Maggie Blackbird

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Today, I’m hosting Melanie Munton’s latest release The Bareback Cowboy, book four in the Southern Hearts Club series, a contemporary romance.  Be sure to read my review.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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Title: The Bareback Cowboy
Series: Southern Hearts Club, #4
Author: Melanie Munton
Publication Date: November 23, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance

He might be one of the best riders in the world,
but she’ll give him the buck of his life.

WOULD YOU RATHER… Go through your entire life without ever falling in love?
OR… Have a rough-and-tumble cowboy stomp all over your heart with his sharpened spurs before riding off into the sunset like John f***ing Wayne?

Yeah, that happened. And frankly, I knew better. All cowboys are trouble. I’ve grown up around them my entire life, so I know how they operate. I’ve broken some of the toughest horses in the business. But for some reason, I found this thoroughbred impossible to resist.

A lot of good it did me too. Nothing but tears and comfort eating in the aftermath.

Suddenly, after a year away with no phone calls or texts to show for it, he’s back. He thinks we can pick up where we left off. But I’ve got news for him: His eight seconds with me are already up.

Little do I know, there’s a reason why he’s come back.

And it’s the absolute last thing I expect.

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“Does every cowboy on the goddamn planet want between your legs?”

I don’t know how or why, but I just knew I was going to have to do some sort of explaining regarding my conversation with Landon. But am I really obligated to? I don’t think I owe anyone, even Trace, any explanations at all.

With ire fueling my movements, I spin around, eyes full of warning. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

A muscle pops in Trace’s jaw. “Who was that guy?”

I’m surprised I’m actually willing to appease him by answering. “Someone I used to date. Which falls under the category of none of your business.”

Eyes narrowing to slits, he mutters, “none of my business,” as he backs me up against the concrete wall of the darkened hallway between the bathrooms and the concession stand. When he eventually has me trapped between his arms, he presses his fists against the wall and shifts all his weight onto one foot.

“I think I at least have the right to be annoyed by the fact that he couldn’t stop eye-fucking you as you walked away. Wouldn’t you say, Quinn?”

Oh, the nerve of this man!

My chin goes up in the air. “That doesn’t give you the right to be angry with me.”

“Whoever said I was angry with you?” he asks through clenched teeth. “I’m angry at him for looking at you that way. For ever having had the right to. Or maybe I’m just angry at myself for caring in the first place.”

How he always manages to make my anger pull an abrupt U-turn I’ll never know. Something about his unpracticed, candid reactions just get to me. Even if I don’t like what he’s saying, I’d rather be disappointed with the truth than be happy with a lie.

But this particular truth doesn’t disappoint me at all.

The fact that he’s jealous of Landon coils tightly around my chest, making it feel like all my insides are being squished together.

“Why do you care?” I find myself unwisely asking.

“Because, goddammit. If you’re going to ride any cowboy this summer, it’s going to damn well be me.”

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I don’t read cowboy stories that often, but after checking out the blurb, I was in.  I do enjoy a good rodeo, and the hero, Trace, is king of the rodeo.  Well, at the start of the book he isn’t the king, because he injured himself and he’s on a break at a ranch.  And who happens to be training horses at this said ranch?  The heroine Quin.

I will admit it took a bit for Quin to grow on me.  She was rather defensive about a lot—her age, her job, etc.  And did come across younger than her actual age.  But once the book got rolling, I warmed up to her.  She had empathy and kindness towards Trace’s niece, and I do believe the niece was required in this story to soften Quin.

Through Trace’s niece, Quin begins to discover much about herself, although she doesn’t quite realise this.  It unfolds naturally.

As for the romance between Trace and Quin, since the book is told exclusively in Quin’s POV, we only catch how Quin is feeling.  Naturally, she’s nervous about getting involved with the rodeo king.  These guys, from what Quin has saw, have a gal at every rodeo to warm their beds.  Plus, Quin has goals for herself, and meeting someone after breaking up with a recent boyfriend, wasn’t on her agenda.

Quin’s constant fear is what keeps the duo apart, and Trace’s responsibility to his niece.  I was glad to see an external blockade, and had sympathy for Trace because his niece should come first after what the poor girl’s been through at the hands of Trace’s sister.

It’s a nice romance with a lot of arguing from Quin, and some of her arguments are valid.

It’s heavy on the internal monologue and description.  The sparring between Quin and Trace is believable and humorous at times.

The Bareback Cowboy is a nice Sunday afternoon read after trimming the Christmas tree.  I recommend you give the book a try.  It’s a great look into horses, the rodeo, and life on a ranch.  The author is a strong writer.  And Quin has a nice voice that is very much Quin.

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Melanie grew up in the Midwest, but she loves living in the Southeast (where the beaches are!) now with her husband and daughter.

Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.

She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.

At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.

Go visit Melanie’s website and sign up for her newsletter to stay updated on release dates, teasers, and other details for all of her projects!

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One thought on “Melanie Munton – The Bareback Cowboy

  1. Diana Hardt says:

    It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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