Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Max Monroe’s Grumpy Cowboy deserves a might “yee-haw.” It takes the sweetness and humor of the usual Max Monroe fare. It mixes in a cowboy angry with the direction of his life: taking on his family’s ranch in the shadow of his father, having to turn away from a future of rodeo riding, and handling his adorable daughter without her mama who would rather be a rodeo queen. Add to that a horrible accident that leaves him unable to adequately do his job. And add to that a heroine who is an up-and-coming orthopedist ready to kick his butt if he doesn’t take the proper care of himself. All of these elements work together to create a fantastic story with a sprinkling of slow-burn chemistry, opposites attracting, and a sweet happily ever after. Grumpy Cowboy is the perfect read for right now.
Rhett is the type of character who is equal parts compelling and crotchety. It’s actually interesting how long it takes for him to recognize his interest in Leah. Much of the story is about him putting Leah through her paces. It’s in those moments when the humor you come to expect from Max Monroe is found. Rhett creates a gauntlet of sorts for Leah to run as a way to run her off. This portion of the book will make you chuckle as you can see their burgeoning attraction.
Even better, the character of Leah is Rhett’s perfect foil and romantic partner. She keeps Rhett guessing and she challenges him in ways that no one else in the story can. As their interest grows, for me, their story feels more serious. There is still Max Monroe’s signature humor sprinkled in, but once Rhett fully sees Leah, the vulnerability of their interest in the other lends seriousness and adoration to the romance.
Along with Rhett and Leah’s journey is the addition of Rhett’s daughter, Joey. Joey adds a sweetness to this tale, and Leah’s ready acceptance of her makes you love her character even more.
In the end, this cowboy romance is exactly what you can expect from Max Monroe: funny, fierce, and fabulous. If you want a quick read for the weekend, order Grumpy Cowboy today.
In love and romance