Crushing on the Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson
Series: Rodeo Dreams, Book 1
Published by: Carina Press on June 27, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Mitch Jenner is well-known on the rodeo circuit as The Heartbreak Kid. He leads women on, only to leave them with their hearts broken when he moves onto another town. But none of them really know the truth of why he’s so willing to leave them all behind.
Enter Paulo Bernardes, a Brazilian rider who has come to the States to learn the American way of riding. His goal is to learn and return home to open a riding school. But Mitch pulls his interest, and he pulls Mitch’s as well. Although Paulo doesn’t speak much English, it doesn’t take long for the message to get through to them both. There’s an attraction between them that is hard to deny.
Paulo isn’t worried about being out. He’s quite concerned about making sure Mitch is comfortable, though. Which makes things difficult when Mitch says he’s interested in a relationship, but only if it can be kept a secret. To Mitch, there’s no room for an out cowboy on the rodeo circuit. But Paulo doesn’t only want a part of the man he’s with. And he’s not sure if he can settle for pretending to be “just a friend” the rest of the time.
What’s clear is that some decisions will need to be made. Is this just a fling or is it something more? And if it’s something more, what are each of them willing to give to keep the other in their lives?
There’s an interesting dynamic here with the language barrier that I think the author plays off quite well. Although Paulo can generally understand Mitch, the fact that he can’t just speak right back to him obviously throws some challenges into the mix. And these come out not only in their relationship, but also in the storytelling. Thankfully, despite the challenge, the pacing and the development of the characters and relationship don’t miss a single beat.
This is the first from this author that I’ve read. But I will say I’m certainly up for more if this is what I can expect![Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]