ll protect her. Even when secrets are revealed that threaten everything between them, he will lay everything on the line to keep her in his arms.

Strong, Silent Cowboy

Very sexy alpha cowboy!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜💛💚
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤

The setting: Deer Haven, Texas

The Hero(s): Jacob Donovan – Ex CIA, Jacob’s last assignment was in Europe chasing a group of terrorists who had been kidnapping political interns, raping, torturing and murdering them for some unknown purpose. He is now retired from the CIA and is a Rancher on a successful ranch in Deer Haven.

The heroine: Sallie Hamblen (a.k.a. Kyra) – Sallie is in Deer Haven because she is running for her life. She has fake documentation provider to her by her wealthy step-father and he got work for her. Sallie recognizes Jacob immediately as the guy she spent three days and nights with six years ago before he left her with no word.

The Love Story: After spending an amazing weekend with Jake six years ago, Kyra waited for him for a week but he never came. She is now on the run from an unknown assailant who has found and attacked her more than once. She is devastated when Jacob doesn’t recognize her, but she doesn’t acknowledge that she knows him.

The story is very romance heavy and when it starts going, it is great. I liked the fact that Jacob is a cowboy and that he isn’t a playboy. He is selective about who he takes to bed and isn’t known for choosing women from town, so all the women who aren’t related to him are hoping he will choose them. Though one nigh after three years in town, he approaches Sallie and they are off to the races…

The book is super steamy! Jacob and Sallie have explosive chemistry and once they finally get together, they can’t keep their hands off each other, even though Jacob doesn’t remember her. Jacob is the quintessential dominant alpha male cowboy. Of course the fact that he used to be a spy doesn’t hurt either.

The book is a stand-alone which I like since I get sometimes get sick of always having cliffhanger endings. One thing I did notice is the fact that the POV kept switching within chapters. I am not an expert on POV, but most of the time in romance it seems to be in first or third person POV and is either told from the heroine’s POV or multiple POV’s switching every other or few chapters. This was third person and it seemed that within a scene, one paragraph it was the Hero and the next the heroine. I had to keep checking who it was as I was reading.

Granted, I generally don’t notice POV much, other than the fact that I really like books that have the POV of both protagonists. So this switching within a chapter could happen with a lot of books and I just happened to notice it more in this one. It wasn’t a huge deal and didn’t really take away from the story much but I thought I would mention it. Other than that the book was great and the last 20 percent was terrific.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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