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Review: Grumpy Cowboy by Max Monroe

The Grumpy Cowboy by Max Monroe
The Grumpy Cowboy by Max Monroe

ATTENTION: If you have been a victim of false advertising, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were ever hired to take care of a fourteen-year-old boy’s knee injury on a luxury ranch in the Middle of Nowhere, Utah, but that fourteen-year-old boy ended up being a tall, rough-and-tumble, muscular, one-hundred-percent all-man cowboy by the name of Rhett Jameson, you may have been put at risk for falling in love. Please seek counsel immediately.

Dear Counselor,

It was supposed to be simple favor for my very important boss, Frank Kaminsky of the Salt Lake Slammers professional basketball team—go to his good friend Tex Jameson’s luxury ranch and provide personal medical care for his recently injured teenage son.

I thought it’d be a working vacation of sorts—a chance for my city-girl self to experience something I would never otherwise do—but everything is upside down, and absolutely nothing is as I thought it would be.

For one, this patient is not a teenage boy.

He’s a real-life, blue-eyed, tough-as-nails, thirtysomething cowboy who is so darn strong he looks like he could lift a car just for the heck of it.

He’s also stubborn, rude, and we don’t get along . . . at all.

Add in the heart-melting vision of him as a single father to the cutest little girl on the planet, and I’ve found myself in a whole different dimension of trouble.

Lust. Feelings. A whole lot of enemies-to-lovers-style complication.

Please help me. My name is Dr. Leah Levee, I am a victim of false advertising, and if I’m not careful, this Grumpy Cowboy might just be the death of me.

This is another feel-good story without too much angst. Leah Levee is a city girl through and through but she’s been sent on special assignment by her new boss to be the personal physician to a friend’s teenage son. Except Rhett Jameson’s no teen, he’s a tough-as-nails cowboy with no patience for taking it easy and no interest in having his own doctor overseeing his rehab. Leah totters around the ranch on her sky high heels, missing the city and desperate for shopping or even a few bars of cell coverage as Rhett stews in anger, livid at his father’s latest stunt.

There’s tons of fun banter between Leah and Rhett, plus the supporting cast is entertaining, especially Joey. Rhett’s a loving single dad and Joey is the apple of his eye, in her sparkly cowgirl gear with all kinds of sass to match. He works hard on the family ranch but rarely sees eye to eye with his father, but Tex made the right call this time. Rhett’s not taking his injury seriously enough and he’s risking not only his leg but their home and livelihood if he’s not up to taking over the ranch.

Leah and Rhett don’t hit it off immediately but form a grudging bond as Rhett throws challenge after challenge at the city-slicker and she owns each one. He respects her tenacity and adores this intelligent, strong woman. She realizes there’s a big world beyond medical school and the operating room, one she knows little about but she’s eager to learn. They both find themselves wanting things they’ve never imagined, not the least of which is each other. There are LOL funny moments and lots of “Awwww” with his adorable daughter, Joey, but the chemistry between the MCs is what moves this plot. They don’t necessarily want to want each other but can’t help themselves.

There’s a nice epilogue to tie the story up neatly but the extended epilogue available for download is even better, giving us a glimpse of even further into their future. This is book three in Max Monroe’s single dad series but all can be read as standalones.

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