Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kiss a Cowboy by Deanna Lynn Sletten (4.5 stars)

About Kiss a Cowboy
(from Goodreads)

Sometimes fate steps in and changes everything...

Andi Stevens drives away from her home town of Seattle and says goodbye to her sister to begin a new life with her fiancé in Buffalo, New York. When her car breaks down in the mountains of Montana, she reluctantly knocks on the door of a cabin for help. What she finds is Luke Brennan, the most handsome man she's ever met, who appears annoyed by her bothering him and is also downright rude. He takes her up to the main ranch house where his mother welcomes her warmly, opening their home to her for as long as she needs to stay. Andi quickly falls in love with the ranch and its occupants, and the beauty of Montana. And no matter how hard they fight it, she and the brooding cowboy form a bond that becomes stronger by the day. Andi soon finds herself struggling with her promise to marry one man and the attraction she feels for another. 

Luke Brennan isn't interested in having his heart broken again. He's loved and lost once, and he's hardened his heart against ever falling in love again. But when a beautiful woman with the most tantalizing green eyes shows up at his door one night, he is taken by surprise. As hard as he tries to stay away from Andi, he finds himself drawn to her time and time again. But she's a city girl, and engaged to another man. She's off limits. Yet, he finds his heart slowly giving itself away to this woman. Should he bet against all odds and tell her how he feels before it's too late?

Does fate hold all the cards for the cowboy and the city girl, or will they choose their own destinies?

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Andi Stevens is driving cross-country to start a new life. She's looking forward to some adventure along the way--having turned down her fiance's offer to simply fly her--but gets much more than she's expecting when her car breaks down. 

Luke Brennan opens his door to her, and life will never be the same. Unfortunately, he's hardened toward love. Will they find their way to each other or simply accept the easier choices?

I loved these characters! Andi has a reserved spunk; she's strong, but still honing this part of her personality. Her sister, a great character who I believe is getting her own book, is more outgoing and in-your-face. This leaves Andi as the stronger, older sibling who usually chooses responsibility over going with her gut. Still, Andi begins to find her way, and it's all thanks to Luke. At first, he seems like nothing but broody, but Andi chips away at this hardened exterior.

This is a fun, highly romantic story. Thanks to great characters, witty dialog, and well-built relationships (I especially loved Luke's mom and how she takes in Andi), Kiss a Cowboy has a real depth to it. Sure, it's fun, but it's not cheesy. 

If you are looking for a holiday read to warm your heart, look no further.

Rating: 4.5 stars

@@@ Deanna Lynn Sletten has yet to disappoint. This is the fourth book I've read by her, and I've loved them all. She's a master at memorable characters. Please see the following reviews: Destination Wedding, Summer of the Loon, and Maggie's Turn. @@@

About the Author

I'm Deanna Lynn Sletten and I am an author of several women's fiction and romance novels as well as one middle-grade adventure novel. My novel, Widow, Virgin, Whore, became a bestselling novel in March 2014 on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Maggie's Turn became a top 100 bestselling novel on Amazon and a top 10 bestselling novel on Barnes & Noble in September 2014. I have also won several awards for my novels including one for Memories, two awards for Sara's Promise, and a book cover award for Maggie's Turn.  

I have two grown children and live with my husband in northern Minnesota. For fun, I love walking the trails in the summer with my beautiful Australian Shepherd and laying around in the boat on the lake. Our winters are cold, so I stay inside and write!  

Visit Deanna at her website at Or, you can connect viaTwitter and Facebook.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.


Deanna Lynn Sletten said...

Hi Tia,

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of Kiss a Cowboy and for sharing it with your readers. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. I love Andi and Luke's story and I'm so happy you did too. In case your readers are interested, Book 2 ~ A Kiss for Colt ~ has just been published. I'm currently working on Book 3. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday!