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Saturday, August 9, 2014

"Almost a Cowboy" (Em Petrova) with Giveaway & Author Top 10 List!

Title – Almost a Cowboy
Series – Family Tree Series
Author – Em Petrova
Genre – Contemporary western romance
Publication Date – Aug 7, 2014
Length (Pages/# Words) – novel – 87k words
Publisher – Taliesin Publishing

Utah Davies is a recluse by choice, shunning his family and denying the ranch that needs his care. His personal life is a broken fence-line of past failures, neglected relationships, and The One that got away. After his father’s death, Utah is summoned home and faced with a secret in the form of a dozen or so more siblings he—and the family—had no idea existed. A clause in the will states he must find the family scattered across the country and unite them all for the reading. Trouble is, he has no clue where to begin.

Until he comes face-to-face with the old flame that burned his heart to ash.

In the July of their love, journalist Caroline Wilks refused elopement with Utah. After that, she made a series of bad decisions starting—then ending—with a nightmare marriage to a drunk. But when hunky bad-boy Utah struts back into her life, the only peace from the soul-deep throb she’ll get is between him and a mattress. He refuses to believe she’s nothing more than a hard-nosed journalist known for digging up more dirt than the family coon dog, but she knows better—or does she? And how can Caroline take the time to help Utah find his scattered family when she has a feature story due by the end of the month? Maybe the human interest piece is standing right in front of her in the dark, brooding cowboy.


"Almost a Cowboy" by Em Petrova!  Loved it!!  This is the story of Utah and Caroline and many, many siblings!  The interaction of Utah and Caroline as they reconnect offers some truly hot and steamy scenes.  Following them on their journey, both across country and to reconnecting with each other,  was enlightening and intriguing.  From the beginning, I was rooting for Utah to have a HEA - his heartbreak was so evident.  I felt bad for Caroline, too, since her choices led to more heartbreak and just wanted her to find love and happiness. Seeing them try to come to terms with their past decisions and present situations while reigniting their passion and connection with each other was fantastic.  I enjoyed that the story was told from both points of view - I always like when I can "hear" from both the Hero and heroine!  I would certainly recommend this book to friends and family for a ride and look forward to reading more of Ms. Petrova's works.  ✔✔✔✔   
(Received ARC for honest review)

Here’s a list of country songs I regularly return to, especially when writing cowboy romance!

1.    Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean
2.    Hell On Wheels - The Pistol Annies
3.    She Don't Love Me - Blake Shelton
4.    Drink In My Hand - Eric Church
5.    Friday Night - Erick Pasley
6.    American Kids - Kenny Chesney
7.    Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
8.    Get Me Some of That - Thomas Rhett
9.    Compass - Lady Antelbellum
10.  Somethin' About a Truck - Kip Moore

Em Petrova lives in backwoods Pennsylvania, where she raises four kids and a Labradoodle puppy named Daisy Hasselhoff and pays too damn much for utilities. She loves to write gritty characters with lots of heart and is well-known for scorching, panty-soaking erotic romance.



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