Reviewed by: Ms. Bliss

The Last Cowboy
by Lindsay McKenna

Published November 15, 2011 by HQN

Pure alpha male, fiercely protective of all he holds dear.  The last of a dying breed.  Otherwise known as a pain in the rear.

City girl.  It was written all over her like a sign warning him to keep off.  Sure, Slade McPherson would train her horse…  With his ranch one bad day away from foreclosure, he can’t afford to turn away a paying customer.  But no way is this cowboy getting involved with a woman like Jordana Lawton — no matter how pretty she looks in a saddle.

Yet everything can change in an instant.  A terrifying run-in with an angry bull tilts Slade’s world off its axis, leaving him wounded and unable to compete in a race that could change his future.  For good.  But what happens when this old school cowboy finds himself falling for a modern city girl?

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In her latest offering, The Last Cowboy, Lindsay McKenna delivers an iconic romance between a frustrated, disillusioned rancher and an idealistic city girl. Set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the exacting world of endurance racing and fraught with danger and romance this is a fast paced and engaging read. 

Slade McPherson is on the brink of losing his ranch and the last thing he needs is a City girl engaging his time or his interest.  He wouldn’t be in his current predicament if it hadn’t been for the stock market crash and his bitter divorce from just such a woman.  Could his preconceived perceptions be proven wrong?

Jordana Lawton has her own set of tasteful baggage but begins to see through Slade’s gruff exterior after he agrees, at double his normal fee, to assist Jordana in training her Mustang for Endurance Racing. She is drawn to this jaded cowboy and determined to reach his frozen heart.

Enter Slade’s estranged twin brother Griff who has taken a sudden interest in his share of the failing ranch.  Griff is a “silk suit” in a pig’s trough and Slade has nothing but contempt for him.  Jordana can see the conflict and pain in both of the brother’s and tries to bring them closer together as a villainous neighbor becomes a common enemy. When Slade is injured by a bull, Jordana proves her selflessness and helps Slade to save the ranch!

I thought Lindsay’s characters were likeable and believable although the chemistry between Slade and Jordana could have been a bit more intense and their relationship more developed.  The detailing of Endurance Racing and the world of horses in general was quite lengthy and I thought prevented the storyline from propelling forward at times.  The plot may have been a bit clichéd but Lindsay McKenna brings a delightfully fresh spin!  

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